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.

The Secret Revelation

In Psalm 84 we see a loving seeker, one who has entered into a deeper and sweeter experience of the house of God through many sufferings and trials. This one has recovered God as his unique portion after giving Christ the unique position, the place of preeminence. In order for us to understand this secret revelation that we see in this Psalm, we need to know and understand what is the house of God.

In the Old Testament times, the house of God was the tabernacle and temple. Let us take a closer look at the tabernacle, for in so doing we will be able to enter into this same deeper and sweeter experience, just like the psalmist.

John 1:14 tells us: “And the word became flesh and tabernacled among us…” Christ, the incarnated Triune God (Col. 2:9) is the reality of the tabernacle. His becoming a man, was His coming to dwell among His people. His dying on the cross, thus accomplishing redemption, was His opening for us a new and living way to enter into God and dwell with God so that we also would become in Him the dwelling place of God.

So, this is an accomplished fact, but today we must continue to enter in order to not merely have the objective facts, but a subjective reality. In this way we would have those deeper and sweeter experiences. How do we enter? Through the two most important furnishings in the tabernacle, both of which are mentioned in Psalm 84: 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 burnt offering altar, the bronze altar, at the entrance of the tent of meeting, at which were offered the sacrifices for sin signify Christ’s redemption through which we are cleansed objectively and subjectively to have access to enter into God. It is here we become those “sparrows” and “swallows” and God becomes our refuge and rest. The second altar, the golden incense altar, which was within the Holy place and which belonged to the Holy of holies signifies our coming to God in prayer through the ascended Christ by whom we may enter into the Holy of holies, into the direct presence of God’s glory and to be under His direct infusing and speaking.

This way, from the bronze altar, through the lavar, into the Holy place, and through the golden incense altar into the Holy of holies are the highways to Zion mentioned in verse 5. These highways are the internal ways of our coming again and again to God. These highways to Zion are internal and highly subjective. They are a way wrought with sufferings and trails, in fact they are highways that go through the valley of Baca, that is the valley of weeping. When we are absolute for the Lord and for His house, immediately we find ourselves under the opposition and attack of the enemy. However, if our eyes remain set on Zion, the tears shed in the valley become springs because our being is filled by the Spirit. Thus these tears are the early rain, the blessing of the Spirit; eventually they become the manifestation of God’s glory.

What a precious revelation we have in Psalm 84 of the house of God. May we be like this loving seeker who longed and even fainted to be in God’s tabernacles. May the Lord have mercy on us that we may be those with the highways to Zion in our hearts and that through us the church may receive the blessing of the Spirit and God’s glory may be manifested to the entire earth.

 

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