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39. Be surrounded by His Spirit, feeding on Jesus

Last week we finished with the last item in the Holy Place. So today I want us to have a look at all the symbolism in each of these and see to what conclusion we can come regarding the Holy Place.

First of all we had a look at the engravings inside. We came to the conclusion that we should stay close to God, knowing that He loves us dearly. We should give honor to Him and praise Him. He wants us to talk to Him and to be honest and open to Him. And then flowing from that intimacy, He wants us to walk in the victory Jesus brought for us. He wants us to be defenders of all that is good and do all to the glory of His Name and to lure others in as well.

Secondly we looked at the ten menorahs inside. We realized that the lampstands symbolizes the presence of the Spirit of God in the perfection of Divine order. He welcomes us in to worship Him in Spirit and in truth.

Thirdly we looked at the table of showbread. This showbread showed us that God wants to fellowship with us. Jesus became our bread of life.

Fourthly we had a look at the altar of incense. This altar represents that there are power and victory over all the nations of the earth, in all directions through our prayers. Our prayers strengthen our spiritual relationship with God and give us access into the Most Holy Place through Jesus Christ.

So to what conclusion can we come regarding the Holy Place? We are in the presence of the Holy Spirit. We can fellowship with God, taking Jesus in as our bread of Life. We can be intimate with God and stand tall in the victory that He has bought for us. We can pray with boldness, with power and victory, knowing that we can enter into the Holy Place because of what Jesus did for us.

Isn't it amazing? Inside the Holy Place we are in the presence of the Holy Spirit, Jesus gives us life and life in abundance and our prayers are powerful and bring about victory for His Kingdom! Wow. I am amazed as I write this. Truly amazed. God is so faithful. All He wants is to have us close. He loves us dearly.

I know we are all looking for magic formulas, ten steps of growing closer to God, eight miraculous ways of hearing God's Voice, and all the while God is saying all you need to do is to spend T-I-M-E with Him! That is the magic ingredient T-I-M-E.

Let us all make the time to dwell in the Holy Place. Let us all go and sit in this room and experience the all-encompassing grace of our wonderful God. I cannot imagine anything better than dwelling in the presence of His Spirit, Jesus fellowshipping with us and our conversation (our prayers) going up as incense, pleasing to the Father. Don't you think it is worth your time? I don't know about you, but I am quite excited now, ready to enter into something deeper, something more meaningful. Hallelujah! All glory to Him that I am allowed in. It is all grace!

Father, I just want to glorify You. I just want to praise Your Name forever and ever!! Thank you for giving me access into Your throne room of grace. Thank you for Your unfailing undying love!! Amen

 

 

 

38. Pray with power and victory

Last week we learned that the altar of incense represented the prayers of the people of God. It was in front of the entrance of the Most Holy Place. And this represents that our prayers bring us into the Most Holy Place. And with Jesus' death the curtain was torn. Thus through Him we can gain access into the Throne room!

Now what is interesting to note is that the altar had four horns on the corners of the altar. The Bible has some interesting things to say about horns. So let us have a look at it.

We see that horns were blown in the Israeli victory over Jericho:

"And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets." Joshua 6:4

Thus it is safe to say that the blowing of a horn represents victory.  A horn also represents power:

"His glory is like a firstborn bull, and his horns like the horns of the wild ox; together with them He shall push the peoples to the ends of the earth." Deuteronomy 33:17

This power display is also presented in Revelation 13 where the beast coming out of the sea had ten horns. These ten horns represent the world powers dominant at that stage of world history. Also in Zechariah 1:18,19 horns represent nations who had power to destroy:

"Then I raised my eyes and looked, and there were four horns. And I said to the angel who talked with me, "What are these?" So he answered me, "These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel and Jerusalem."

Thus horns represent power and kingdoms and God's victory being proclaimed. There were four. There are a number of things in creation that is four, namely the seasons, the regions of the earth (north, west, south and east), the earthly elements (earth, air, fire and water) and so forth. And according to the book "Hearing God: Numbers Dictionary" the number four is also used in prophetic visions and can therefore also refer to the spiritual relationship that we have with God.

All in all I think the horns along with the incense burning means that there are power and victory over all the nations of the earth, in all directions through our prayers. Our prayers also strengthen our spiritual relationship with God.

