Re: Law and Covenants
The revelation of the Law of God and the house of God are progressive and gradually unfolding in the whole Bible. Therefore, the truth of God's building a habitation for God and man is more symbolic in the Old Testament. It in type in the Old Testament. It is in reality in the New Testament.
The typology of God giving the Law in order to secure a dwelling place on the earth is undeniable in the Hebrew Bible. Yet it is seen my in type and in symbolism. The truth of it is there in spite of Purpledawn's failure to notice it.
The Law of Moses was related to God having a people, a city, and a house on the earth. The Law of God was given which God said in keeping it a man may live.
God gave the Law at Mt. Sinai. At that time He also gave the revelation of the TABERNACLE which was a portable dwelling place where God would be on the earth, in the Holy of Holies, amidst His law keeping people. This was the strong relationship between the Law and the dwelling place of God.
The details of the tabernacle were given with exquisite percision. This shows that God is the Designer of this dwelling place. And it shows that it mattered to God most vitally. The tent or tabernacle where God dwelt was the total center of the theocratic covenant people. And in Deutoronomy God prophesies much about the place on earth where His name would be. The idea is that God Himself would have a spot on His earth where He and His people would dwell together.
The tabernacle was the movable dwelling place. A further development was the building of the house or temple of God. This was a more permenant dwelling place of God. The relationship between the Law of God and the House of God is very strong. In Ezekiel there is even a reference to "the law of the house".
What we have to grasp here is the symbolism. God gains a people through the Law. God gains a Good Land, through the Law of God. God gains a city in that Good Land through the Law. And in that city God BUILDS a house as His dwelling place where God and His people meet together.
The People are gained by the Law.
The Good Land is gained by the Law.
The City is gained by the Law.
The Tabernacle is gained by the Law.
Eventually the Temple, the house is gained by the Law.
Therefore, emphatically, the Goal of the Law of Moses was for God to gain a dwelling place. And that is a BUILDED dwelling place. That is a habitation for God on the earth.
Now much of this is more im symbolism in the OT. But the symbolism is entirely powerful and not trivial. To God it was vital. And He spoke of dwelling with His people and in His house. Actually God is aiming at dwelling with man and man dwelling with God.
Actually God is aiming at dwelling IN man. In otherwords God is both building Himself into man and building man into Himself.
The complete reality of this eternal purpose of God is with the New Jerusalem. Hawkins identified the New Jerusalem as Heaven. Actually it is seen in the New Testament coming down OUT of Heaven from God. If it comes down out of heaven then we should not say that it IS Heaven.
"He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out anymore, and I will write upon him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name." (Rev. 3:12,13)
"And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. " (Rev. 21:2)
We can see here that the ultimate "city" in which God and man dwell together in a life union and mingling, is seen in the sign coming down out of heaven. So it is better not to think of the building of the New Jerusalem as the building of Heaven. But it is definitely the building of both the bride and wife of God, of Christ, and the building of the tabernacle of God, the temple of God.
"And I heard a loud voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples and God Himself will be with them and be their God." (v.3)
That is all I will write in this post. Much needs to be added. But you should see that in BOTH the Old Testament and the New Testament the goal is the dwelling place of God.
Edited by jaywill, : No reason given.
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