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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Prepare the Way of the Lord!, #7
The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands; the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary. (Psalms 68:17—NIV)
There are three great symbols of Judaism: the altar, the lampstand, and the booth. The altar speaks of the fact that God requires every person to meet Him at the altar of sacrifice, that is, at Calvary.
The lampstand tells us that it is God's will that every individual live in His Spirit rather than in his or her own strength and abilities.
The booth portrays God's intention to dwell through Jesus Christ in every saved person. After God has put every spirit under the feet of Jesus, then the Lord Jesus Himself will be subject to God so God may be All in all.
Mankind was created in order to be the chariots of God.
There are three great feasts of Judaism: Passover, Pentecost (Weeks), and Tabernacles.
Passover tells us that if we are to escape the bondages of the world we must eat the Passover Lamb. The Passover Lamb is the Lord Jesus Christ. We can escape the world and prepare ourselves for the resurrection from the dead only by eating the flesh of Christ and drinking His blood. There is no other food and drink that will give us eternal life and raise us from the dead in the last day. The body and blood of Jesus Christ are the covenant God has given to us.
Pentecost refers to the giving of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our Sinai, our law of the Spirit of life.
We do not always hear this taught, but the scriptural truth is that we are without condemnation only as we live according to the Spirit of life and turn aside from the deeds of our sinful nature. This concept is presented clearly in the eighth chapter of the Book of Romans.
You would think from what is proclaimed today that if we make a confession of Christ we are without condemnation forever no matter how we behave. Such is not the case, and millions of American Christians are in deception concerning this. If this were true, new-covenant grace would be an alternative to righteous behavior, and the new covenant would represent a change in God's goal for man.
The truth is, we are free from condemnation only as we walk in the Spirit of God, only as we walk in the light of God's will each day.
In order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:4—NIV)
It is clear if we live according to our sinful nature, the righteous requirements of the Law of Moses are not fully met in us. We remain under condemnation even though we have "accepted Christ." This is the truth of the Scripture and we ignore it at the peril of our soul.
As soon as we receive the Holy Spirit He begins the work of strengthening us so Christ may enter us in His fullness. The Spirit prepares the way of the Lord that the Father and the Son might find Their eternal home and rest in us.
The third and final celebration, the feast of Tabernacles, or Booths, includes three subfeasts: the Blowing of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and then the feast of Tabernacles itself.
To be continued.