Now if this is true (and it is), why is prayer the one thing that we neglect the most? Why do we rush when we pray before eating and simply say a rhyme we learned years ago? Why do we fall asleep while praying before we go to bed at night? Why do we battle to make time for prayer? But there is always time for social, sport and television. If this tool is so powerful and will provide victory to us, why do we disregard the importance of it?

It is because the devil knows how powerful we will become. It is because he wants to distract us in any way possible, with even good things, that we won't have time for what is truly important. He is sly and will make you think that you are praying against the ceiling of your house and that your prayers amount to nothing. We need to shun him and shut him out of our lives. We need to close the door in his face and open the door to God's Spirit. We need to make time for what is truly important. I read in a book once that it would be an insult to God if He were to answer our half-hearted prayers. And this really hit me as I thought of how I prayed about certain things. If I didn't see the manifestation immediately I stopped praying and thought that His answer might be no. But I never really continued and put my heart and soul into it. Since I started to really truthfully and sincerely pray about things, I have seen a massive difference. It truly is worth the fight.

Make a dedicated decision today to really start praying with your heart and soul and to search for God in all things. Power and victory won't be left behind.

Father, we are sorry that we neglect praying and spending time with You. We are sorry that other things become too important. You are so wonderful and we declare that we want to stop rushing around and that we want to place You first in all things. We love You dearly! Amen

 

 

 

37. The sweet incense of prayer

Last week we had a look at the golden table of showbread and we learned that Jesus is now our bread of life. And He wants us to come to Him, to fellowship with Him and to take in this bread of life, Him. Then His life and life in abundance can flow through us.

Today we will have a look at the altar of incense. The golden altar of incense was in front of the curtain that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. God commanded the priests to burn incense there every morning and evening. The incense was to be left burning continually as a pleasing aroma to God.

The incense burning was a symbol of prayers offered to God. We learn that from:

"Let my prayer be set before You as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice." Psalm 141:2

"Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand." Revelation 8:3, 4

The incense was thus a symbol of the prayers of the saints. And God was pleased to have this aroma before Him day and night. God loves our prayers. He loves to hear from us. He loves to talk to us. And it is interesting to me that the altar of incense was right in front of the entrance to the Most Holy Place. Therefore God was saying prayer, in other words conversation with Him, was the way to enter into the Most Holy Place. Being close to Him, one with Him, gives access into the holiest of all.

Jesus said that we must pray using His Name:

"And whatever you ask in My Name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it." John 14:13, 14

Therefore Jesus is the entrance into the Most Holy Place. Using His Name will give us the right to enter. Why? Because we are too sinful on our own. We cannot enter without a sacrifice. But Jesus came and was our perfect Sacrifice. His death tore the veil in two, giving all of us entrance, clothed with the righteousness of Christ. And then when we pray, our prayers will be granted and what we ask for will be granted. Why? Because we will be praying what Jesus would be praying. We will be thinking and breathing like Him and our requests will be in line with His will. All glory to Him! Then all things will be added unto us.

This year I have learned so much about prayer. Prayer is in essence communication with God, whether audible or not, whether in our soul or in our spirit, or whether it is just a constant knowing that God is close to you. Prayer is just being with Him, knowing everything will work out for my good as I stay close to Him in the Most Holy Place. This type of prayer is sweet incense unto Him and pleases Him. He simply wants your undivided love and attention directed towards Him and His Kingdom. That is why Jesus said all things will be added unto you if you make His Kingdom your primary concern.

Look up to Him, pray, communicate and love. He is good, always!

Father we love to come into Your presence. We love to spend time with You. Thank you for all Your faithfulness. In You lie all the answers to life! Amen

36. Receive life in abundance

Last week we had a look at the ten menorahs that were standing in the Holy Place in the Temple. These menorahs represented His Spirit Who wants to communicate with us and wants us to grow in maturity in Him so that He can entrust us with even more.

Today I want us to have a look at the golden table of showbread. This table had twelve breads on it, representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Once a week the priest would come in and exchange the old breads with new ones. He could eat of the bread, but only in the Holy Place. He couldn't take it outside as it was holy.

