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A RENTED HEART
Somehow we have come to believe that the veil torn to allow us entry into the Most Holy place is only that of which constitute the temple. Studying the details of the temple reveals to us astonishing revelations all that pertains to our blessed Messiah. We see Him in the washing of the water, the menorah, shew bread and so much more. All three sections of the outer court, the inner court and Most Holy were veiled.
The purpose of this rented veil of Christ, His flesh, is that we may commune with God there at the mercy seat. There He will speak to us. A timeless and eternal provision. The instructions Moses received were to make an exact replica of that which is in heaven. However, no longer are we required to enter into that which is earthly, but that which is heavenly. He has made a way.
We can only enter by faith. The truth is that it took the death of the cross to rent that veil so that we may enter. And yet, some of us find ourselves still in the outer court or inner court. Have you given it any thought that we are found in the heavenly tabernacle of God when we enter the tent of meeting? There where we go to find mercy and grace to help in the time of need. Even though we are stuck in our stuffy rooms surrounded with crying kids and demands that require our attention, we have actually entered into that realm that transcends time. No wonder it takes faith. If you are prone to see things only from a now perspective, that which is earthly and bound to time, you will miss that which is spiritual, transcends time and eternal. Our bodies, our very entrapments in our sin, holds us still on earth, but the spirit meets with God there in the eternal. Did He not say that the Kingdom of God is within us?
Instead of us literally coming to Him, He has made a way for heaven to come down to us, even in us. Oh the mysteries of God!! The tabernacle being triune is in fact the image of man, being body, soul and spirit. The body representing the veil of the flesh still having to be torn in some of our lives. All that which still lusts and beastly. The soul which comprises of the intellect, the understanding and human wisdom and knowledge, seems to be an even thicker more tenacious veil, still set in place like an iron curtain. And then our spirit which is our heart - the very essence of who we are. Not only our personality, but even that who we were before the foundation of the earth. As He said to Jeremiah, “Before you were born, I knew you.”
The truth of the matter is that He meets us where we are at. If we are still to be found outside of the outer court, He pursues us by His Spirit to repent and come into the “fold”. The moment we do we find ourselves having to wash ourselves first before entering the inner court, it is there that He as the prodigal Father embrace us and kiss us fervently, along the way. Once we have entered the inner court, He communes with us on a daily basis to confront and convict us of our wayward thoughts and unrenewed mind. He enters into our state wherever that may be. He enters into our hearts, our very being by His Spirit, there in the Most Holy place of our lives. All of these divine encounters is God with us. It is a mercy and a grace. He has entered in, but have we?
What would the tabernacle represent in light of us being a triune being and being the earthly pattern of that which is heavenly? Made in His likeness. Which is to say triune. For just as there is protocol to enter into an earthly King’s courts, so it is in heaven. We see this preparation in the type and shadow of the priests who served in the outer and inner courts. Even more so in the type and shadow of the High Priests, the type and shadow of our High Priest, Jesus Christ. Sin was still present in those who served in the outer and inner court. How do we know this? Because a mercy was shown to them that was not shown to the High Priests who entered with fear and trembling into the Most Holy Place. We are not told how many of the High Priests throughout history were struck dead, only to be pulled out by the rope they were bound to. But what we do know is that no flesh could come into His presence and live. Why? Was His presence then not in all the different sections of the tabernacle? The truth is that His presence was, but not His glory.
David refers to His soul as his glory. That is to say not that which constitute his intellect and reasoning, but his essence, his being.
“(A Song Psalm of David.) O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.”
This glory is H3519 in the Strong's Concordance which is the word Kabod. The meaning is weight. When we speak of God’s presence, we speak of the weightiness of His presence. That glory that fills the temple with its weight so that the very air becomes thick. David is saying he will praise Him with his kabod. His heaviness, which is to say his whole being.
Something transpired in heaven before it was manifested on earth, on the cross. The Son had to leave the heavenly and enter into our earthly. He had to enter into our weakness, our temptations, pain and sorrow. He had to enter into the anguish of fighting against sin and the onslaught of the enemy. He had to enter into the realm of hatred and murder from that place of perfect peace and love. It meant entering into our humanity, that which requires us to relieve ourselves in our bodily functions. Entering into our dependency on a mother’s breast and the guidance of a fallen earthly father. He had to enter into the heart of what it means to be man. He became the Son of Man. It is not only what He left behind, but also what He entered into that we need to consider.
And the word says the following of His earthly struggles and agony:
Hebrew 5: 7 - 10
7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
In this we see how He rented His soul in anguished prayer. But there on the cross, He rented His heart as well as His flesh. There where His glory resides. And as it was done in heaven, so it was done on earth when God rented His heart for a broken and lost world. The veil before the Most Holy Place was torn from top to bottom so that we may enter into the Most Holy Place…that is to say not just into the type and shadow as seen in the earthly tabernacle, but into the rented heart of God, as He has entered into ours. A real felt eternal place in Him. In this place we are called to abide in Him as He abides in us. To remain and not just visit. Not just once a year, but forever. My question is, have we truly entered into the rented heart of God?
The way into His rented heart has unfortunately been cheapened by the hyper grace deception where His holiness and a rightful fear of God has been replaced by an unbalanced view of God as only a loving Father ready to allow all into His glory. The truth is He did make a way and what a grace it is! Jesus is the Way into the heart of God, the Most Holy Place. He took upon Him our sin so that we may be the righteousness of God. But He was being made perfect to become the author of eternal salvation unto all them that OBEY Him.
Hebrews 5: 8 - 9
8Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
This obedience is an ultimate obedience, just as He as the Patterned Son had to do in order to be made perfect. In Matthew 5 Jesus says the following:
Matthew 5: 48
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
In Hebrews 4 we read that the Israelites could not enter into His rest due to their unbelief. This unbelief is described as a hardened heart. Countless times they were found to be adulterous, compromising and murmuring, desiring to go back to the fleshpots of Egypt. But God was not mocked by their sin and refused that they should enter into His rest.
The rented heart of God is a very real place that He has made a way through His Son that we may enter in. This eternal place is where the spirit of man and God, the Eternal Spirit become one. Paul says we have the mind of Christ and know all things. It is a place of knowing, the transcended place Jesus prayed in His High Priestly prayer in John 17. In this place He reveals His rented heart to those who have come through the Way, that is to say, through the cross. There He reveals His grieving for the lost damned for eternity without any hope. It is filled with an indescribable love for His own. It is a suffering love, a humble love, and eternal transcended love. It is a sacred place of holy hush and awe where we are undone…it is His glory.
Let us not cheapen His grace by thinking we can enter boldly without considering the cost and therefore think we have entered when in fact we still find ourselves in the outer or inner court. Those who will enter, enter by unspeakable grace and therefore should not for one moment think that we can deserve it by our obedience. Rather, the obedience is unto the perfection of the saints, so that we may enter. We do not allow just anybody into our hearts. This is wisdom. Why should He? Once you have entered, you will come out like Moses from the mount with glory shining on his face, but we will be unveiled because the veil our hearts have been torn and now we see. We see because we have entered into the rented heart of God.
Let us then therefore endeavor to enter into the Most Holy, renting our own hearts and allowing Him to discipline us. For there is also a joy set before us to endure our own cross. Let us therefore enter. I would like to say that I have entered, but if I am honest, I have not. I am not yet glorious. He has extended the invitation to me over and over this week. I have run from Him because I know in the depth of my being, that when I do, there is no turning back. He is not inviting me to enter into a place where I am still in control. He is inviting me into His kabod. His rented heart, where two hearts beat as one. And so, by this devotional, He is inviting you to enter in.