When the Israelites where fleeing from Egypt and wandering in the desert God specified a distinctive and carefully laid out tent for the Tabernacle. The worship place for His people and in which from time to time God would reside.
2 Chronicles 4 takes us into some of the detail of parts of items to be used in the Temple for worship. Intricate carefully made tools and furnishings to equip the people of God for their worship of Him in His earthly home. As Karen wrote in part yesterday a place constructed with the generosity of many.
The Revelation readings in the last few days have uncovered for us terrible scenes of destruction and despair as both those who know Jesus and those who don’t are dealt with under the judgement of God. Scenes of battles between good and evil for the final time. Scenes of the destruction of the earth.
Yet here in today’s Revelation reading is the climax painted of a different sort. A wedding. The final betrothal of Jesus to His bride the church, or God’s holy people.. A celebration of untold proportions.
Yet despite this glorious expectation that we will be invited to the wedding our minds linger on the destruction and horrendous death that is described for many, Both unfaithful and faithful.
So what do we do in these times.
Placed neatly between the accounts of the Old Testament and the Gospels and epistles but before Revelation lies the last few verses of Jude which guides us as to our tasks and promises a faithful Lord God with these words:
20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear – hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – 25 to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and for evermore! Amen.
May these words find life in our lives as we seek to live for and serve God in our community and rest on the God who is capable of presenting us as faultless.