Jesus has taken us into God's presence forever
Jesus has taken us into God's presence forever [draft sermon outline]
Published February 27th, 2019
15 1 מִזְמ֗וֹר לְדָ֫וִ֥ד יְ֭הֹוָה מִי ־ יָג֣וּר בְּאָהֳלֶ֑ךָ מִֽי ־ יִ֝שְׁכֹּ֗ן בְּהַ֣ר קָדְשֶֽׁךָ ׃ 2 הוֹלֵ֣ךְ תָּ֭מִים וּפֹעֵ֥ל צֶ֑דֶק וְדֹבֵ֥ר אֱ֝מֶ֗ת בִּלְבָבֽוֹ ׃ 3 לֹֽא ־ רָגַ֨ל ׀ עַל ־ לְשֹׁנ֗וֹ לֹא ־ עָשָׂ֣ה לְרֵעֵ֣הוּ רָעָ֑ה וְ֝חֶרְפָּ֗ה לֹא ־ נָשָׂ֥א עַל ־ קְרֹֽבוֹ ׃ 4 נִבְזֶ֤ה ׀ בְּֽעֵ֘ינָ֤יו נִמְאָ֗ס וְאֶת ־ יִרְאֵ֣י יְהוָ֣ה יְכַבֵּ֑ד נִשְׁבַּ֥ע לְ֝הָרַ֗ע וְלֹ֣א יָמִֽר ׃ 5 כַּסְפּ֤וֹ ׀ לֹא ־ נָתַ֣ן בְּנֶשֶׁךְ֮ וְשֹׁ֥חַד עַל ־ נָקִ֗י לֹ֥א לָ֫קָ֥ח עֹֽשֵׂה ־ אֵ֑לֶּה לֹ֖א יִמּ֣וֹט לְעוֹלָֽם ׃
15 1 στηλογραφία τῷ Δαυιδ φύλαξόν με κύριε ὅτι ἐπὶ σοὶ ἤλπισα 2 εἶπα τῷ κυρίῳ κύριός μου εἶ σύ ὅτι τῶν ἀγαθῶν μου οὐ χρείαν ἔχεις 3 τοῖς ἁγίοις τοῖς ἐν τῇ γῇ αὐτοῦ ἐθαυμάστωσεν πάντα τὰ θελήματα αὐτοῦ ἐν αὐτοῖς 4 ἐπληθύνθησαν αἱ ἀσθένειαι αὐτῶν μετὰ ταῦτα ἐτάχυναν οὐ μὴ συναγάγω τὰς συναγωγὰς αὐτῶν ἐξ αἱμάτων οὐδὲ μὴ μνησθῶ τῶν ὀνομάτων αὐτῶν διὰ χειλέων μου 5 κύριος ἡ μερὶς τῆς κληρονομίας μου καὶ τοῦ ποτηρίου μου σὺ εἶ ὁ ἀποκαθιστῶν τὴν κληρονομίαν μου ἐμοί 6 σχοινία ἐπέπεσάν μοι ἐν τοῖς κρατίστοις καὶ γὰρ ἡ κληρονομία μου κρατίστη μοί ἐστιν 7 εὐλογήσω τὸν κύριον τὸν συνετίσαντά με ἔτι δὲ καὶ ἕως νυκτὸς ἐπαίδευσάν με οἱ νεφροί μου 8 προωρώμην τὸν κύριον ἐνώπιόν μου διὰ παντός ὅτι ἐκ δεξιῶν μού ἐστιν ἵνα μὴ σαλευθῶ 9 διὰ τοῦτο ηὐφράνθη ἡ καρδία μου καὶ ἠγαλλιάσατο ἡ γλῶσσά μου ἔτι δὲ καὶ ἡ σάρξ μου κατασκηνώσει ἐπ’ ἐλπίδι 10 ὅτι οὐκ ἐγκαταλείψεις τὴν ψυχήν μου εἰς ᾅδην οὐδὲ δώσεις τὸν ὅσιόν σου ἰδεῖν διαφθοράν 11 ἐγνώρισάς μοι ὁδοὺς ζωῆς πληρώσεις με εὐφροσύνης μετὰ τοῦ προσώπου σου τερπνότητες ἐν τῇ δεξιᾷ σου εἰς τέλος
Who Shall Dwell on Your Holy Hill? 15 A Psalm of David. 1 O Lord , u who shall sojourn in your v tent? Who shall dwell on your w holy hill? 2 He who x walks blamelessly and y does what is right and z speaks truth in his heart; 3 who a does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor b takes up a reproach against his friend; 4 c in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord ; who d swears to his own hurt and does not change; 5 who e does not put out his money at interest and f does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be g moved.
Jesus has taken us into God's presence forever Intro : The 'who' question is a very big question in the storyline! The quest for Eden is humanity's whole story [every idea, ideal, and idol is a grasp towards Eden; the one thing we can all agree on is that this world is not as it 'should' be...but why is there even a 'should be' in our hearts?] The problem: who on earth can return to Eden? v1 These are temple terms; 'tent' and 'holy hill'. They are therefore also Eden terms, since the temple 'rehearsed' Eden and its loss. The answer: the one who is perfectly righteous v2-5 Blameless in his heart (v2); blameless in his speech (v3); in his relationships (v3) Blameless in his God-centred perspective on everything (v4) Blameless in how he treats the little guy (v5) The perfectly righteous one will dwell with God forever (v5) FCF: We are not blameless! No where close enough to dwell with God. We think of ourselves as relatively good, simply because of whom we compare ourselves to. [cf just as busy-ness is subjective, and we do the same with holi-ness] Person of Jesus: this is a description of him! Blameless to his very heart! The greater David; man looks on the eyes but God on the heart. He kept the law perfectly. Work of Jesus: the blameless one is himself despised and abused. The one who did no evil is subjected to terrible evil. We dishonoured the one who feared the LORD. And he suffered this as our representative. 'He who does these things shall never be moved'; God vindicated his blameless One. Raised him up to his very holy place, and all those united to him. This Psalm is answered by the words, 'behold the man!'; it is about the ascension. The high priest went in for one day, once a year. But Jesus has gone in, as a human being, and sat down there forever! Covenant curses have been 'used up', exhausted. And a new creation made in Jesus, where he has gone into God's presence, 'never to be moved', and secured God's covenant faithfulness to us in him, forever. Union with Jesus: this Psalm describes us, who we actually are, in Jesus. The struggle for holiness is the battle of shedding the old person, who died with Jesus at the cross, and living out who we already really are; blameless ones gathered around the very presence and throne of God. Wrap-up: Who can dwell forever with God in restored Eden? Jesus of Nazareth, and all those united with him by faith.