The First Temple

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
2 Chronicles 7: 14-16 (KJV)

We are set apart in God’s light to return to Him. We are in an exodus from bondage to an eternal temple of light. Our bodies are consecrated temples filled with the Spirit of God. God’s image emanates from our hearts and through our eyes,  the ancient souls of all who have walked before us are seen. We carry on in a pilgrimage outlined from Abraham to Calvary. The depth and the breadth of our life in Christ is not a trivial place. It is a grand temple of sacrifice! It is where thousands of sheep and others are sacrificed to please God. He accepts and consecrates with condition.

His condition is not hard and it is not isolated to only a few. He seeks the hearts of we who walk the path kings and prophets walk before us. All have looked to the horizon where the Sun never sets. It is God’s temple in heaven. The last temple. All from the past is therefore for the future and the present. The rules of ages ring true in our ears and in our determination to be good under God’s watchful eye. He tells us and leads us in His word. And through  the Word we walk. For the Word is God, Who is flesh, and Who is Jesus.

There is nothing trivial about our plight. We are not seeking happiness or success, at least not worldly success. O how small are the worries of our daily lives compared to the temple of God’s making and the path leading there. Yes it is built and we are sent home to our places to rest. Solomon ordered his people to go home and rest for the  temple was built. The first of three. It was consecrated by God. But God said these things to we who sojourn to His bosom:

We shall humble ourselves.
We shall pray
We shall seek the face of God
We shall repent

Then God will hear each of our voices from our own wilderness where we trudge daily. We walk dry and dusty hoping for the manna of life. “Feed me!”, we cry. Not with food, but with a caring hand, a piece of wisdom, heartfelt love. God complies to we who cry out. It is no small affair.

This is our response to the fist step Abraham took toward the thousands of grains of sand and the multitude of stars in the sky. This is our response to the staff planted in the desert sand by Moses leading the captive to freedom.  We were captive and we sojourn in freedom to eternal bliss. God is sincere. Shall we not also be sincere?

We are the temples, our bodies hold the Spirit. Even the priests could not walk into the sanctified place Solomon built. The first temple and now we are part of the continuing temples. The train of His robe fills us with His glory. The pilgrims to last temple, heaven.

Response is obedience. We must seek Him in earnest. O the journey of love and wisdom from the first temple. God loves us so much He tells us how to respond. Our excuses are paltry. Lend an ear to His voice. Are you following the footsteps of history? Do you see the vacant eyes and the shadowed souls of the ones who will not grab your outstretched hand? Come along people so deeply deceived. Do they really believe all life, large and small, is conceived in the ways that exude forth from the mind of Man? Deceived. I weep for those whom I love now. Yes the shadowed souls to whom I even will turn back and ask again only to be spat at in disdain. “Do not disrupt the balance of the temporal”, they cry. They don’t really say it that way, but I know they mean it because I have seen the face of God and heard His voice.

We are sanctified. We are set apart. We are separated from the shadowed souls. Our soul is on fire with a burning light and with sacred incense still burning from the first son of Levi. We carry history in our hearts. We walk a golden path of return. Return to a glorious God who showed Israel that even though they turned their hearts away, they still could make things right with Him.

The first temple was built and God was pleased with the condition of response. We shall respond now and walk from the shadowed land  to the temple of Light. Amen

For Sara, sister in Christ

Rick Stassi

November 30, 2012

breathe in His beauty

Matthew 1
1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2100 BC
Abraham receives of the eternal promise from God
“…and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed”
(GEN 12)
David anointed King – establishing the earthy throne
“…For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
(1SAM 16)
795 BC
Isaiah prophesies the everlasting King of Israel, Jesus Christ – the spiritual throne through David
“There will be no end, and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice,
From that time forward, even forever.”
(IS 9)
Jesus Christ
Born in Bethlehem (MIC 5:2)
“…Yet out of you [Bethlehem] shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel…”

Born in the lineage of the throne of David (Matt 1)
“…And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins…”
Celebrate our Lord as He does not come and die in vain, but to save His people from our sin – forever and ever. We are blessed to be children of God and to have the gift of His Son and the Holy Spirit upon us.

Know that Jesus is King is conceived from God’s perfect plan for man who first let down the Lord and fell from grace into sin by our own earthly choice. He loves you so much that He beckons us back to His grace – a place we do not deserve on our own merit – but only through the blood of the Savior.

We are blessed in richness beyond what we can conceive. All we have on earth is what we see from our earthly, outward view. God sees our inward self and knows our heart. Deny yourself and trust the Lord for He is our hope. Have faith for in faith is our surety of His promise that we strive no more under our own strength but rely on God.

We inherit the riches beyond all comprehension. Breathe in this beauty and the sweet fragrance of God. See His face as you seek an image in the mirror. As we become more and more molded by Him, our inward self becomes more and more apparent. See the Light that shines from within the saved. God is with us.

See how all is in God’s perfect plan. Know that all that is negative is only the world and all is positive in the Lord. We seek this positive nature and are assured we will find it. We are pilgrims on a journey to heaven traveling through life to cast a light of our internal spirit planted by our God and perpetuated by the Holy Spirit.

Bask in joy for God is with us. Trouble not for we bear burden no more. Jesus frees us and his burden is light. Seek first the eternal kingdom and all else will be in abundance of joy and love afforded to us by Jesus Christ through God’s perfect plan for the fallen. We are loved and we love.

Peace to all in the name of Jesus Christ,