Now according to the 'Tabernacle place' website the symbolism was as follows:

"Showbread" also was called "bread of the presence" because it was to be always in the Lord's presence. The table and the bread were a picture of God's willingness to fellowship and communion (literally speaking, sharing something in common) with man. It was like an invitation to share a meal, an extension of friendship. Eating together often is an act of fellowship. God was willing for man to enter into His presence to fellowship with Him, and this invitation was always open."

Isn't it a wonderful symbol? God wants us to fellowship with Him. Jesus showed this to us too. Throughout His ministry He would eat with all kinds of people, with 'obvious' sinners, with His disciples and with religious people. He ate with everyone and fellowshipped with everyone. He came to show God's heart of love to all.

And in John 6:33, 35 He made a profound statement to the people of the day:

"For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. I am the bread of life."

Jesus was in fact saying the time for the showbread has come to an end. He is now the bread of life. He is the One fellowshipping with them. He even went a step further with the Holy Communion and said that they must eat the bread of life now:

"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is My body." Matthew 26:26

Jesus wants us to eat of the bread of life, Him. He wants us to fellowship with Him and to take in the life that He came to give us. He came to give us life and life in abundance (John 10:10). But we must understand this principle. True life is in the Holy Place, surrounded by His Spirit, fellowshipping with Jesus. True life is found in being close to Him. True life is where He is. The question is where are you? If we are still running around in the outer court yard, chasing after this world, craving after things that will fade away, then we cannot have true life. We will get tired and worn out. We will get discouraged and lose hope. Our bodies wouldn't be able to cope and our minds will be racing. And at the end of the day we will be wondering where this abundance of life is that Jesus promised us. But you see we haven't been soaking in His presence, we haven't been fellowshipping with Him. We haven't been growing in the spirit as He wants us to. He has given us everything we need to succeed on a spiritual level, but we do not take it. We rather run around on the outside and Jesus is standing with all His fullness inside, waiting for us to come to Him.

Go in and fellowship with Him. Take Holy Communion and share in His sacrifice. Drink in His blood filled with life and eat His body, the bread of life. See how His life flows through your veins. Be quiet with Him and be filled to the brim with His life and life in abundance.

Thank you Jesus that You came to give us life and life more abundantly! You have given it freely to us. The problem is that we are too busy to take it. We are so sorry about that. We want to fellowship with You and spend more time with You. We love to do that, with You alongside us. Amen

 

35. Mature and receive all that He has for you (2)

After discussing the Temple of God for several weeks now, we are finally through the entrance and into the Holy Place. We are finally a step closer to where God wants us to be ultimately.

Inside the Holy Place there were a number of things. There were ten golden menorahs, five on each side, there were the golden table with the showbread on and there was the golden altar of incense. Today I want us to have a look at the menorahs.

The golden lampstands (menorahs) are mentioned in a couple of places in the Bible. In Revelation 1:12, 13 we see Jesus standing amongst seven lampstands as He appears to John. Here it symbolizes the churches. But in Revelation 4:5 we read:

"And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God."

Here we see that the lampstands represent the Spirit of God. Also in Zechariah 4:10 seven lampstands are mentioned as the eyes of the Lord, which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth. The lampstands in my opinion therefore represent the Spirit of God. And where it symbolizes the churches, God was in fact saying that it symbolizes His Spirit working in each church.

The number ten is again very significant. Ten can refer to the perfection of Divine order, restoration, completion or fulfillment. The lampstands are also set as five on the one side and five on the other. 'The number five can also refer to true worship. Worship is an act of grace as no one can worship except those who are sought and called by the Father' - Hearing God: Numbers dictionary - Martin van der Merwe.

Therefore the lampstands symbolizes the presence of the Spirit of God in the perfection of Divine order. He welcomes us in to worship Him in Spirit and in truth. That is why Jesus says in John 4:24:

"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

That is exactly what we must be doing. Our spirit is born again the moment we accept Jesus into our lives and from that moment on we must worship Him in spirit and in the truth of the Word. And how do we do that? By connecting with Him, by reading the Bible and knowing who we are in Him, by spending quiet time with Him connecting Spirit to spirit. God loves it if we communicate with Him not with our minds, but with our spirits nestled deep within. Unfortunately most of us exercise our bodies and our minds, but our spirits get left behind. That is why the Bible says that we must renew our minds (Romans 12:2), in order for us to start to know ourselves in the spirit. We are newly created beings, but unfortunately a lot of us stay babies in the spirit, we do not grow and move on in the spirit with Him. God wants us to grow; He wants us to get off milk and to start walking in the fullness of all that we are in Him and all that He has bought for us by His precious blood. He wants us to mature in Him. He can only entrust us with the amount that we have grown. No human being will give his four year old his company to run. He will wait for him to learn several things and to mature to a level where he would be able to take over. And the same is true of God. He cannot entrust us with a lot if we are still four year olds in the spirit. We can be 90 year old in the flesh and still be four years old in the spirit. This is not what God wants. He wants us to grow.

Where are you in the spirit? How old do you think you are? Don't you think it is time to grow up? God wants you to and He has so many things He wants you to do for Him. But He cannot give it to you if you don't grow in Him.

I personally want to grow. I am hungry for more and more. And you know what, the more I eat, the more He gives. It is true and it is wonderful! I look forward to what He has in store for me and to all the revelations He will still bless me with. And the same is true for you!

Thank you dearest Father for all that You are blessing me with. You are truly amazing. You provide me with so much and I glorify Your Name. You are the God of more than enough. I see that every day and I look forward to all that You have planned for me. Amen

 

34. Spend time in the presence of love

Last week we finished with the symbolism of the entrance of the Temple. But as we've seen the whole Temple inside is decorated in the same manner as the entrance, namely with cherubim, palm trees, open flowers and gold.

So let us take all these images together and see to what conclusion we can come.

Firstly we had a look at the cherubim engraved on the entrance. We came to the conclusion that it depicts that we must stay close to God, in His presence. We should be defenders of all that is good and continue praising His holy Name.

Secondly we had a look at the palm trees engraved on the entrance. We concluded that we must walk in the victory that Jesus bought at the cross for us. We should give honor to Him, praise Him and then flourish where we are planted.

Thirdly we had a look at the open flowers engraved on the entrance. The flowers depicted for us God's deep love for us, His special way of surrounding us with flowers and saying 'I love you'. Flowers also serve as a warning to us that things done for the glory of man will fade, but things done for God will last forever.

And lastly we had a look at the meaning of gold. Gold reflects the absolute majesty and infinite richness of God. The gold is used to lure us into the Temple and once there, we must be honest and open with Him, genuine in our faith.

So once we enter into the Temple God wants us to know the following:

We should stay close to God, knowing that He loves us dearly. We should give honor to Him and praise Him. He wants us to talk to Him and to be honest and open to Him. And then flowing from that intimacy, He wants us to walk in the victory Jesus brought for us. He wants us to be defenders of all that is good and do everything to the glory of His Name and in the process lure others in as well.

God's heart is a heart of love. God IS love (1 John 4:8), and everything He does flows out of it. Therefore in a nutshell He is telling us to come closer to Him, to stay near to His heart of love. And then He wants us to go out and attract others to Him as well. He loves to love. He wants us and all His wayward children close by His side. He wants to protect us like a hen protecting her chicks. Go and read Psalm 91 again. God has such fabulous promises for us in that Psalm, but all of them will only realize when we 'abide in the shadow of the Almighty'. In other words close to Him. All answers lies up, close and personal. Jesus died and gave access to us to have this wonderful relationship with Him. Stop running around and appreciate the fullness of what He has given us. Stand in awe of the wonderful gift you have, the amazing invite that has been extended towards you. And grab it with both hands. Enter into the Temple and just be with Him. With an earthly mindset we will feel as if we are not doing anything. But in effect we are doing infinitely more than we can ever imagine or think. God will then go behind the scenes and fight for us and help us in ways we never even thought possible. Just come. That is all.

Thank you Jesus for opening the way for us. Thank you for dying for us to make all of this possible. We thank you and praise You forever! We are sorry that we do not always make time for You. We are sorry that this world becomes too important for us. Here we come. We are entering into Your presence and we rejoice in all that You are. Amen

 

 

33. Your genuine faith is more precious than gold

Last time we had a look at how God wants to say 'I love you' in a very special way. He wants to bless us with flowers that will never fade away in His Presence in the Temple. He wants us so close to Him that He can flow through us and produce even more flowers that can never fade away, flowers that will have eternal value.

