Crystallization-study of 1 & 2 Kings – Week 8 & 9
Growing into a Holy Temple in the Lord
The Temple of God Filled with the Glory of God
34 Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of Jehovah filled the tabernacle.
35 And Moses was not able to enter the Tent of Meeting, because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of Jehovah filled the tabernacle.
14 And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and reality.
1 Kings 8:10-11
10 And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, the cloud filled the house of Jehovah;
11 And the priests were not able to stand and minister because of the cloud, for the glory of Jehovah filled the house of Jehovah.
19 And he called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz previously.
51 And He said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, You shall see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.
In Exodus 40:34-38 we have a record of the glory of the Lord filling the tabernacle. Verse 34…speaks of two aspects; it speaks of something that happened outside the Tent of Meeting and something that happened inside the tabernacle. The cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory filled the tabernacle. The same structure was both the Tent of Meeting and the tabernacle. With respect to man, it was the Tent of Meeting. But with respect to God, it was the tabernacle. We may also say that outwardly it was the Tent of Meeting and that inwardly it was the tabernacle.
In the church life we may simply be gathered around the Tent of Meeting. We may not be in the tabernacle. In Exodus 40 the Tent of Meeting was covered by the cloud, but the tabernacle was filled with glory. Those who only gather around the Tent of Meeting may have the cloud. However, we need to enjoy not only the cloud upon the Tent of Meeting, but also the glory within the tabernacle. (Life-study of Exodus, p. 1950) [Week 9, Day 1, Morning Nourishment]
It is important for us to understand the relationship between the cloud and the glory. We may say that the cloud is the outer part, the “shell,” of God’s glory. By shell we mean an outer covering…The human body has the skin as its shell. The skin covers the body, and the body contains our being…Our being is the spirit. Those who were outside the tabernacle could see the shell. Anyone who entered into the tabernacle would see not the shell, but would see the inward glory of the tabernacle.
Those in the outer court may gather around the altar of burnt offering and see the cloud covering the Tent of Meeting. But if they want to see the glory, they need to come inside the tabernacle. The glory is not on the roof; it is within the tabernacle. When we come into the tabernacle, we shall see that the glory is there. (Life-study of Exodus, pp. 1951-1952) [Week 9, Day 1, Today’s Reading]
First Kings 8:1-11 shows us that the tabernacle was merged with the temple…The tabernacle was a portable precursor moving through the wilderness…The temple was a consummation of God’s building in typology built upon Mount Zion, a peak of Mount Moriah…The glory of Jehovah filled the temple (cf. Exo. 40:34), bringing the God who is in the heavens to the earth and joining the earth to the heavens. This should be our situation today.
In Genesis 28 Jacob had a dream and he called that place Bethel, meaning “the house of God.” There heaven came down to the earth, and the earth was joined to heaven by the ladder which Jacob saw in his dream. This ladder was a type of Christ who, as the Son of Man, keeps heaven open to earth and joins earth to heaven (John 1:51). Today the heavenly God comes down to the earth, and the earth is joined to God by the very Christ who dwells in us. (Life-study of 1 & 2 Kings, p. 36) [Week 9, Day 2, Morning Nourishment]
Corporate Reading: The Meaning of Human Life and a Proper Consecration, chapter 10, section(s): The Effect of the Gospel Being Continual
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