TABERNACLES – HIS DWELLING PLACE

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The temporary dwelling places (sukkot) built during the Feast of Tabernacles remind God’s people of the clouds of glory that surrounded Is-real during their wanderings through the desert on their way to the Promised Land: “And the Lord was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night” (Exodus 13:21 NAS). 

It was a miraculous life. As His people journeyed through the wilderness, their clothes never ever wore out. Image that for a moment. Forty years of walking in a hot and dry land, and your shoes look and feel perfect. It sounds like a heavenly foreshadow of “who is this that comes up from the wilderness, leaning on her Beloved?” (SS 8:5).

Everyone who desires to be part of His Pure and Spotless Bride has wilderness experiences. Everyone. Notice how there is a fairly quick transition from the High Holy Days – Days of Awe – with their somber mood of repentance and judgment to one of rejoicing and celebration. Tabernacles with its command to build a sukkah (plural sukkot) and make it their home is not called “The Season of Our Joy” for nothing. Rejoicing and joy is intimately connected to the Bride of Christ: “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10 NKJV).

It is not a coincidence that the period between the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is the same period that marks the beginning of the construction of God’s Tabernacle – the Mishkan – sanctuary in the desert (Exodus 25:8-9). According to Hebraic Tradition, Moses ascended Mount Sinai the second time for 40 days and nights to receive the second set of tablets. He carried them down the mountain as a sign of God’s forgiveness for the sin of the Golden Calf on Yom Kippur. These Ten Commandments were in actuality a marriage contract with Is-real. The following day Moses told the people about God’s instructions for building a Dwelling Place (Exodus 35-36:1-7).

Therefore, the various iterations of God’s Dwelling Place are connected to His marriage contract. What was promised at Sinai is being realized in our day. In this Kingdom Day, we as His Living Stones, are being built into the greatest Dwelling Place of all – the New Jerusalem where: “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be their God… Come here, I will show you the Bride, the Lamb’s wife” (Revelation 21:3,9b).

~ Robin Main

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Copyright October 2, 2015 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main

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 MEL GEL Study Guide book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578188538/

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• SANTA-TIZING: What’s wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up book => https://www.amazon.com/SANTA-TIZING-Whats-wrong-Christmas-clean/dp/1607911159/

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CRUX FOR GOD’S DWELLING PRESENCE

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In the beginning God created a pristine garden and a perfect man (Genesis 1:26). This perfect pre-fallen man was a tri-parti being: body, soul and spirit. His perfection was a body clothed in righteousness, a soul that housed the dwelling place of God, and a spirit that constantly communicated with his Creator. Take note, because His people are returning to this heavenly sweet spot, which is our primordial state AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING.

Let’s review the “cherubim” classification for the New Living Creature of Melchizedek before we go into how the shekinah glory (His Dwelling Presence) remains in you and me. Please refer to the TAKING ON COMMON UNION series: http://wp.me/p2k1dQ-i9.

Scripture tells us that CHERUBIM:

[1] Mark the spot for us returning to our pristine primeval state. They stand at the entrance of the Garden of Eden with a flaming sword which turns every way to keep the way to the Tree of Life (Gen. 3:24).

[2] Mark the Dwelling Place of God, because He “dwells between the cherubim” (Psa. 80:1). In God’s Dwelling Places that have been built here on earth (Tabernacle, Temple and the New Jerusalem), cherubim are the most frequently sculpted, engraved, & embroidered figures made according to a heavenly pattern given by the Lord Himself (Exo. 26:1, 26:31-33; 36:8, 36:35; 1 Kings 6:29-35; 2 Chron. 3:7).

[3] Carriers of God’s throne, which is the seat of His divine glory as well as His royal power (1 Chron. 28:18). Cherubim make up the foundation of His fiery chariot throne that bears God’s Kingdom here on earth (Dan. 7:9; Ezek. 1:22-28; 10:1). God’s royal priests set out for the goal of the high calling to become just like Yeshua — the High Priest of the eternal order of Melchizedek. His Melchizedek Company is the Messenger that will facilitate the kingdoms of this world becoming the kingdoms of our Lord, and His Christ (Rev. 11:15).

This is the context that is essential to understanding the requirements needed for the Lord’s special dwelling presence to stay. His shekinah literally requires holiness. People have tried to boil holiness down to a formula of dos and don’ts, but that will always miss the mark because holiness is a love issue. Doing what Scripture prescribes for holiness taps into the prerequisites for which God’s Presence can dwell among us, but we must always take into account that His people’s hearts must be totally engaged when we seek to lovingly obey Him.

Believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob need to consider that the shekinah glory dwelt in the midst of Israel for generations: “The people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption of sons; theirs the divine glory…” (Rom. 9:4). First century believers understood the biblical holiness requirements, which facilitated God’s dwelling presence. When the Holy Spirit fell at Pentecost, the church experienced His manifest presence. They additionally sustained a multi-generational revival for more than three hundred years, because they understood how to live in God’s presence.

For the church to sustain His awe-filled presence today, we need to accurately grasp His minimum requirements for purity and their relevant application in our lives. Please let us learn from history, so we don’t repeat it. God’s dwelling presence departed from the Christian church when the pagan holidays were assimilated into it. Historical proof is seen in the departure of daily miracles from among them. Scriptural proof is spelled out in Ezekiel 8-11. We are not going into this passage in detail today. Please note, as you personally read it that God’s presence slowly and sorrowfully departed, for He longs for His people to repent so His presence may return or remain.

