From Come-See to Go-Tell

by Bethany

Relevant Text: 1 Kings 6:21-22
Full Text: 1 Kings 5-6 & 2 Chron. 2-3

Come-See | Prior to the coming of Jesus, God worked primarily through Israel by blessing them so that the nations could see and know Him as Lord [1]. Thus, the Temple of the Lord was spectacularly extravagant: “Solomon covered the inside of the temple with pure gold, and he extended gold chains across the front of the inner sanctuary, which was overlaid with gold. So he overlaid the whole interior with gold. He also overlaid with gold the altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary” [2]. As John Piper has noted, “The pattern in the Old Testament is a come-see religion. There is a geographic center of the people of God. There is a physical temple, an earthly king, a political regime, an ethnic identity, an army to fight God’s earthly battles, and a band of priests to make animal sacrifices for sins” [3].

Go-Tell | When Jesus came into the world, however, the focus shifted from come-see to go-tell. As Jesus told his disciples, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” [4]. As Piper continued, in Christ, “there is no geographic center for Christianity [5]; Jesus has replaced the temple, the priests, and the sacrifices [6]; there is no Christian political regime because Christ’s kingdom is not of this world [7]; and we do not fight earthly battles with chariots and horses or bombs and bullets, but spiritual ones with the word and the Spirit” [8] [9]. By implication, of course, this shift from Place to Person meant a change in our lifestyles. Rather than amassing wealth to show the world how rich our God is, we now give our wealth away for the cause of advancing the gospel because we are “aliens and strangers in the world”  [10] [11].

Prayer | Lord, This world is not our home – not even Jesus himself had a place to lay his head [12]. Rather, our citizenship is in heaven [13]. Therefore, we find “great gain” in godliness with contentment – for “we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it” [14]. Give us a vision of our lives, as we “lay up treasure for [ourselves] as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that [we] may take hold of the life that is truly life” [15]. Amen.

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Footnotes:  [1]  As He told Moses when He was preparing him to go to Pharaoh to demand the release of His people, “And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it” (Ex. 7:4-5 NIV 1984).  |  [2]  1 Kings 6:20-22 NIV 1984  |  [3]  John Piper, “To Prosperity Preachers: Teach Them to Go.” Sermon. 25 May 2010.  |  [4]  Matt. 28:18-20 NIV 1984  |  [5]  See John 4:20-24.  |  [6]  See John 2:19; Hebrews 9:25-26.  |  [7]  See John 18:36.  |  [8]  See Ephesians 6:12-18; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.  |  [9]  John Piper, “To Prosperity Preachers: Teach Them to Go.” Sermon. 25 May 2010.  |  [10]  1 Peter 2:11 NIV 1984  |  [11]  Interestingly, the Old Testament was written in the Hebrew language, which was unique to Israel and shared by no other peoples of the ancient world. The New Testament, however, was written in Greek, which was ideally suited for missions to the Roman world because it was its trade language.  |  [12]  See Lk. 9:58; Matt. 8:20  |  [13]  See Phil. 3:20.  |  [14]  1 Tim. 6:6-7 NIV 1984  |  [15]  1 Tim. 6:18-19 NIV 1984

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2 Comments to “From Come-See to Go-Tell”

  1. And you my dear, are a shining light that makes us all feel spaceil with your joy! You are a great example. Thank you.. I so agree with you. Everyone, even those who may on the outside say stay away from me, want to be shown kindness and love…and really it’s such a simple thing that we can give.

    • That was an interesting eerxpience and I learned a lot from it. I think that having the 140 ch. limit of twitter does a lot to keep the conversation really focused. You have to be clear and make your point in as few words as possible, and that really makes you think carefully about your responses! Thanks for hosting it.

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