Now today I want us to explore the entrance and the engravings in the Temple further. As I've mentioned last time, basically everything was overlaid with gold.

Gold is a symbol of wealth; it resembles kings and all their glory. Gold is the underlying wealth of all monetary value. The amount of gold that one has truly reflects your wealth. The prosperity of the kings in the Old Testament was truly measured by the amount of gold that they had. And the kings were truly overflowing with riches when even their clothing was woven with it:

"The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace; her clothing is woven with gold." Psalm 45:13

So when God's wealth and splendor is depicted and explained to our frail brains, gold is used as a way for us to understand the infinite riches that He possesses. When the New Jerusalem is described it is not surprising that an overwhelming amount of gold is mentioned:

"The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass." Revelation 21:18

A whole city made of gold. Wow! Our limited minds cannot fathom the expanse of God's overwhelming richness and glory. I think the golden image was given to us, so that we can try and comprehend in a small way the wonders of God. But I think it is so much more, so much deeper and intricately woven, that we won't understand it now. But it excites me to know that there is more, it flutters within me knowing that our God cannot be fathomed by our restricted minds. Gold is just a miniature piece displaying who our God really is!

Now as wonderful as gold is, it is amazing to read in 1 Peter 1:7 that God says that the genuineness of our faith is more important to Him than gold. He wants us to be genuine when we approach Him. He wants us to be honest, frank and open. The gold means nothing to Him. It reflects a small part of His glory, but it doesn't mean anything to Him. Our honest faith is all that matters now.

I realize now what God wants to tell us with the gold in the Temple. The gold is there to lure us in. It is there to bring us closer to Him. Nowhere in the outer court is gold, only from the entrance onwards. And the reason is, because God wants to attract us closer to Him. It reveals a part of His character, and it reveals His authority as King. And once there, He wants us to be genuine and honest with Him. He wants us to lay our souls bare and to talk to Him. He wants us to just 'be' in His presence and to trust Him with everything. He wants our total surrender.

What attracts you to God? What about Him blows your mind? Go and think about it this week. Tell God and talk with Him about how amazing He is. Glorify Him in everything you do and exalt His Name on high. Then be open and honest with Him. Tell Him what you are worried about, tell Him what your concerns are and even tell Him if you are disappointed with 'Christianity'. Open up to Him, it means more to Him than all the gold in the Universe. His children coming to Him and being close to Him is all that He wants.

Come and enter into the Temple, all the answers are there, all the comfort and all the love. You simply need to enter in.

Father Your Temple is truly glorious. It is so wonderful! Thank you so much that we are allowed to enter in. Thank you that Jesus opened the way for us. We praise Him on high! And we glorify Your Name. Amen

 

 

 

95. Easter 2019

It is Easter and I am once again reminded of how much God loves us. He gave up His most precious Son, in order to have us as His sons and daughters. And as His sons and daughters, we have access to His liberal fountain of love. Psalm 36:7-9 in the Passion Translation displays this perfectly:

"O God, how extravagant is Your cherishing love! All mankind can find a hiding place under the shadow of Your wings. All may drink of the anointing from the abundance of Your house. All may drink their fill from the delightful springs of Eden. To know You is to experience a flowing fountain, drinking in Your life, springing up to satisfy."

Isn't it beautiful? We can find a hiding place from all terror, all crime, all stress under the shadow of His wings. But notice that it says 'under the shadow'. To be under someone's shadow, one needs to be close to him. And that is exactly what God desires. We can be His children, but not necessarily be close to Him. But that is His heart's desire, our closeness to Him. He wants us to experience Him as He truly is and He wants us to experience His unconditional love up close and personal.

It is when we are up close and personal that we can drink from the anointing of the abundance of His house. We can drink our fill from the delightful springs of Eden. We will never thirsty, but we will be hydrated, ready to take on anything that the world might throw at us.

Then when we spend the time with Him and in His Word, we get to know Him, truly know Him and His heart beat for this world. It is then that we experience a soothing flowing fountain springing up inside of us. This fountain will provide life for us as it should be and we will be satisfied. We will have true Shalom, the way things ought to be. We will be content with where we are and with what we have, we will be filled to the brim with Him and more and more of Him. Hallelujah! We will have our heart's desires because it will be in line with His heartbeat.