“Son of man, do you see what they are doing … things that will drive Me far from My sanctuary?” (Ezekiel 8:6). The four idolatrous practices listed in Ezekiel 8:3-5, 9-12, 14, 16 originated in Babylon, and the Bible says that they are detestable to God. BTW – These all have to do with pure worship. Today, we will only peek at the fourth and most detestable practice in His eyes that drives Him far from His sanctuary: “So He brought me into the inner court of the LORD’s house; and there, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the sun toward the east” (Ezekiel 8:16 NKJV).

The fourth and most detestable practice was performed in the inner court of the house of the Lord between the porch and the altar. The inner court symbolizes those who are intimately acquainted with God. The porch is a place of traversing back and forth. It can be akin to a heaven and earth connection. The altar was a platform of sacrificial worship, where worshipers endeavored to meet with their God. So these twenty-five or so men, who were bowing down to the sun with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, were His close companions. They were people who knew and loved the Lord; yet they still grievously bowed down to and worshiped the sun, whether they acknowledged the fact or not.

It is not until Ezekiel 9:3 that the departure of God’s presence begins. His shekinah glory moves over His fiery chariot throne – a set apart remnant of His people. Then, His shekinah glory is carried by the Living Creature from the inner court to the threshold of His sanctuary. The Lord hesitates there to see if His people will notice His leaving. Will they repent and welcome His manifest presence back? He waits, then in Ezekiel 10:19 God’s glory moves further away to the eastern gate. He waits again. His people still won’t repent of their idolatry, so God’s shekinah glory moves out of Jerusalem (the city of our God) across the Kidron Valley to the Mount of Olives (Ezekiel 11:23). Then God waits again for the people to turn from their idols. Where’s does Scripture say that the Lord will return? The Mount of Olives both spiritually and physically (Zechariah 14:4).

The pagans in the fourth century recognized their own solar cults in the church’s adoption of the Nativity of the Unconquered Sun (Mithra’s Winter Festival). They recognized the church assimilation of their pagan practices in the orienting cathedrals to the east, worshiping on “sun day,” and celebrating the birth of the sun god deity at the Winter Solstice. Throughout antiquity, all sun gods across all cultures celebrated their birthday on the ancient winter solstice – December 25th – before the Roman shift in time. The Catholic Encyclopedia even documents that the Nativity or Mithra’s Winter Festival has a strong claim on our December 25th date. Never mind the fact that Constantine had the Vatican built atop the hill where the Mithras cult worshiped the sun. History records that it had become common practice in the fifth century for worshipers entering St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome to turn at the door, put their backs to the altar, and bow down to worship the rising sun. See Ezekiel 8:16.

When the Lord says that “Christmas will be the golden calf of America,” He is telling us that it is idolatry in His eyes. The Lord has given each of us the responsibility to prepare a place for Him: “Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:3). His shekinah glory cannot dwell where there is idolatry; therefore, His dwelling presence can not, and will not, coexist with this golden calf we call Christmas. Idolatry is the crux that determines whether His shekinah glory will merely visit His people or dwell among them. If it’s your heart-of-hearts to be part of Yah’s glorious Melchizedek and Bridal companies, you will have to pass through this fire.

~Robin Main

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Copyright December 10, 2013 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main

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[2] WHERE CHRISTMAS COMES FROM – http://wp.me/p158HG-1t & http://wp.me/p158HG-2m

[3] BI-POLAR NATURE OF CHRISTMAS – http://wp.me/p158HG-9p

[4] THE LAND OF MERCHANTS – http://wp.me/p158HG-jF

[5] NORTH POLE GOING SOUTH? – http://wp.me/p158HG-kH

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 MEL GEL Study Guide book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578188538/

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• Set of Hebrew Living Letter Flash Cards => http://www.sapphirethroneministries.com/art.html

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• Blazing New Wine of Hanukkah: Bridal Restoration of DNA book => https://www.amazon.com/Blazing-New-Wine-Hanukkah-Understanding-ebook/dp/B010MHNZMK/

• SANTA-TIZING: What’s wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up book => https://www.amazon.com/SANTA-TIZING-Whats-wrong-Christmas-clean/dp/1607911159/

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In this Kingdom Day, We are to Offer our Hearts like Zebulun

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First of all, please note if you desire to have greater clarity to the prophetic Kingdom Day in which we now live, study the phrase “third day” in Scripture. For those of you unfamiliar with this concept, meditate upon: If “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years” (2 Peter 3:8), then we have entered the third day since Christ walked this earth.

Now, let’s look at how Scripture shows us that on the third day, the tribe of Zebulun was instructed by God to bring the tribal offering for the dedication of His Altar:

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Let them present their offerings, one leader each day, for the dedication of the altar.’ On the third day it was Eliab the son of Helon, leader of the sons of Zebulun” (Numbers 7:11, 24).

The dedication ceremony for God’s Altar is a picture of the way God’s people can enter His Dwelling Place. Understand that when we dedicate something, we [1] devote it to the worship of a divine being, [2] set it apart for sacred uses, and [3] commit to a goal or way of life.

In the Old Testament, the Altar in God’s Tabernacle/ Temple represented the hearts of the people. The word “heart,” in Ancient Hebrew, is a word picture that tells us that the heart is what controls the family or the heart controls that which is on the inside. If the Israelite’s hearts were not right in trying to obey and walk humbly before their God, their sacrifices meant nothing.

