The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the temple. (Ezekiel 43:5 ESV)
The glory of God filled the temple. Wow, what a picture. As I thought about what to share, my mind went back to the lessons I learned in Nancy Missler’s The Way of Agape class. In it she likened Solomon’s Temple to our own internal design – our spirit, heart, will, soul and body.
The model of the temple as our human architecture is frankly something that I had never heard of before but the more I think about it the more it makes sense. Just like in Solomon’s Temple where only the high priest can access the Holy of Holies and only on Yom Kippur, Jesus as our High Priest is also the only one who can go to our most innermost recesses. He came to us on our own Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement when we confessed our sins and realized that only Jesus Christ can atone for them.
I love the thought of us human beings being patterned after Solomon’s Temple – or is it vice versa? It is just one more proof that we have a Creator, who thought about our every detail and our make-up. And what better way to create His temple than to pattern it after the way He made us?
So how are we the same? Here’s how Nancy Missler explained it. If we are looking at the temple from a bird’s eye view: the Holy of Holies is our new Spirit. The Holy Place is our heart. The porch is our Willpower. The inner court is our Soul. The outer court is our Body
The charts that Nancy prepared proved to be very helpful indeed. She clearly illustrated the different scenarios on what happens when we follow God and His love flows through us.
Chart 12 shows what happens when we are constantly filled with the Holy Spirit. When we set aside our own feelings, wills and emotions to follow God’s leading. The light just flows out. That is when we truly become light to the world.
Like Nancy said, we want to be single-minded, Chart 12 people.
But when we follow our own self-will and quench the Spirit, Chart 13 illustrates what happens. God’s Spirit cannot flow out because our emotions have taken over. Notice how there is no light shining forth? Notice how dim our witness is?
Charts courtesy of http://www.khouse.org/articles/1997/273/
I’m ashamed to admit it but I have been a double-minded Chart 13 girl the last couple of weeks. Situations are swirling about and I just let my emotions get the best of me. God’s Spirit – my light, was plugged up by my own choices.
Sigh. I’m repenting as we speak.
The same way that God’s shekinah glory filled the temple, so could His Spirit and shekinah glory fill us as well, if we simply obey Him. Will we let Him through?
[Reading from Blue Letter Bible – Chronological Plan]