And all this is ours because Jesus died on the cross. Life in abundance is there for the taking because Jesus opened the way for us. We have free access to the delightful springs of Eden, preserved for the sons and daughters of the Most High. We can commune in His presence and spend quality time with Him, because the veil was torn. And there in His presence are the answers of all of life's questions. There is all that we need for our time here on earth. There is all the wisdom, health, peace, wellness and strength that we need. We simply need to enter in.

Are you ready to enter in? Are you ready to experience so much more in this life? It is freely available to you, Jesus opened the way. He is the way, the truth and the life. Take His hand and allow Him to lead you on His destined road for you. So many Christians wander off the best pathway for their lives. Do not allow that to happen to you. Stay close to Him, He will lead and guide you. He wants what is best for you. Trust in Him, give over to Him and allow Him to breathe His life into you. He wants to; you simply need to allow Him.

Father, thank you for sending Your precious Son to us. Thank you that we can rejoice and honor Him! Thank you that He opened the way for us to enter into Your holy presence. It is such an honor and a privilege and yet we take it for granted so many times. We are sorry and want to stay under the shadow of Your wings. There we are safe and secure, able to drink of the fountain of life. Hallelujah! We praise and honor You! Amen

32. See the spiritual flowers in your life

Last week we had a wonderful revelation of the meaning of the two pillars in front of the Temple. It is so amazing to see that all the symbolism surrounding the Temple is there to draw people closer to God. That is His hearts' desire. To have people close to Him. And when we are close to Him, life will make sense and we can have a clearer view of what is going on in our lives.

Today I want us to have a look at the entrance of the Temple:

"The two doors were of olive wood; and he carved on them figures of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, and overlaid them with gold; and he spread gold on the cherubim and on the palm trees." 1 Kings 7:32

Again symbolism is locked in the carvings used. In fact the whole Temple inside had these three symbols namely cherubim, palm trees and open flowers.

We have looked at the meanings behind the cherubim and the palm trees, so today we will have a look at the open flowers. The Bible talks a lot about flowers. Let us have a look at a couple of verses and see to what conclusion we can come.

"I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys." Song of Solomon 2:1

"The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land." Song of Solomon 2:12

If we look at these two verses Jesus compares Himself to the rose of Sharon. And in His love language for His bride He mentions flowers quite often. Today we also associate flowers with a gift of love, friendship or even sympathy. Flowers are beautiful and there to be enjoyed. It says 'I love you' in so many ways.

But of course flowers can fade away as well as we see in 1 Peter 1:24, 24:

"All flesh is as grass and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the Word of the Lord endures forever."

God compares all the glory of man to flowers that falls away. All our own efforts, all our own striving will amount to nothing at the end of the day. But fortunately the Bible says that the flowers in the Temple are open flowers. In other words it is symbolic of flowers that will never fade away, because they are blooming in the presence of God.

Thus the open flowers in the Temple tell us that God loves us dearly. He wants to give us flowers and say 'I love you' in a special way. Nowhere outside the Temple were flowers except for the lilies depicting God's provision. But otherwise, if we want to be surrounded by His love, we need to enter into the Temple and stay there. And there the flowers will last, because all the flowers inside is to the glory of God and not to the glory of man. All we do whilst inside the Temple is to His glory and the fruit of what we do led by His Spirit will last forever, it will never fade away.

Walk in this life and see the open flowers that God wants to bless you with. See Him in everything and glorify Him in all. Then you will have treasures in Heaven, where it will never fade and stand the test of time.

Father thank you for all the flowers all around us. Thank you that when we do see physical flowers, that they are a reminder to us of all Your love, blessings and goodness. You are so amazing, so wonderful, such a blessed God. It is wonderful to know that everything we do flowing out of Your presence have eternal value. We praise You for that. Amen

31. Follow Him into the Temple

Last time we had a wonderful revelation of the meaning of the two pillars and their names (please have a look at it again to refresh your memory). We learned that God established a new covenant with us through the sacrifice of His Son and now He wants us to walk in agreement with Him. He wants us to enter into the Temple, unto a deeper revelation of Him.