If we are to dedicate our hearts like Zebulun, what does that mean? Jacob prophesied over his son: “Zebulun shall dwell at the seashore; and he shall be a haven for ships” (Genesis 49:13). The name Zebulun means dwelling place. It also means flashing light. Zebulun was to be a keeper of the lights of the harbor. In Ancient Hebrew, the word “dwell” means the work of returning (to our primordial state, as in the garden of Eden) and it also means to have a house.

If you research the Hebrew meaning of the word “dwell” in the Strong’s Concordance, you see the word “shakan” (pronounced shaw-kan). Shakan is a primary root word and its meaning is akin to transmutation through the idea of lodging. When we behold (hold) Him, we shall become like Him. I looked up the word “transmutation” in my dictionary. It means to change or alter in form or nature, especially to a higher form; for example, conversion of base metals into gold or silver. A synonym for the word transmutation is the word transform.

Please allow me show you that in this Kingdom Day, the All Sufficient, All-Powerful, All-Knowing God will strengthen us as we make Him our dwelling place. As we settle in(to) Christ, we will return to our primordial state as in the garden; and, He Himself, the King of Glory will twist or roll His Body together.

When Zebulun presented their offerings for the dedication of the altar (Numbers 7:24), Eliab the son of Helon was chosen in Moses’ day. Eliab’s name firstly means “God of his father.” So what does his father name mean? Helon means to be strong or a force such as an army, wealth, virtue, strength. (For more information about loving God with all your strength, please refer below.)

Specifically, this force/strength is a dance or it means to writhe in pain (i.e. fellowship in His sufferings). Figuratively this force or strength means to wait as in “be still and know I am God,” to bear, to bring forth or to travail (birth). It also means to twist or whirl in a circular, spiral manner. This is interesting, because the root meaning of Eliab’s name is the Hebrew word “uwl,” which so far has been an unused root and means to twist or roll the body together.

The definition of “twist” in the World Book Dictionary includes to turn with a winding motion, revolve, interweave, to connect closely together or associate intimately. As a noun, “twist” means a spiral line or pattern, a spin or twirl, or (get this!) a cord, thread, or strand formed by twisting fibers, yarns, etc. This is the thread that the Lord is using to knit His people together. The thread is each individual part, you and I, working properly according to the leading of the Spirit of the Living God. It’s a heavenly strand of DNA:

“holding to and walking in the truth in love, we are growing up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held (knitted) together by what every joints supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16 NASB).

I had a vision where I saw Yeshua different than ever before. He had a chiseled appearance like an Academy Awards Oscar statute. He was entirely dark, in fact black in appearance, except for royal blue highlights. I believe that the color black symbolizes the secret things hidden in darkness (Isaiah 45:3) as well as Yeshua being the Definitive One, and royal blue represents revelation. Below Yeshua’s chest was a square opening like a door. (I saw nothing below His waist.) I came to Him in the vision, and was fitted perfectly into the very chamber that was below His heart just like a dovetail joint in a chest of drawers. We were literally connected in an embrace – the two becoming one.

As soon as we were joined together, we started to spin in a circular motion – to twist. The circular spin rolled into an upward spiral going higher and higher. I then saw a sinister figure that I knew was a principality. We whirled right past him – higher and higher – so high above the principality that he no longer knew where we were. The scene then changed to Yeshua in a courtroom – the Judge. I saw Him straighten His arm and point His finger; then I saw that I was tucked in the chamber under His heart, which looked like a doorway. When Yeshua pointed, I saw that I pointed as well, perfectly synchronized with Him.

Jesus, “the Judge,” which in Ancient Hebrew “judge” is a picture of the door to life, taking us higher to be one with Him. “Eden” in Ancient Hebrew means to see the judge or to see the door of life – Yeshua. We will behold Jesus as we offer our hearts as a daily sacrifice by spending intimate time with Him. Before a bride gets married, she is consumed with her lover – thoughts, conversations, hopes and dreams.

We will become that Dwelling Place for the King (Revelation 3:12; Revelation 21:3). We will manifest what the Strong’s definition of “dwell” says: to lodge, permanently stay, abide, have a habitation, lie down for rest or intimacy, ravish, and decease from any other purpose at all.

Won’t you make room for Him in your inn?

On this prophetic third day, Almighty God will strengthen us as we make Him our dwelling place; and He Himself, will twist or roll His Body together, as we rest in Him. In other words: As we dwell with Him, He will twist and roll us together individually.

BRIDAL ADDITION

Let’s take this picture to another level — a corporate level. Not only do we want to build a dwelling place for the King, but we want to inhabit or dwell there too. This requires that we always keep our eye on becoming the Bride of Christ. So in your mind’s eye, picture a woman twisting and rolling upward. Picture the heavenly formation of the Bride of Christ on earth. In this Kingdom Day, as we dwell with HIM, HE will twist and roll us together corporately.

Esther chapter 2 talks about the one who twists and rolls the Bride together is her Father. By the way, this is the meaning behind the name of Esther’s father “Abihail.” In Esther 2:15, Esther required NOTHING but what the king’s chamberlain appointed to come to the king. My Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary tells me that a chamberlain is a servant or attendant on a sovereign or lord in his bedchamber. A chamberlain was the curator of the most intimate, a chief officer in the household of the king, and a treasurer. As the king’s treasurer of his liege’s most precious possessions, the chamberlain was the officer entrusted with the king’s resources, which is equivalent to the Bridal Love Portion of loving God with all your strength. Please refer to “Here Comes the Bride“ https://sapphirethroneministries.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/here-comes-the-bride/.

