ABOUT YOU: GIDEON – CHAPTER 50
STABLE TO TOMB; FROM ROCK TO ROCK
THE PROPHECY (REMEMBER THE SIX WATERPOTS OF STONE: John 2)
Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from
all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart
also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and
I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an
heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause
you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
(John 1:14) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we
beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of
grace and truth.
THE TABERNACLE AND THE ARK (TYPES AND SHADOWS)
(Exo 25:8-10) And
let them make me a sanctuary [a consecrated thing or place: chapel, hallowed part, holy place];
that I may dwell among them.
According to all that I show thee, after the pattern [form,
likeness, similitude] of the
tabernacle [i.e. the Heavenly Tabernacle], and the pattern of all the
instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. 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 [width]
thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.
tabernacle = Heb: a residence (includ. a shepherd's hut, the
lair of animals, fig. the grave [like our body]; also the Temple); spec. the Tabernacle:--dwelleth, dwelling
(place), habitation, tabernacle, tent.
lair = Dict: 1. the den or resting place of a wild beast. 2. a place in
which to lie or rest; a bed.
ark = Heb: (in the sense of gathering); a box:--ark, chest, coffin.
Commentary = The ark of the covenant contained the two tables of
testimony, the golden pot of manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded.
THE FIRST CAVE
(Luke 2:7-14) And
she [Mary = Heb: rebellious, bitter] brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes [to
strap or wrap with strips], and laid
him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there
were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch
over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,
and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And
the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of
great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the
city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And
this shall be a sign unto you [an
indication, espec. supernatural:--miracle, sign, token, wonder]; Ye shall find the babe wrapped
in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with
the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to
God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
manger = Dict: 1. a box or
trough, as in a stable, from which horses or cattle eat. [der. Latin: chew].
manger = Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dict: a feeding-trough, crib or
open box in a stable designed to hold fodder for livestock. /// inn = Joseph and
Mary were turned away by the innkeeper at Bethlehem, requiring them to seek
refuge in a nearby cave where the Son
of God was born (Luke 2:7).
The Nelson Study Bible (commentary) = The manger was probably a
feeding-trough for animals. Jesus was probably born in a stable or in a cave that served as one.
(Mat 2:9-12) When
they [“wise men from the east”
Mat 2:1] had heard the king [Herod: “hero”; heroic /// a view: appearance, fashion, shape,
sight], they departed; and, lo, the
star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood
over where the young child was [i.e. less
than two years old: Mat 2:16]. When they saw the star, they rejoiced
with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the
young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when
they had opened their treasures,
they presented unto him gifts; gold [head
gifts], and frankincense [speaking
gifts], and myrrh [touch
gifts]. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to
Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
(1 Cor 12:1) Now concerning spiritual
gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. /// (1 Cor 12:4)
Now there are diversities of gifts,
but the same Spirit.
Most Holy Place = gold (head
gifts): wisdom, knowledge, discerning – God the Father
Holy Place = frankincense
(speaking gifts): tongues, interpretation, prophecy – God the Son
Courtyard = myrrh (touch
gifts): faith, healing, miracles – God the Holy Ghost
THE MERCY SEAT
(Exo 25:17-19) And
thou shalt make a mercy seat [a
lid (used only of the cover of the sacred Ark)] of
pure gold [symbol of the purity of
God]: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a
half the breadth thereof. And thou shalt make two
cherubims [angels] of
gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in
the two ends of the mercy seat. And make one cherub on the one end,
and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye
make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.
But Mary [“Magdalene, out of whom
he had cast seven devils.” Mark 16:9] stood without [outside] at the sepulchre
weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,
And seeth two
angels in white [“shining
garments” Luke 24:4: purity, righteousness]
sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus
had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken
away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
sepulchre = Gk: a remembrance, i.e. cenotaph (place of interment):--grave, sepulchre, tomb.
HIS RESURRECTION IN US, IN THE TOMB OF US, IN THE WATERPOTS OF STONE
(Rom 8:17-19) And
if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be
that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon
that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with
the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of
the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
revealed = Gk: to take off the cover, i.e. disclosed
(2 Cor 5:1) For we know that
if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building [structure]
of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
(2 Th 1:7-12) And
to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall
be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire
taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our
Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the
presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to
be glorified in his saints, and to
be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you
was believed) in that day. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God
would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his
goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ may be glorified in you,
and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.