Prior to the coming of Jesus, God worked primarily through Israel by blessing them so that the nations could see and know God as Lord.
Thus, the temple in Jerusalem was extravagant – pure gold on the inside, gold chains in the inner sanctuary, a golden altar. #comesee
The OT pattern “is a come-see religion … a geographic center … a physical temple, an earthly king, a political regime …” @johnpiper
When Jesus came into the world, come-see became go-tell: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Jesus himself is the temple, the king …
The shift from place (come-see) to person (go-tell) meant a change in our lifestyles. For we are “aliens and strangers in the world.”
Tho we live in the world, we don’t wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. #2Cor10 #gotell
Lord, We #adore you for preparing a future home for us. For this world is not our home – not even Jesus had a place to lay his head.
Yet we #confess that we often want to build lavish “homes” here, with come-see mentalities, not a go-tell ones.
We give you #thanks for giving us great gain in godliness w/contentment. For we brought nothing into the world & can take nothing out of it.
Therefore, may we lay up treasures in heaven as a firm foundation for the coming age – that we may take hold of true life. #supplication