~ Robin Main

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www.mysticmentoring.com

Copyright September 25, 2013 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main

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 MEL GEL Study Guide book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578188538/

• MEL GEL Study Guide: Volume 2 book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998598232/

• Set of Hebrew Living Letter Flash Cards => http://www.sapphirethroneministries.com/art.html

• All STM Resources (usually cheaper than Amazon), including teaching videos => http://www.sapphirethroneministries.com/resources.html

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• SANTA-TIZING: What’s wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up book => https://www.amazon.com/SANTA-TIZING-Whats-wrong-Christmas-clean/dp/1607911159/ was written to fulfill a vow made to Yeshua’s face to tell the Christian Church that “Christmas will be the Golden Calf of America.” It took 10 years of full-time research, a golden scribe angel and the Spirit’s leading to unearthing His Truth in the sands of time. It covers every argument that you have ever heard about Christmas.

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Whites Stones are the Perfect Building Block

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WHITE STONES are the perfect building blocks for God’s Permanent Dwelling Place in the Spirit.

Yesterday, we discussed that a white stone represents the essence of oneness — you or I being one with the Father, Son and His Spirit. The incredible chapter of John 17 articulates that those that are “not of the world” (John 17:14,16) receives and truly understands the words which the Father gave to Yeshua (John 17:8) as well as make the Father’s name known to men.

How did Yeshua (i.e. Jesus) make the Father’s name known to men? According to John 17:6, Yeshua manifested the Father’s name to men and they kept God’s Word:

“Jesus therefore answered and was saying to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner” (John 5:19 NASB).

“And by this we know that we come to know Him, if we keep His commandments… whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the ONE who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:3,5-6 NASB).

Keeping God’s Word to the degree where you abide in Him and the love of God is truly perfected within you is to be where I AM is. We know that Christ’s Church has been, and is continuing to be, sanctified by Yeshua’s journey to the cross and His cleansing her by washing of water with the Word (Ephesians 5:26). I say “continuing to be sanctified” because like most works of the Spirit in an individual’s life, the Spirit’s work is a two-way street. Just because a truth, like the cross, exists doesn’t mean that it’s a reality in your life. Our part is to appropriate that spiritual truth — align our thoughts and deeds to the truth conveyed in God’s Word.

Our destiny as God’s people is to walk in the same glory that the Father gave to Yeshua. How did Yeshua glorify the Father on earth? John 17:4 says through accomplishing the work the Father gave Him to do. “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24 NKJV).

“I in them, and the Father in Me, that they may be perfected in unity [into a unit… into one] so the world may continually know that the Father sent Jesus, and loves everyone with the same love that the Father has for Jesus” (John 17:23).

~ Robin Main

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Copyright July 20, 2013 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main

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 MEL GEL Study Guide book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578188538/

• MEL GEL Study Guide: Volume 2 book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998598232/

• Set of Hebrew Living Letter Flash Cards => http://www.sapphirethroneministries.com/art.html

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• SANTA-TIZING: What’s wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up book => https://www.amazon.com/SANTA-TIZING-Whats-wrong-Christmas-clean/dp/1607911159/ w

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BRAZEN BELIEVERS – Heaven Meets Earth – Part 4 (Foundation, Service and Harvest)

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BRONZE BASES – FOUNDATIONAL TRUTHS

Not only are all the pegs made of copper (bronze), but all the strategic foundational elements are also bronze. Anywhere a person can enter or exit the court or God’s dwelling place (the tabernacle), have bronze bases supporting it.  A base is considered to be a separate architectural feature, which is the bottom of something. It is the structure’s support or foundation, like when you pour a concrete foundation for a new home. Some foundational truths for the body is that we “enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise…” (Psalms 100:4).  Worship of the Lord is essential to oneness and to entering into relationship with Him.  We become what we behold.  If we don’t worship God, we will end up worshiping something or someone else.  We were created to worship Him.

Another foundational truth is that Jesus is the foundation for the church, the chief cornerstone (2 Corinthians 3:11; Isaiah 28:16). This said.  Ephesians 2:20 also tells us that “God’s household is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets.” When the leaders of the church are operating according to the will of God, people can easily flow into the presence of the Lord.  A good friend shared this analogy with me: “Avenues are usually free of congestion and traffic accidents.  When leaders do their own thing, it’s like a major intersection in Los Angeles when the traffic light goes out.  Traffic moves, but very painfully.  A traffic cop must come in to temporarily fill in for the errant light just as God can temporarily fix things. But don’t become complacent with the traffic cop.  It is neither his duty nor his desire to fill in for that light permanently.  Lights are meant to shine.”

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BRONZE UTENSILS – SELF-SACRIFICIAL SERVICE

All the utensils of the tabernacle used in all its service were bronze (Exodus 27:19). I have to admit that I usually just tolerate useful tools.  I delegate all handyman projects to my husband. He loves doing them and I love them being done.  I know when he goes out of town on business I appreciate useful tools much more.  I still prefer a man attached to that tool.  I’m so un-mechanical it’s almost funny. I know I trivialize usefulness and I think most of Christ’s body does too.  Life is less difficult with useful tools.  They make necessary work easier.  And most important of all those useful tools (mechanical types in the body) bless all of us.  My husband’s main love language is service.  He washes the cars, mows the lawn, cooks for company, etc, etc, etc.  I do appreciate these things and feel very blessed. 

