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

…as Spring lambs, as wise Christians

Lane

1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.
2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able;
3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?
4 For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal? 1Corinthians 3:1-4

I was a babe in Christ, I felt a passion, I wanted to move mountains…I wanted to reflect wisdom but would only reflect passion and enthusiasm. This was good.  This is a season where we are fresh blooms in Christ. We are the spring lambs…

Our seasons change as God’s promise and desire for us to grow in His wisdom will be fulfilled. We will wipe the milk of our childhood off our face and grow into a nourishment of solid food. For what baby eats solid food? Carnal is not worldly, but new and hungry in Christ in this sense. Paul conveys this to the church.

…and in our season as a spring lamb, can we hear the wisdom of an old man? We have enthusiasm and passion as we await season after season of growth. All in God’s time, however. We cannot receive the deeper meaning as we are still in a stage of transforming from the world to the spirit. We are new, we have the gaze of wonderment toward a God who is now appearing to us with more clarity. There is lifetime of following in our pilgrimage in God’s way where we learn to walk, speak, eat, and then teach. It is a cycle and it is in order. Bear with metaphor. All is a definition of our life in Christ from beginning to now. Some of us crawl and those of us who are partaking of His word in deeper meaning, are feeding the crawling. They will soon stand. In His time.

Our tendency in our carnal nature is to still feel a calling from our old nature. It is confusing and will never leave us. It is our resistance and growth, adorned with the armor of Christ, that helps us depart from those old ways. We divide and we have strife and envy because we have not yet begun to walk. It is in faith where we must listen. Paul conveys this. Seek a new believer and lead them in the direction of the path to God. They are ready to be shaped. We will follow and latch onto our pastors, our parents – for good reason, but the season of latching on to man shall pass. We must learn to separate and become one with Jesus. Latch on to Him through the Spirit and really hear. For Paul was not there to be worshipped, nor Apollos, but to convey a divine message.

God has ways of separating you from those whom you’ve latched onto passed your season. His will is done. Realize we are growing:

1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1:1-2

We are separated from those whom we place on a pedestal. We become surrounded by a great cloud of saints and we are prepared to leave our days of milk and carnal nature for days of growth with endurance.

We do not proceed on our pilgrimage alone. We are with others who walk His path, speak His wisdom, and seek His wisdom. Grow into Christ and seek the deeper meaning of God’s plan. He will lay it before you. Step forth.

Rick Stassi

December 7, 2011