My blogging journey from the beginning for those who are interested. Each week I will include one of those original blogs from Martin Scott’s Perspective site. February 4th 2010 and the blogging began. Never did this before, but what therapy, what a joy, what a chronicling of a journey that never ends. In many ways things have developed, but it is good to see where we come from to appreciate where we are. All in the healing. Enjoy or endure…
God hates buildings…
I will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen down.
This is one of those great restoration/revival/renewal passages that we love to quote. The rebuilding of the tabernacle of David. The restoration of 24/7 worship. Musicians, singers, ministering before the Lord, Obed-Edom (I love his story), the heart of David. But when I read that passage a few years ago a question came to me, why the restoration of the tabernacle of David and not the Temple of Solomon? Why a humble, portable hut and not the rich ornate golden show-piece? Why a portable, throw it together, make shift tent and not the awe of the building that took seven years of hard graft to put together with many skilled craftsmen? The best reason I can find is that God hates buildings, especially static, rigid, unmovable buildings. God never wanted the temple in the first place. He never asked for it, He gave no instructions for it, He never sent the prophets to prophesy it or the seers to see it. But you say, God sent his glory to it when it was all finished so that the priests could not minister. Surely His seal of approval? Two reasons for the glory in my opinion (and it is opinion), firstly God cannot help but bless stuff, it is so in His character. This was all tied into the covenant He had made with David about his descendants. Secondly maybe God just wanted to stop any ministry going on there. He knew what it would be like. Stop anyone getting into the pulpit because as soon as that happens man can so easily take over. The proof was in the pudding over time because the Temple could function quite religiously without God’s involvement. That is why God hates buildings.
Quick tabernacling history
The Garden. Adam and Eve. God walks in the cool of the garden with His creation. Nothing to hide, complete nakedness and transparency. Man living in paradise. The presence amongst men. Multiplication, dominion in the earth, freedom to eat, the tree of life. Man knows best. Knowledge of good and evil. Mistake to me was not in the partaking it was in the hiding and blame shifting that took place later. No one takes responsibility and becomes naked before God in all honesty. Man loses the privileges of the garden.
Moses. People in bondage. God wants to set His people free and live amongst them again. He tells Moses that He wants to have a kingdom of priests. He wants to tabernacle and dwell amongst His people again on the earth. Moses goes as a forerunner. The people see the glory and make a decision. We’ll stand at the foot of the mountain and you become our representative. You talk to God for us. Not what God desired for the people. People made the choice. Aaronic priesthood chosen. Tabernacle of Moses erected. Only the few entered. When Moses went into the tabernacle the people watched from the doors of their own houses. Safe distance away.
Tabernacle of David. Heart desire to see God restored into the heart of community. God Tabernacles amongst His people. A makeshift shelter made that apparently had no sides so the whole community could see the glory. The Light permeated everything. Singers, musicians, servants, lovers of God worshipping God 24/7. Psalms filled the air. A tabernacle for everyone.
Jesus. The Word became flesh and tabernacled amongst us.
The Holy Spirit. I will pour out my spirit on all flesh.
The New Jerusalem. The Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are it’s tabernacle.
A time of peace gave David time to rest. The time for rest gave him too much time to think. Times of peace can often be more dangerous than times of war!!! David thought about the humble tabernacle. The make-shift tent where the Ark was living. That is not good enough for God. I need to build Him something of awe. Something that will impress the world. The plans were drawn, they were shared with Nathan and Nathan at first gives his approval. Then the prophet hears from God. Don’t you just hate it when prophets start contradicting themselves? He takes the message back to David.
Would you build me a house? I have moved about in a tent and a tabernacle. I am an ever moving, ever shifting, nomadic, safari God. Why do you want to contain me to a house? Why do you want to confine me and tie me down?
Have I ever asked for this? Has a prophet ever released a Word of the Lord about this building? Where are my instructions?
The Lord tells you that He will make you a house (a family, a dwelling place). People not places. Beings not bricks.
Your seed (Jesus) will build a house for my name and I will establish the throne of His kingdom forever. A Spiritual house not a physical house.
The word build here literally means to have children!!!!
Nowhere does God ask for the Temple. He tells David He didn’t ask for it, and doesn’t want it, but David hands on the plans to Solomon anyway. So much of church history becomes a repeat of these events. God breaks out. Tabernacle on the earth. We end up building stone around it. We cannot wait to stick Him back in a building. call it the house of the Lord. Label it and continue as if His seal of approval is there all the time. It is so easy to give God’s name to what has been our own ideas. To throw out the old, ‘God told me to do it this way, the Word of the Lord, my house is better tha your house.’ When all we really end up doing is building a house that is better than the Jones’ next door. In our opinion that is. (Add Smith there if you live in England, etc). When all along God hates being confined to buildings. A house is not his home.
The Priesthood of all believers
People who minister/serve before the Lord 24/7. In life, love, action, work, society etc.
Carriers of the presence. The same spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in me. And you, and you and you!!!
Living lives of living worship, laid out on the altar. People of spirit and truth. Always apostolic (sent ones), always prophetic (proclaiming, speaking life).
Being doorkeepers and gatekeepers. For communities, families, friends, towns, cities, valleys.
The glory of the latter house will be greater than the glory of the former.
God shining through living, loving people.
we are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household…Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building being fitted together grows into a holy tabernacle in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the spirit.