The Central Revelation

What is the point of the Bible? What is the whole point of living a Christian life? Is it to learn to be a good person? If so, I think 99.9% of Christians are failing at it. I wholeheartedly include myself in that 99.9%. And it’s not even just a matter of relativity: As in we are all “bad” because we don’t measure up to Jesus’ walk on earth. That’s not the point, see. So what is the basic and central revelation of the Bible?

Life and building are the basic and central revelation of the Bible.

Remember how the children of Israel were saved from bondage in Egypt? Recall what God said to Pharaoh about letting His people go that a they would serve Him in the wilderness? Well, after they reach the wilderness, what are they required to do? Two big things that we see in Exodus chapters 25-28 are the matters of the tabernacle and the priesthood.

In the gospel of John we also see these two matters. The tabernacle was God’s dwelling place on earth. When the Lord Jesus walked the earth He Himself was the real tabernacle, He was the dwelling place of God. Now in the epistles we are told that we, together, as the church are the dwelling place of God. This is not a matter of who we are, what we do or don’t do, etc. This is 100% a matter of the life within us. The gospel of John tells us that to those who believed into Him He gave the authority to be called children of God. To be a child of God is to have the life of our Father God.

When we have this life, there is a certain issue. In Exodus the sequence is first the life and building (tabernacle) and then the priesthood (service). This means that our service to God issues from our being built into God’s dwelling place and is for the building of God’s dwelling place.

God’s unique goal is the building. God desires to have a house, a home. A place for His rest. He wants this with us. If we want to be those whose service is acceptable and pleasing to the Lord than we must be built up in God’s house and do a work of building up God’s house.

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The Tabernacle

The burden of the message on the three tabernacles (the type, the reality, and the consummation) centers on the experience of the believers in the tabernacle. The experience of it can be seen by the Psalmist’s experience in Psalm 84. The center of this Psalm is in verse 3:

At Your two altars even the sparrow has found a home;/ And the swallow, a nest for herself,/ Where she may lay her young, /O Jehovah of hosts, my King and my God.

The two altars refer to the bronze altar of burnt offering at the entrance in the outer court and the golden incense altar belonging to the Holy of Holies. These two altars have everything to do with our experience of the tabernacle.

The first altar, the bronze altar of burnt offering, was just inside the outer court. It signifies Christ crucified so that sinners may have an entrance into God’s dwelling place. It is at this altar that all of our problems before God are solved. We are redeemed, justified, reconciled, and accepted by God. It is through the daily experience of this Christ that we have the way to come to God boldly and enter into the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies to enjoy all the riches of God.

The second altar, the golden incense altar, was placed before the veil and belonged to the Holy of Holies. This altar signifies the ascended Christ. The Christ sitting at the right hand of God who today is interceding for us. His intercession gives us a deeper, fresher, richer experience of God. As we experience this Christ, we are daily, hourly, moment by moment, brought into a deeper more intimate fellowship with God until between us and God there is no more separation or distinction.

In Psalm 84:3 this type of experience is typified by the sparrow finding a refuge and the swallow building a nest. Our refuge is the cross of Christ. Our home is God Himself.

May the Lord have mercy on us that we would be able to experience these two altars that we might find our home and rest in God’s house.

 

Consider Your Ways!

Thus says Jehovah of hosts, saying, This people says, The time has not come, the time for the house of Jehovah to be built. Then the word of Jehovah came through Haggai the prophet saying, Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled-up houses while this house lies waste? Now therefore says Jehovah of hosts, Consider your ways. You have sown much, but bring in little; you eat, but there is no satisfaction; you drink, but there is no being filled with drink; you dress yourselves, but there is no warmth in doing so; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put them into a bag with holes.

You looked for much, and yet it amounted to little; and when you brought it home, I blew on it. Why? declares Jehovah of hosts–Because of My house that lies waste while you each run to your own house.

Thus says Jehovah of hosts, Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain and bring wood and build the house and I will take pleasure in it and will be glorified says Jehovah. (Haggai 1:2-6, 9, 7-8)

Saints, I was so convicted by the words spoken through Haggai the prophet. I was exposed in that I am like the children of Israel in their unconcern and complacency toward the state of God’s house. God’s house, the Father’s house, our Father’s house lies waste and here I am so wrapped up in myself, running after my own things. I care about my career, my next step in life, my family life, my personal needs, my health. I am bogged down and unsatisfied with where I am in all respects of my own life. Like Ron shared, we are full of anxiety and we reach a stalemate in our life, where nothing satisfies and nothing means anything, why? The answer is simple, because God’s house isn’t first.

You will never be satisfied until God is satisfied in you.

This was our brother’s loving, chastising word in this message. We will never be satisfied until God is satisfied in us, and He finds rest and satisfaction only in His house. If His house lies waste, there is no satisfaction for Him, there is no satisfaction for us. There is no way for us to be neutral in this matter. Either we are those putting God’s house first or our own desires and things, our own “house.” We may say that we are those for the building, we may have the desire, we may have the realization of the need, but what of our living?

If you want the temple to be built, you should live for it!

God’s house today, the Father’s house is not a physical house. It is NOT the building on the corner. The Father’s house is a growing building. It is built up in an organic way through the building in of the Father’s children into the Father and the Father into His children. So, how do we build the House? By telling the Father,

Lord, will you please come with the Father and make an abode with me?

Let Him come to you. Meet Him every morning on the mountain top of your spirit let Him as the kingdom seed in your spirit GROW! Let Him GROW!

Oh Lord Jesus! Grow Thou in me! All things else recede. Lord, though I may react, flinch, even cry, Lord don’t let me go, make your home in my heart! Build me into the Father’s unshakable house. Save me from running after my own things, save me from giving myself to something shakable, save me from self glory, save me from all that is not a part of Your building. Have mercy on me to make me a builded and building member.