Archive for October, 2008

Don’t pray for peace

Monday, October 27th, 2008 by Mark

I was spending time in the Tabernacle the other day and I was praying and asking God about some relational stuff that I was going through and I heard Him say to me “Don’t pray for peace in your relationships pray for Health”. At first I was confused by the first part of this, don’t pray for peace?? I thought surely I heard that wrong. But then as I thought about it, the absolute profoundness of this hit home. If ‘peace’ in a relationship is your main thing or main goal then your responses and what you allow people to do are very different than if ‘health’ in a relationship is the main thing. I started to think about different relationships that I have with people, and how I believe that I have been for years having ‘Peace’ as the ultimate aim. The outcome of this is that I have allowed and participated in unhealthy stuff that I was uneasy about but allowed because doing as the other party wanted bought ‘peace’ or at least avoidance of conflict. Now as I have walked in this new revelation for a couple of weeks, I do truly believe it was a word from God as I believe it is profound and it has bought great freedom and health to me.

When I have ‘health’ as my ultimate goal I am not afraid of or manipulated by a little ruffling of feathers or other people not getting what they want from me, like I would have been if I was looking for peace. When Health in relationships is my goal, I am finding myself to be freer to be myself to say what I truly believe and to be more forthright and honest. I can say that I am enjoying this revelation and that I love healthy relationships. Interestingly enough, ‘true peace’ comes when you know that you have acted in open healthy ways, the false peace or calm may be disrupted along the way, but the true peace that comes from healthy relationships is well worth it. Maybe I have finally learnt what ‘peace’ in relationships actually is??!!

I am cautious that I need to keep pride in check as I do this, always acting in humility otherwise I might find myself pridefully disrupting relationships or not caring enough for the feelings of others, but I have a new main thing that I aim for in relationships, it is no longer Peace but now HEALTH.

Tabernacle echo

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 by Helen

“When they came to Jesus & found that He was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of Blood & water.” John 19:33-34

How utterly consistent is this book of God! Here at the very time of Jesus’ death, the continutiy of this awesome God breathes again. At the moment of the spear being thrust into Jesus side, blood & water flowed out. The message this speaks is stunning!

At the enterance of the Tabernacle of Moses, was the altar where daily sacrifices were made to deal with the sin of the people. Because there is one fundamental aspect about this God we love, He is Holy. Sin is not holy, it is quite the opposite! And sin estranges us from God. So something living had to die, & blood had to be poured over the altar to cancel the sin. This was the role of the Priest in the Tabernacle of Moses. He took the animal, killed it & poured the blood out over the altar. To then move into the presence of God that dwelled in the centre court of the Tabernacle, the Priest would go to the laver, gold bowl filled with water. There he was to wash himself before entering the Holy of Holies. The water dealt with the uncleanilness of not only dealing with a sin sacrifice but also a sinful people. He had to be clean.

This incredible book of the words of God, says that when Jesus who is our Priest died, blood & water flowed out of Him. Here is but another echo of the Tabernacle in the very moment of Jesus death. The message is stunning! In Jesus death, He dealt with sin – our intentional rejection of God & of how He asks us to live (blood flowed out). And He dealt with uncleanliness – like what hits us as we walk past people talking in corse ways or when we turn on the TV & get assaulted with a sudden visual we didn’t want to see before we could change the channnel (water flowed out). In Jesus’s dead body was the message of the Tabernacle, He has dealt with both sin & uncleanliness so that we could experience the presence of God dwelling. And of course prophecy was fulfilled in this moment. Zechariah 13:1 says, “On that day a fountain will be opened up to the house of David & the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin & uncleanliness.” Tabernacle, the presence of God dwelling, echoed again in the moment of Jesus death confirmed. How utterly consistent is this God!