Now today I want to finish off the two pillars by looking at the detail on the pillars themselves. The top of the pillars were in the shape of lilies and there were pomegranates on the pillars too:

"The capitals on the two pillars also had pomegranates above, by the convex surface which was next to the network; and there were two hundred such pomegranates in rows on each of the capitals all around." 1 Kings 7:20

Okay, so let us take a look at these two symbols. First of all we've seen in previous weeks that lilies resemble God's provision and care. God would look after them and provide for them.

Secondly let us have a look at pomegranates in the Bible. In Numbers 13:23 we see that the scouts brought back pomegranates to show how wonderful the Promised Land was. The pomegranates were a sign of a prosperous new future. Also in Deuteronomy 8:8 Moses mentions pomegranates to tell them how full of abundance the Promised Land is. Amongst so many things he could have mentioned he mentions pomegranates along with milk and honey and a couple of other things. But the point is, it was a sign of good things, God's unearned favor bestowed upon them. Another place where pomegranates are mentioned is in Song of Songs 6:11 and 8:2. Pomegranates are mentioned here as abundance provided and as a delicatessen to be enjoyed. It was certainly a sign of good things to be enjoyed. Therefore we can conclude that pomegranate is a symbol of prosperity and life to be enjoyed with God.

Interestingly there were two hundred on each pillar. Now the meaning of two hundred is complete deficiency. 'It is a strong expression of a person that is completely devoid of solutions or not able to provide sufficiently' (Hearing God - Numbers dictionary - Martin van der Merwe). Now, if we add the two together we come to four hundred and this means: full dominion/power/authority. So for me the meaning is clear, if Israel were to walk alone they would be completely deficient, devoid of solutions, but if they walk together with God they will have full dominion.

So, let us take all these together and see what God wants to reveal. He is saying that if Israel will walk with Him in full dominion, He will look after them and provide for them like the lilies. He will give them life to be enjoyed in abundance like the pomegranates.

If we take all this together with what we learned last week we can apply it to our lives today as well. God is saying that we need to walk with Him in agreement in the New Covenant that He has established for us. Alone we are completely deficient, but together with Him we can walk in full dominion. He will look after us and will give us access into His Promised Land where there is prosperity and a wonderful life to be enjoyed.

Sounds too good to be true doesn't it? Sounds like a fairy tale, and yet it is the Word of God teaching us this. We are more inclined to believe what the world tells us than what the Word of God says, so sad. And you know what; it is when we run around in the outer court, in the world, that we get hurt. It is when we rush around and are too busy to go up the steps to the entrance of the Temple that we get frustrated and discouraged.

I have seen this with my own life. I actually liked the outer court at one stage of my life because I truly succeeded in it. I received acclaim and I received the medals. So it was nice for me there. But God wanted more for me, He wanted me to go deeper, He wanted me to enter into the Temple with Him. He wanted me to walk in agreement with Him. But I didn't want to go, I resisted. I wanted to stay where praises could be seen and experienced. I wanted to stay where the world clapped their hands for me and looked up to me. And then God had to take me through a journey where it became unbearable for me to stay in the outer court. All acclaim vanished and the medals were given to others. I was thrown with mud and I stained my most precious dress. I got hurt and I lay there for a long time. I didn't want to get up and I felt very sorry for myself and I was angry with God too. I was truly angry that He allowed this to happen to me. How could He? But ever so gently He worked with me, He gently came and washed off the mud from my face. He extended His hand and lifted me up. And slowly but surely my heart softened through the care of the Holy Spirit, and I started to walk after Him. Up the steps, past the pillars and into the Temple. And I can honestly say, wow. Deeper and deeper with Him, wow. It is nothing compared to the acclaim I received in the outer court, nothing! It is SO much more. It is exhilarating. Walking with Him is amazing. I will tell more of my journey later. But for now ask yourself the question as to where you are? Where is God in your story? Are you ready to follow Him? Don't shun Him. He won't force you to follow Him into the Temple, but He really wishes you would. He wants to look after you and bring you into the Promised Land. Most Christians stay outside and never experience the fullness that He has for them, what are you going to do?

Father, wow. Thank you for my journey, for my story. All of us have a story to tell. Thank you for loving me too much to leave me in the outer court. I love and praise You. You are My Provider, the One I will love forever and ever! Amen