God’s Dwelling

July 15, 2014

Isaiah 66:1-6
This is what the LORD says:
“Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool.
Where is the house you will build for me?
Where will my resting place be?
2 Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD.
“These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word. 3 But whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a person, and whoever offers a lamb is like one who breaks a dog’s neck; whoever makes a grain offering is like one who presents pig’s blood, and whoever burns memorial incense is like one who worships an idol.
They have chosen their own ways, and they delight in their abominations; 4 so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and will bring on them what they dread.
when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened.
They did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.”
5 Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word:
“Your own people who hate you, and exclude you because of my name, have said,
‘Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy!’ Yet they will be put to shame.
6 Hear that uproar from the city, hear that noise from the temple!
It is the sound of the LORD repaying his enemies all they deserve.

God’s Dwelling

Here in Isaiah the Lord is giving His people insight into what He is looking for in His people. What Father desires is not an earthly edifice to dwell in or sacrificial acts or animals. Heaven is God’s throne and earth His footstool, why would He want a natural house that we could build for Him?
So many through the ages have only known a Christianity of works, ceremony and the sacrifices they could produce, offer and perform. Many have gone through the motions of religion and never known the intimacy of relationship. Such were the religious men of Jesus’ day and such are many in this day, but God is opening the eyes of many to the substance of what He is looking for. He says, “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.” God has no heart for outward religion and show. Perhaps nothing on earth has brought more shame and discredit to His holy name than people operating under the cover of His name while committing abominable and ungodly acts. Religion isn’t the answer to finding the heart of God, it is your heart condition and attitude that He is looking for. It was religion that put to death the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus was no friend of religion even though it feigned itself in truth. Jesus told his disciples to do as they say, but not as they do. They speak out of the word of truth, but they don’t live the truth in their heart and attitudes.
“But whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a person, and whoever offers a lamb is like one who breaks a dog’s neck; whoever makes a grain offering is like one who presents pig’s blood, and whoever burns memorial incense is like one who worships an idol.”
They have chosen their own ways, and they delight in their abominations; 4 so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and will bring on them what they dread.”
Now why would God say that when He was the one that instituted these acts of sacrifice? It was because they had lost sight of the truth behind the sacrifice and were simply going through the motions while they still did whatever they wanted.
“They have chosen their own ways, and they delight in their abominations; 4 so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and will bring on them what they dread. For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened. They did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.”
They were much like the wise and foolish that Jesus talks about in His parables. The foolish came to God and they heard God, but they didn’t do what He said. The wise man came and heard, but then he built his life on the foundation of the truth through his attitudes and actions, so that when the storms of life and even the judgements of God came, his house stood while the foolish man’s was destroyed.
“Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word:
“Your own people who hate you, and exclude you because of my name, have said,
‘Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy!’ Yet they will be put to shame.”
It is those who say they are God’s who will often be your greatest persecutors thinking they do God a service. It was these religious ones that condemned and had Jesus put to death. It was the spear of Saul’s religious spirit that attempted pin David’s anointing to the wall. Know that if you are walking in the true Spirit of Christ, it will often be those of your own household, even the household of faith, who are your greatest persecutors. Wheat and tares may grow in the same field until harvest and then there comes a time of winnowing and separation.
Father is looking to abide in those whose hearts are so ripe for Him. Those whose heart cry is for Him. Those whose only desire is to please Him. He is still looking for that intimacy of relationship with His people who aren’t just interested in going through the motions, but passionately they want the substance of God’s reality in their lives. These are the ones who are pregnant with the life seed of Christ in them. These are the ones that will bring forth a nation in a day. They love Jesus with all of their hearts and they only want to go where He is leading them. God is calling out for the hearts of His true people, of His true house and dwelling place, for them to gather unto Him with all of their being. He is coming in those who know the substance of His Spirit and Being, not just the outward showing of an appearance of godliness. It’s the real deal or no deal.
“Hear that uproar from the city, hear that noise from the temple!
It is the sound of the LORD repaying his enemies all they deserve. (Isaiah 66:6)”

Blessings,
#kent

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