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Bezakel made the Ark in accordance with the instructions given to him by Moses who in turn had received them from God. Moses was not expected to construct all the items commanded of him, nor collect all the materials or act as site foreman. He was the messenger, the intermediary between God and mankind.

In the New Testament there are many messengers too. On the first Easter Sunday morning the two Marys go to visit the tomb when an angel of the Lord appears to them in what is described as an earthquake. The angel proclaims to the women that Jesus has risen from the dead and gives them an important message to pass to the disciples.

Women at that time and in that culture were not considered to be reliable witnesses; nonetheless the messenger of God uses them to act as important messengers to be the first ones to carry the Good News to the disciples. Jesus appears to them and reassures them, re-inforcing the message they are carrying which the women duly pass on to the disciples.

Meanwhile the guards who witnessed these events were bribed to give a false message to the Jews stating that the body of Jesus had been stolen by the disciples during the night to make it appear that he had risen from the dead.

We have to be aware of false messengers today and pray for discernment when we listen to even the most trusted of people in our society and Church. Through prayer and quiet contemplation we will come to know whether what we receive is truly from God or an act of wickedness initiated by the devil.

Scripture: Exodus 37:1-38:31; Matthew 28:1-20, Psalm34:11-22; Proverbs 9:9-10