The Metaphor of the “House”
Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city. The watchman keeps awake in vain. - Psalm 127:1
We've heard and read the many stories and scriptures in the Bible and noted the use of metaphors in both the Old and New Testaments. Jesus spoke using many metaphors and parables that are there for us to take, examine and unwrap.
One basic metaphor is the use of the word "house" throughout the Word.
In Exodus we read of how the Israelites were saved from the last and final plague on the Egyptians when all their firstborn children were slain. God told Moses to instruct the Israelites on how to protect their household.
"Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it." - Exodus 12:7
And Jesus' Parable of the "House" built on a Rock.
"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock." - Matthew 7:24,25.
Or when Jesus speaks of the house that has been swept clean.
"When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first." - Luke 11: 24-26
I'm sure most of us have understood the word "house" to mean "us", our hearts, our souls and our minds, the very core of who we are and everything that comes with it. Our drives, our desires, our will, our works, our identity, our intention, ...the house contains all that we are and all that is within us.
Jesus is the one who saved our household (our house and everything precious within it) when His blood was put on the doorposts and lintel of our house so the spiritual plagues would pass over us.
And we are the ones who are saved when the winds and rains of tribulation and evil fall upon us, because our foundation is on Christ our Rock.
And we are the ones who must guard our house after the Lord has cleansed us lest we invite those guests who seek to destroy us from the inside out.
Our house, our heart, our soul, our mind, our will, our intention.
And along with word "house" is the word "kingdom." And what is a kingdom but a community of many houses which are ruled by one king, thus, the Kingdom of God.
Also associated to"house" is the word, "door" referring to the door where things enter and leave and of which can be opened or closed.
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to." - Matthew 23:13
"Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me." - Revelations 3:20.
Unlike sin and evil that can barge into our house unannounced, Jesus won't come in uninvited. Jesus gives us the choice to answer his call, because He wants to work with us as much as we are comfortable and when we are ready. It is up to us to invite Him into our house, into our life. And when we do, He will sit with us and fellowship with our heart, soul and mind.
Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool."- Isaiah 1:18
Jesus referred to Himself as a Temple of God.
When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, "Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father's house into a market!" His disciples remembered that it is written: "Zeal for your house will consume me." The Jews responded to him, "What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?" Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." The Jews then said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?" But he was speaking about the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scriptures and the word that Jesus had spoken.- John 2:13-22.
And a house who lets Jesus live and reside in is a temple.
"Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple." - 1 Corinthians 3:16-17.
"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." - 1 Corinthians: 6:19-20.
So all those who let the Lord live and rule in their hearts, souls and minds are temples of God.
And one other thing Jesus did say:
"Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going." - John 14:1-4
So it seems, when the time comes, we will be living in the Father's House and with Him!
Amen to that!
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