Remember Jesus didn’t think himself too good to do useful tasks.  Washing the disciple’s feet was not only an act of love, but menial labor.  Those dirty, stinky feet needed to be cleaned. Biblical love is self-sacrificial service, not just a feeling (Heb 12:28).

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BRONZE CLASPS – UNITY FOR HARVEST

Last but not least for copper in the tabernacle. There were fifty bronze clasps joining the goats’ hair tent together (Exodus 36:18).  Scripturally, fifty is the number for jubilee, freedom or deliverance. These bronze clasps in the tabernacle point to unity within the church enabling the church to reach the world. The goats’ hair tent was the covering for the tabernacle, which touched the tabernacle itself.  This is a picture of the harvesters and evangelists in the body who reach out to bring the people in. God gave me a word in relation to this:

The goats’ hair tent represents those individuals who touch the unsaved (the harvesters). Just as Sampson’s strength was in the keeping of his Nazarite vows in not cutting his hair so the strength of the harvester is in the joy of the Lord.   

“Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.  He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seeds, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing in the sheaves with him” (Psalms 126:5-6).

I’ve researched Samson in relation to harvesters and received a wealth of knowledge, which is for another time.  Suffice it to say that the saved are called sheep and the unsaved are referred to as goats.  One day the Lord will separate the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:31-46), but for now the Lord wills that not one shall perish (2 Peter 3:9).  Those believers who ask for the lost as their inheritance (Psalms 2:8) and actually all believers,  are called to go out into the harvest fields for they are white (John 4:35-42).

What are we harvesting?  Souls to live eternally with Christ.  Recently, I felt led to ask a friend of mine to join me in a Bible study.  The only problem was that I cared too much about what she thought and was afraid to ask.  I forgot that I had been praying for her for over two years!  I was finally obedient and invited her. To be only told “I’d love to, but I hate to go to those things alone. Would you pick me up?” Would I!  Wow.  The fruit is so ripe it’s falling from the tree into our hands.

We need to boldly pray that the Lord of the harvest will send laborers into the fields and orchards (Matthew 9:37-38).  And we still need to pray that our supervisors, the apostles, rise up and take their place.  If we aren’t about our Father’s business, this fruit can be wasted.  Either the birds of the air can eat the fruit or it can fall to the ground and rot.

I got so excited when I read Ed Silvoso’s book, That None Shall Perish. The prayer evangelism he describes is supported in the Exodus picture of the goats’ hair tent touching the Tabernacle, God’s house of prayer touching a lost world (the goats’ hair).  When we touch a person’s hair, it implies a caring relationship. How do I care for my fellow man?  By loving them by sacrificing my own agenda and comfort, and being connected to the Lord of Love.  Each believer is called to show that we really love God by loving our neighbor. Both God and the world around us are looking for the Church’s substance our natural and supernatural substance. We all need to move into a new level of sincerity so: “Let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]” (Ephesians 4:15a AMPL).

Remember that part of the word for “bronze” in the burnished bronze feet of Jesus (Rev 1:15, 2:18) means frankincense. (See PART 1 – HEAVEN’S WILL http://wp.me/p2k1dQ-55) We ARE to be frank-incense. To be frank is to be free, forthright and sincere; and thus, our lives will be unmistakably evident to a lost and dying world. Incense is the very material that produces a pleasing odor when burned. Living our lives as a daily sacrifice is a pleasing prayer. We are to be the fragrance of the Lord, the smell of the Holy Spirit, which — in Christ — will cause life and passion to come forth.

Won’t you be a vessel where heaven touches earth?

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10).

~ Robin Main

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BRAZEN BELIEVERS – Heaven Meets Earth – Part 2 (Selfless Love)

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First Corinthians 10:11 tells us: “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” What things? Passing through the Red Sea, eating manna, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. It’s what happened to the Israelites in the wilderness after they left Egypt, which is spoken of throughout the Old Testament, especially the first five books of the Bible. Yeshua (i.e., Jesus) and His disciples taught from the Old Testament and so did Paul. If it’s good enough for Yeshua, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Paul, it’s good enough for the followers of Yeshua too.

BRAZEN LAVER

The priests washed their hands and feet in the Temple Laver before they entered the tent where they met God. “You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base of bronze, for washing; and you shall put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it.” (Exodus 30:18 NASB). Many Christian Bibles call the Temple Laver the Bronze Laver. This is a misnomer, for it was actually made of copper.

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The copper laver was an open circular basin that was set upon a copper base. The Hebrew Sage Rashi[1] said it had two spouts at the bottom through which the water would flow[2] keeping it from becoming stagnant. In the Hebrew language the term “for washing” carries the idea that the laver was “for sanctification;”[3] therefore the actual purpose for the priests washing their hands and feet was for holiness and sanctity rather than cleanliness (Exod. 30:17-21).

The hands and feet represent the upper and lower extremities of the human body. By sanctifying their appendages, it was symbolic of the servants of the Lord’s total devotion to the service they were engaged in. It set apart their acts as righteous.

