Weekly Pursuit – Week 4 of August

Aug 23, 2016 by

Verses: 

Psa. 84:3a “At Your two altars even the sparrow has found a home; and the swallow, a nest for herself, where she may lay her young.”

 

Excerpts:

The two altars [in Psa. 84] signify the leading consummations of the work of the incarnated Triune God, who is Christ as the embodiment of God for His increase. The mentioning of these two altars together in Exo. 40:5-6 indicates that they are closely related in our spiritual experience. At the bronze altar, a type of the cross of Christ, our problems before god are solved through the crucified Christ as the sacrifices. This qualifies us to enter into the tabernacle, a type of Christ as the incarnated and enterable Triune God, and to contact God at the incense altar. At the golden altar of incense in front of the Holy of Holies, the resurrected Christ in His ascension is the incense for us to be accepted by God in peace. Through our prayer at the incense altar we enter into the Holy of Holies-our spirit-where we experience Christ as the Ark of the Testimony with its contents. Through such an experience of Christ we are incorporated into the tabernacle, the incarnated Triune God, to become a part of the corporate Christ as God’s testimony for His manifestation. (Psa. 84:3, note 1)

 

The cross of Christ, typified by the bronze altar, is our “nest”, our refuge, where we are saved from our troubles and where we “lay” our young, i.e., produce new believers through the preaching of the gospel. When we experience the resurrected Christ in His ascension, typified by the golden altar of incense, we are accepted by God in such a Christ and find a home, a place of rest, in the house of God. (Psa. 84:3, note 3)

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