OYB July 21
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- 2009 Jul 20
5:14 The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple of God. Why could they not continue their work? The Temple was so full of glory, they were incapacitated! They were so full of joy, peace, rest, and wonder...who could work under those circumstances? I cannot wait to experience this feeling someday-I have small glimpses of it now. I suppose that Mary tapped into this a bit when Martha criticized her for sitting at the feet of Jesus. Since Jesus was one form of the Temple, Mary was merely incapacitated as she pondered the glorious presence before her, filling her living room.
6:2 "And I -- I have built a house of habitation for Thee, and a fixed place for Thy dwelling to the ages (Young's Literal)." This verse doesn't make any sense in modern translations (forever). Sure, the Israelites didn't know when God was going to fulfill His promises to Abraham and establish His Kingdom on earth (which would be understood to be everlasting), but at the same time, the Israelites did not think about "forever," but they thought, wrote, and spoke about God's unfolding plan of ages, particularly the present age. I do believe that Solomon probably believed that his temple would be the one from which Christ ruled for the Kingdom. I'm sure he did not understand he was only a picture of that future Temple and Temple-builder.
7:6 But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter. In my understanding, the law ["Torah"] has merely changed forms for us. We are dead to the letter of the law (written Torah) but we are still observant of the Spirit of the law (Living Torah, which is Jesus). Again (I know I sound like a broken record), the Living Torah is the Law of Love. There is true freedom in love! It is the difference between duty and desire. We no longer obey out of duty, we obey out of the desire we have of being loved by God and the growing love we have for Him generated by the revelation that He first loved us.
17:15 Because I am righteous, I will see you. When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied. Can you imagine the joy of all those people who are resurrected from the dead to see Jesus face to face? Pure satisfaction! It will be great for those awake too, but surely magical for those who are "sleeping."