A most literal picture of this is presented to us in Exodus 30:19. The Hebrew Sage Or HaChaim said that the conjunction in the phrase “their hands together with their feet” (Exod. 30:19) indicated that the hands and feet must be washed at the same time.[4] Consequently, the right hand was placed on the priest’s right foot and washed together at the same time, followed by his left hand together with his left foot. Concentration and balance were key to accomplishing this hand-foot sanctification feat. Try it some time in your bathtub.  I had the kids in my Children’s Church class try to do this by simply standing next to their chairs. It was a lot more difficult than they thought and funny too. It’s quite the image of proper service to God requires all of a body’s faculties, and those faculties must be directed toward the same goal.[5]

The laver was not made of copper from the regular contributions. The laver was made exclusively from the brightly polished sheets of copper that women used as mirrors in Egypt (Exod. 38:8).[6] When the call went out for freewill contributions, devout women, who used to come to Moses’ tent to sit at his feet like Mary did with Jesus,[7] came with their copper mirrors and piled them up at Moses’ dwelling, which was the God’s dwelling place prior to the tent of meeting being built (Exod. 33:7). Moses was said to be reluctant to accept such gifts for the tabernacle due to his initial thinking that the mirrors had been used to incite lust.

Copper Mirror

The story goes that God told Moses that he was wrong, because these very mirrors had been instrumental in saving the nation. In Egypt, when the men came home exhausted every night from heavy labors, their wives used these mirrors to get all dolled up to entice their husbands to continue normal martial relations. Thanks to these brightly, polished copper mirrors, legions of Jewish children were born. God not only told Moses to accept these precious mirrors, but they were to be used exclusively to fabricate the laver. The Bible doesn’t give the specific size of the laver due to that fact that every single mirror had to go into fashioning it, no matter how big it would become – so sacred were those mirrors. [8], [9] Of note, these devout women could no longer gaze upon themselves with any vanity, because they had to fix their eyes upon the laver to see themselves. The laver represents bridal lovers fixing their eyes upon the Author and Perfecter of their faith (Heb. 12:2).

The extreme reach of the body of Christ should be set apart for a sacred purpose. The farthest boundary of the One New Man in Christ should be free from sin due to our special tie (i.e. connected relationship) with Yeshua. The word “tie” is from a Greek verb, which means “to bind.” It has many nuances. We can think of the concept of being restrained by authority, influence, agreement, or obligation. We can also think of a special tie that binds people together romantically. A marital tie binds two people together physically, mentally, and spiritually.

If our lives yield to the Lord of Love and His sacred purposes, then we will not be tied hand and foot to be thrown out of the wedding feast (Matt. 22:1-13). I sought My Love about what it means that one of his friends would be cast outside for not having the proper clothing, and I believe that He told me: Once the friend saw the glory of the wedding feast, “outside” the feast would appear as darkness for he or she would weep at glimpsing, yet not being able to partake of the marriage feast. It is noteworthy that this place outside the wedding feast is also assigned to hypocrites – where people’s actions don’t line up with their words (Matt. 24:51).

SELFLESS LOVE

The priests of old washing their hands and feet in the laver before entering the tent of meeting represents purity of what they did and where they went — obedience. Obedience in our actions is a symptom of the condition of our hearts. God cleans our hearts through confession of sin. “If we confess our sins, then He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). It is interesting to note that the Brazen Laver in Exodus was put between the tent of meeting and the bronze altar. We must first accept that Yeshua died for our sins before we can request to be cleaned up (Acts 22:16; 1 Cor 6:11).

In fact, our cleanliness, our right standing before God, is that Father God sees Yeshua not us. Yeshua basically runs interference for us. He is our covering before Father to the dismay of the Accuser. Believers have their own part to play.  Remember there needs to be relationship, or some say agreement, between heaven and earth, God and man.  Looking at 2 Chronicles 7:14 we see that God’s people have requirements for cleansing (i.e. healing). “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

First, believers are to admit the truth, which immediately leads to humble position. “I fall short. I’ve sinned. I can’t do it on my own.” C. S. Lewis is quoted to have said: Pride is the national religion of hell. Spirit inspired prayer will follow as a natural reaction to godly humility. Second, our spirit-led prayer results in greater intimacy with God. God says in Matthew 7:7 that if you continually seek Me, you will find Me. Third, believers are not just supposed to confess their sin; they are called to turn from their sin in repentance. This is not just an outward turning from sin, but a conscious shift from self to God.  Once these three conditions are met, God then hears the people’s prayer request(s) and cleanses the land from sin. Land can either be the physical ground or people.

Please stick with me as I re-iterate probably the most significant concept connected to the Brazen Laver. In the Old Testament, God gives us a picture in how the Mosaic purification vessel (i.e., laver) was made. “Moreover, he made the laver of bronze with its base of bronze, from the mirrors of the serving women who served at the doorway of the tent of meeting” (Exodus 38:8).  These women served at the point of entry into the tabernacle where there was a screen separating those who could come into the tabernacle from those who could not. The screen’s material was hung upon five pillars.  Five has the spiritual meaning of grace. We can only come into God’s tabernacle by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).

I believe the mirrors of the serving women represent earthly vanity. They could no longer look at themselves in their own mirrors. These women could no longer look at the temporal, material things when their copper mirrors were melted. They had to look at the laver to see themselves. These women had to look into the mirror of truth, Yeshua, which is a picture of Him purifying them through His shed blood. Their ability to look at self was taken away. They died to self, which is true humility.

All believers are called to die daily to self through the work of the Holy Spirit to be instruments of God. “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20).

One other thing I’d like to zero in on is that these were serving women. These women serving at the doorway of the tent of meeting helped people to enter in and meet God.  We enter in and meet God through Yeshua — the Way, the Truth and the Life. We are all called to serve God by loving our fellow man and by pointing them to the cross. Christian service is always initiated by divine love, which overflows from our hearts when we commune with the Lord.  In fact, the only distinguishing characteristic Yeshua gave His disciples which set them apart is “all men shall know that you are My disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).

