ALL ABOUT YOU: GIDEON, CHAPTER 43
THE THRONE OF LOVE
covers the sin (error) in us; it is the shed blood of Jesus Christ. When God looks on us/in us, all God sees is the blood. When we look on our brothers and sisters, should we see less?
22:35-40) Then one of them, which
was a lawyer [an expert in the
(Mosaic) law], asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
Master [an instructor: doctor, master,
teacher], which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said
unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy
God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This
is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto
it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself. On these two commandments hang [as
on a tree (cross)] all the law and the prophets.
10:12) Hatred stirreth up strifes
[discord (the Midianites: Judg 6:1-3)]:
but love covereth all sins.
Midian = Heb: a contest or quarrel: brawling, contentious, discord,
strife. [i.e. unsavedness (sin)]
covereth = Heb: to plump, i.e. fill up hollows; by impl. to cover (for
clothing or secrecy):--clad self, close, clothe, conceal, cover (self),
(flee to) hide, overwhelm.
(Prov 28:13) He that
covereth his [own] sins shall
not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall
have mercy [love, compassion].
(Gen 3:7) And the [natural]
eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked
[i.e. their disobedience (sin) was
exposed to God]; and they sewed [works]
fig leaves together, and made themselves
[apron, armor /// to gird on (as a
belt, armor, etc.): be afraid, X on every side].
(Gen 3:21) Unto Adam also
and to his wife did the LORD God make coats
[to cover: garments, robes] of
skins [hide, leather – (the first
sacrifice of an innocent for the guilty)], and clothed them.
(John 3:16) For God so loved
the world [kosmos], that
he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish
[be destroyed: die], but have everlasting life.
Pet 4:8) And
above all things have fervent
[intensive: without ceasing] charity
yourselves: for charity [love]
shall cover the multitude of sins.
charity = Gk: agape; love,
i.e. affection or benevolence; spec. (plur.) a love-feast: (feast of) charity,
dear, love [i.e. sacrificial love].
(Psa 32:1) A Psalm of
David, Maschil [instructive, a didactic
poem]. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is
covered [by what?].
(Rom 4:6-8) Even as David
also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth [esteems,
reckons] righteousness without
works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and
whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not
(Prov 8:34-36) Blessed is
the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting
at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain
favour of the LORD. But he that
sinneth against me wrongeth [to
do violence to] his own soul:
all they that hate me love death.
ARE (BECOMING) JOINED TOGETHER INTO ONE BODY, A THRONE OF LOVE
25:10,11) And they shall make an
ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof,
and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height
thereof. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold [to
shimmer], within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make
upon it a crown of gold round about.
The ark of the covenant was situate in the Most Holy Place, in the very
presence of God; it was the throne of God, from above which He spoke. The ark
of the covenant was composite of shittim wood (a type of us - sin) covered
inside and outside with “pure gold”
– and a crown. “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Love is pure. Gold
represents the purity or love
of God in the Old Testament, and is a type and shadow of the shed
(covering) blood of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, i.e. pure love.
What happens to that hard thorny shittim wood (natural man) of us? We
are wonderfully changed, from worm (caterpillar) into butterfly. (Rom
12:2) And be not conformed to this world [Prov
10:12a]: but be ye transformed
transfigured, transformed] by the renewing [renovation
/// restoration] of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good,
and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
As born again children of God, we are eternally in the presence
of Father God; we are the ark of the
covenant. The sin in us is completely covered “within and without” for
the duration of our natural lifetimes while we still dwell in this fleshly
body. However, that sin in us is being burned away “For our God is a
consuming fire” (Heb 12:29) as we read and hear the
words of the Bible “Is not my word like as a fire?” (Jer 23:29). And
we are concurrently being “transformed” or purified into a pure
throne: pure gold throughout;
we are God’s throne; we are God’s footstool. Praise God!
(Prov 25:11) A word fitly
spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
(Song of Songs 2:1) I am
the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. (Song 2:2)
As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. (Song 2:3)
As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among
the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was
sweet to my taste.
We have now an “earnest” of the Holy Spirit (Gk: pledge; part
payment, deposit: 2 Cor 1:22; 5:5; Eph 1:13,14); when God completely
dwells in us (i.e. the fullness of the Spirit), when we are fully and
completely transformed into love,
purified into love, we shall be no more shittim wood, no more flesh, at
(Rev 21:3) And I heard a
great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the
tabernacle [habitation] of
God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his
people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
“the tabernacle of God is with men” = the original Greek text
reads: “skene theos anthropos” = literally: “tabernacle God
men,” or if you will: “dwell God with
men,” or, “the tabernacle of
God is men.”
Both the latter being quite correct, for God is both “within and without.”
Pet 1:22,23) Seeing ye have purified
your souls in obeying the
truth [John 14:6] through the
Spirit unto unfeigned [sincere]
love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart
fervently: Being born again,
not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God,
which liveth and abideth for ever.
ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out [from
the Lamb’s book of life], when the times of refreshing [a
recovery of breath, (fig.) revival] shall come from
the presence of the Lord [outside
you]; And he shall send Jesus
Christ [inside you], which
before was preached unto you: