Destined to Become the Tabernacle

2009 November 13

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The Bible is a Book of Tales (Narrative Theology)

The Zeal of the Lord of Hosts (Post-Millennialsim)

I was reading Exodus 3 again to my children tonight.  We are trying to get it down before going on.  I let my eyes wander ahead, and saw a phrase that I have read over in class several times lately, teaching OT to 7th graders:

21And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, 22but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”

  • I thought of purple clothing and suddenly a path of inquiry opened up…
  • I thought of “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.” Nu 6.27
  • I thought of “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Gal 3.27

(granted: the “put on” here is not a Greek link through the LXX, enduw vs. epitithEmi, but when they were doing the ‘tithEmi’ putting in Ex 3 they were literally doing ‘enduw’.)


…before the bear can come over the mountain, we need to read a few other passages (and then the bear can “see what he can see.”)

4Moses said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “This is the thing that the LORD has commanded. 5 Take from among you a contribution to the LORD. Whoever is of a generous heart, let him bring the LORD’s contribution: gold, silver, and bronze; 6blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen; goats’ hair, 7tanned rams’ skins, and goatskins; acacia wood, 8oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, 9and onyx stones and stones for setting, for the ephod and for the breastpiece.

10Let every skillful craftsman among you come and make all that the LORD has commanded: 11 the tabernacle, its tent and its covering, … 19the finely worked garments for ministering in the Holy Place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, for their service as priests.” (Ex 35.4-19)

Okay, so here are my thoughts:

Holy Place

1)      The items of plunder were destined to become the tabernacle.

2)      The items were clothing the children of the Hebrews.

3)      The tabernacle was clothing the children.

4)      The people of Israel were being labeled as “the holy place”… God would dwell within.



1)      The items of plunder were destined to become the priestly garments.

2)      The items were clothing the children of the Hebrews.

3)      The ephods were clothing the children.

4)      The people of Israel were being labeled as “priests”… God would be brought  through them to the nations


Gentiles/Neighbors/Glory of the Nations

1)      The items of plunder were FROM the WEALTH OF EGYPT.

2)      The items of plunder were DESTINED FOR THE HOLY PLACE.

3)      God was not opposed to making his kingdom out of Gentile splendor.

This is Revelation 21:

18The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, clear as glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass.

22And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.26They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

Final observations:

As Jesus was once asked: “Who is my neighbor?”

Whom do you want in the kingdom?  The nations?  We must capture their lives with the gospel, and carry their glory with us into the kingdom.

Can THEIR stuff be brought into GOD’s HOLY place?  Yes, Gentiles will be there, and be clean.

What God has called clean, let no one call unclean.


Their Job was to Subdue

2009 November 9

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The Bible is a Book of Tales (Narrative Theology),

The Zeal of the Lord of Hosts (Post-Millennialism)

Confer: Gen 1.26-28, and Exodus 1.7

Look at these two passages, and notice what is missing from the second passage: the word “subdue.”

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the land and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Gen 1.26-28

(Now remember that Land/Earth are the same word in Hebrew).

But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them.

Ex 1.7

What follows?  Pharaoh is afraid that the Hebrews might subdue his kingdom.

They were doing their job.

Paul Wants Us to Transform the Culture

2009 October 8

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The Zeal of the Lord of Hosts (Post-Millennialism)


I posted the following comment at Jason Stellman’s blog [De Regnis Duobus]

Hi Jason, I am an outsider, and am announcing myself so I don’t seem like I am picking a fight. I basically stand over in the line at Blog and Mablog.

I noticed one line of yours quoted by someone on Doug’s list, and wanted to comment, but I thought it was better to comment here than there. Here’s the line: “all that stuff at the end of all his epistles” isn’t calling us to “transform the culture”.

I was hoping to hear your comments on a few passages that I think fit the bill:

“For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the [nations] to obedience—by word and deed…25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27tothe only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.” (Rom 15.18, 16.25-27)

1First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly anddignified in every way. 3This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim 2.1-3)

It seems to me that we live the peaceful life BECAUSE God has been pleased to save kings, and the salvation of men at all levels will have the CULTURAL effect of making society peaceable for Christians as it is conformed to Christ.



Damn the Cultures, Save the Society

2009 October 8

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The Zeal of the Lord of Hosts (Post-Millennialism)


Those in the post-millennialist camp want to think that we can save society, that the Kings of the Earth will really bring their splendors in to the throne of the King of Kings.

Other views believe that society will remain at odds with God until the end, that the gospel will save a minority, but one which comes out of all societies.

Should we seek to affect the society around us, beyond saving men?

I imagine that we all, on both sides, recognize that true worship will have the cultural effect of converting people who are in our surrounding culture.

I bet that one side feels like this is “transferring men out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of his beloved son” That is, we convert people out of a pagan culture and into the church culture.

And I bet that the other side feels it is “baptizing the nations.” That is, changing the society.

Both are true, of course, but when people leave godless culture, they do not leave public society. If we equivocate Society with one of Society’s false Cults, then we will keep having to leave society alone. If we distinguish, then by damning the cults of men, we save the society of men.

(part of this was posted as a comment on Doug Wilson’s Blog [Blog and Mablog].