I believe the first New Testament saints to personify servanthood through love were the women who followed and ministered to Yeshua. Service based on divine love was the hallmark of these godly women. They waited on Yeshua, and I believe, his disciples at every turn during His three years of ministry.  These women had seen and experienced Yeshua’s deliverance from evil spirits and sicknesses. Yeshua knew/knows love is an action as well as a wonderful feeling.  In fact, the Hebrew Word picture for love ahav tells us that love is what the Father’s heart revealed.[10]

We, as Christians, are bondservants of Christ called to serve God and His people. I have yet to find in Scripture where Jesus asked these women for anything.  Do you think they intuitively knew Jesus’ needs and desires?  I do.  Do you think they studied his likes and dislikes?  I do.  I stumbled upon Gene Edward’s book The Divine Romance after I got this picture of service based upon divine love.  Listen to the heart of our Father through Edward’s eloquent words:

“About twenty men and four women accompanied wherever he traveled. From the day of her deliverance, she did not ask, she simply became part of that little band of followers.  Wherever he went, she went, and poured out her whole love and her whole life on him. In the earliest hours of the morning she could be found preparing his breakfast.  When he sat down to teach, she was there, at his feet.  When he departed, she departed with him. When those twenty men asked too much of him, she quietly, firmly, protested. She washed his feet, served his meals, cared for his clothes, placed fruit beside his bed in the evening.  He who said of himself, “I am the living water,” always had cool water to drink – brought by her hands. When nights were cold, she made sure the house where he was guested would be warm.  In the hot, blistering sun of summer, she walked with the little band of followers, village to village, city to city – always following him.

Why such devotion?

Because she adored him.  Fervently, single-mindedly, she loved him. She was totally enamored, completely enraptured, and utterly in love with her Lord and Master. She was embarrassingly, unembarrassed about the matter.

The others eventually grew used to the sight of her single-minded adoration and her uninhibited out-pouring of affection, which continued unceasingly from dawn to the last  light of night.

They even learned from her. Oh, they all professed a love for him that was equal to hers.  But they spoke of overthrowing Rome, of abolishing the present Hebrew state, of setting up a spectacular throne, of avenging the vicious rumors that seemed always to be spread about concerning the Lord.  They dreamed of wielding both political and spiritual power, of casting out demons, of throwing Caesar into a dungeon and Satan into a burning pit.  They professed love, but talked power and fame.  Little by little they changed. As months turned to years, they spoke less of conquest and got down to the business of loving their God.

The most amazing thing of all was this: He responded. He poured out love in return.  It seemed a little odd, the Son of God, caring, affectionate, loving, and returning love … so profoundly, so totally.  That God might love, with such ardor, was simply something that had never occurred to them.  Nor could they quite understand why they found it so difficult to express love toward him.  Her mother before her had failed at this same simple matter for centuries, but now, before all eyes, this simple girl was unfolding the highest order of the universe.  To love her God.

Watching her, they learned. For though she expressed her love in service and care, she expressed her love more in eyes, in heart, in soul, and in the fervor and passion of her whole being.  No abstraction, this love.  An unnerving thing this.  Unwavering, day after day, with total abandon loving him.  You saw it in her eyes, in her kneeling, in moments of praise and rejoicing, and when she looked into his face – which was almost always.[11]

This incredible woman deeply moved Yeshua to weep right before He rose her brother Lazarus from the dead (John 11: 32-35). Her name was Mary Magdalene. Her place was at Jesus’ feet. It is written that she chose the better part by sitting at Yeshua’s feet and listening attentively to every word that proceeded from His mouth (Luke 10:38-42).  There is some controversy over who Mary Magdalene actually was. I believe that she was the woman with a past where Scripture testifies that Jesus cast out seven demons from her (Luke 8:2; Mark 16:9), but I am open to correction, if proven otherwise. The Pharisees recognized her as an immoral woman (a brazen hussy), but Jesus saw her as a Brazen Believer after he had saved, healed and delivered her out of darkness into God’s glorious light.

Remember that I discussed the redemptive qualities of “brazen,” which includes contemptuous boldness — a state of being despised but being bold anyway. Can you imagine being publicly known as a harlot and being so bold as to enter a man’s house that had the authority to stone you to death? Why would she risk it? Only one thing could make her throw caution to the wind. Her beloved Savior and Deliverer, Yeshua, was in that Pharisee’s house. But, so were a houseful of legalistic men, who were probably among those who used and abused her. Now kick it up a notch due to the self-righteous, disapproving accusations over her “wasting” a year’s wages that could have gone to the poor when she poured out the expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet. She was definitely despised by this company of Pharisees, after all, they were the ones “worthy” of Jesus’ time and attention. If wetting Jesus’ feet with tears, wiping them with her hair, kissing them and anointing them with expensive perfume isn’t bold in the face of a bunch of the eyes full of daggers, I don’t know what is!

The quintessential example of a Brazen Believer is Mary Magdalene. Our Lord Jesus Christ said that she would be known forever as the one who anointed Him for His burial (John 12:7) as well as being the one who loved much because she had been forgiven much (Luke 7:40-43).

