The Triune Office in Exodus 17:8-16
“The Triune Office” is a fancy but handy term for the roles of Priest, King and Prophet in Scripture. These three roles are symbolised for us in both the rite of sacrifice (flesh, fire, smoke) and the three furnitures in the Holy Place (Table, Lampstand, Incense Altar). If we have eyes to see, both these patterns can be found in the architecture of Israel’s victory over Amalek. What is even more interesting is its demonstration of the difference between the Old Covenant and the New.
Firstly, the passage follows the matrix pattern:
“Write this as a memorial
in a book
Now that we have parsed the structure, I want you to notice the placement of Moses, Aaron and Hur at Ascension, and then again at Maturity.
Moses is, of course, the Prophet, and Aaron is the Priest. Hur, from the tribe of Judah, represents the coming King. At Ascension, the three go up the hill and stand there as three related but divided offices. Priesthood and kingdom, Church and State, are in place but not united. One might say that the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing. The body is a body of flesh, divided by the sword and displayed on the Bronze Altar (the earth/Land).
It is not until Church and State are united in the enthroned Prophet (representing the Spirit of God incarnate in a glorified Man) that the office becomes indeed Triune, the Altar of Incense, a body of fragrant smoke reunited in heaven. Only once the body is united can the serpent be crushed.