John 14 is known as the Comfort Chapter and I could sure use so comfort – Note what Jesus comforts us with:
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.John 14:2
That word, “place” – as in” I am going to prepare a place” as I studied the Greek and going back to the Hebrew, it opened it’s secret to me, place is so very much more that a house or an abode, I have my place at work and at the dinner table with my family and even with my extended family. With my friends I also have a place. I actually have a place in the LARGER STORY GOD is telling and so do you. God gifted us specially for that place and this promise is that Jesus has every intention of us delighting together in the use of those gifts for heaven, what we were designed for. Oh Yes, I know a PLACE.
John Eldridge’s Wild At Heart Podcast this week tell a fabulous story of how Jesus has intimate relationships as shown at both the Mountain of Transfiguration and appearing to Mary first after His resurrection. As we are longing for Jesus return and going to THAT PLACE as King David did in Psalms 24, I believe there is another really fabulous insight hidden their in the word gate. Also the answer to who get to go there?
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive blessing from the Lord,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face. Selah
7 Lift up your heads, O you gates!Psalms 24: 3-7
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
The Word – “GATE” in the original could have been translated – hair like Absalom above, or storm like the tornado above. As I pondered the relationship to Gate and Hair and Storm, I began to see how we with our hairy heads need to lift up our gates, our stormy places to the King of Glory. I will dive deeper into all that on the show today, but I don’t want anyone to miss what God showed me this morning in Habakkuk’s Song.
19 The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.Habakkuk 3:19
God will make us have deer feet so we can walk on “MINE HIGH PLACE” That’s right it’s mine made for me, I know a PLACE.