Mary Magdalene’s unwavering devotion led her to closely follow Jesus through His life, death, burial and resurrection. Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ mother and the Apostle John were the first to typify “the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes” (Rev 14:4). For example: [1] Mary Magdalene was among the small group to personally experience the agony, and thus, share in Jesus’ crucifixion (Matt 27:56). [2] Having moved Jesus to tears, it was Mary Magdalene turn to be deeply moved to weep as she watch Jesus’ dead body be placed in Joseph of Arimathen’s tomb (Matt 27:57-61). [3] Her and “the other Mary” were the first to return after Yeshua’s burial with the purpose of taking care of His body (Matt 28:1-10) to only witness the glorious appearance of an angel who rolled away the stone. While the guards shook with fear and became like dead men, the two Marys received an angelic message: “Do not be afraid; for I know you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said” (Matthew 28:56). All of this is amazing, but take another gigantic leap because this devoted heart — Brazen Believer — was the first person to see Jesus alive after His resurrection (Mark 16:9). Scripture tells us that she clung to Jesus when she saw Him (John 20:17). Can you imagine?!

The women following Jesus were so in love with their Lord and Savior that their acts of service were second nature.  Yeshua walked with the anointing of the Spirit on earth.  I feel that these women through their love and devotion to Christ tapped into that same Spirit to meet every need and desire prompted of God.  It seemed that the only other group besides the disciples, which were consistently closest to Jesus on earth, was the women who followed Him. These women were consistently meeting the needs and desires for all who Yeshua put on their hearts.  Their hearts overflowed with so much love for Jesus that they wanted and yearned to do anything and everything He asked or simply desired.

Before we move on, let’s re-emphasize that the Brazen Altar and Laver speaks of those made in God’s image keeping the priority of divine intimacy over and above anything else. Yes. We are called to do good works. In fact, if we do what Jesus did, we glorify the Father on earth by accomplishing the work that He gives us to do (John 17:4). This being said, please remember that Jesus did nothing unless He was given orders from His heavenly headquarters first (John 5:19). Even Jesus sequestered Himself away from the crowds and His friends to spend one-on-one time with His heavenly Father to see what He was doing.

We must take up our cross daily (Luke 9:23-25) to die to our own self-will in order that we can operate in heaven’s flawless will. There is a place where we will perfectly align with the flow of His extravagant Spirit as well as His faithful Word to such a degree that we will completely abide in Christ where the love of God is truly perfected within God’s Kingdom that’s within you and I. This is how Yeshua made His Father’s name known to men (John 17:6), and it’s something we need to emulate.

The Brazen Altar and the Brazen Laver were Old Testament pictures of the New Testament fulfillment of Jesus.  While here on earth, Yeshua was 100% God and 100% man. Yeshua walking the earth in bodily form is the perfect picture of heaven and earth agreeing to accomplish all that the Father had sent him to do. The earthly body needs to line up with its head — the Messiah. The Greek word for head is kephale meaning that from which everything proceeds.

~ Robin Main

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[1] Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaki, c. 1040-1105).

[2] Scherman, The Chumash, 486.

[3] Harris, Harris, Archer, and Waltke; Theological Word book of the Old Testament: “2150 רָחַץ (rāḥaṣwash. With Times New Roman the transliteration might be more like: rachats. Derivatives 2150a רַחַץ (raḥaṣwashing (Ps 60:10; 108:10). 2150b רַחצָה (raḥṣâwashing (Song 4:2; 6:6). The initial occurrence is Gen 18:4, with over forty-eight occurrences in the Pentateuch, twenty-six in Lev. Among the parts of the body ritually rinsed were: the face (Gen 43:31); the hands (Ex 30:19, 21); the body (Lev 17:16); the feet (Gen 18:4ff). In the Levitical rituals the flesh of sacrificial animals was washed (Lev 1:9 et al.). This washing would normally take a great deal of water and perhaps suggests that Solomon’s great brazen sea was used as a reservoir for such water as well as for other rituals. Several interesting uses of the term appear in Song of Solomon giving details on Israelite cosmetology. The root rāḥaṣ describes the ritual foot washing (5:3) and an eye washing with milk (5:12). A similar usage of washing for romantic appeal appears in Ruth 3:3. But the much more serious use of the root is reserved for the notion of its representing the cleansing from sin (Isa 1:16; 4:4). It is this meaning which is carried throughout Ezek. (16:4, 9; 23:40) and on into the nt in the baptism of John and of Jesus. The nt has a number of references to the ot practices (Jon 2:6; Mt 15:2; Heb 9:10 etc.)”

[4] Scherman, The Chumash, 487: “Together with their feet. The conjunction ta, indicates that the hands and feet must be washed at the same time (Or HaChaim). Consequently, the Kohen places his right hand on his right foot and washes them, and then follows the same procedure with his left hand and foot (Rashi from Zevachim 19b). ”

[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid., 527

[7] They prayed there and listened to the teachings of God.

[8] Scherman, The Chumash, From the mirrors of legions. 527.

[9] Exodus 38:30-31 lists the items made from copper from the regular freewill contribution: sockets of the entrance to the tent of meeting, the altar, the sockets of the courtyard all around, the sockets of the gate of the courtyard, all the pegs of the tabernacle, and all the pegs of the courtyard, all around. The laver is NOT included in this list; therefore it was not made with copper from the regular contributions but “from the mirrors of the women who served at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting” (Exod. 38:8).

[10] Hebrew Word Pictures How does the Hebrew Alphabet Reveal Prophetic Truths  by Frank T. Seekins, p. 14

[11] Excerpt from The Divine Romance  by Gene Edwards