Our Destiny and Hope - David Mitts

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house. For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end. (Heb 3:1-6)

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Sons or daughters and servants have an entirely different destiny in the house of the Lord. In this verse, the writer of Hebrews contrasts 2 types of houses, the house of Moses and the House of Yeshua. Moses was appointed as the apostle of Israel.  He was in this respect a servant in the house of Israel. A servant is a steward over the responsibility that he or she is entrusted with. Moses was entrusted with the children of Israel who were by covenant the children of God through Abraham. Moses, of course, was also himself a child in the house but he served as the chosen one to steward the house.

Moses was both a member of the house of the Lord and the spokesman between the Lord and the people of God. This stewardship position in the bible is called being a prophet.

Since that time no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,(Deu 34:10)

In Moses’ time, the Lord like all gods, “lived” in a place, a physical location which was called the “place where I establish My name”. This place is known as the “dwelling place” of the Lord.
"But you shall seek the LORD at the place which the LORD your God will choose from all your tribes, to establish His name there for His dwelling, and there you shall come. (Deu 12:5)

The word in Hebrew for dwelling place is “Sh-chen”. This word contains the shin, which means “this is”  and the word “ken”, which means yes. So, the dwelling place of the Lord is the place where we find the yes! In the “yes” is the manifestation of our hope, His promises to us, our destiny.

For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore, also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. (2Co 1:20)

For Israel, honoring the dwelling place through the Feasts, Shabbat and the priesthood, brought h the yes to their destiny, inheriting the Land of Promise.  The manifest Presence of God was called the “Shekinah”.  This is the feminine equivalent of the place of yes!  The Presence, the Shekinah, was the manifestation of the Glory of God.  The physical place, the tent where God met with Moses face to face, was called the “Mishkan”, where we get the word tabernacle. Mishkan contains the same root, sh-ken, the place of the yes, but adds the mem, which means from. So, the tabernacle is where the Yes comes from.

In the New Covenant, a deeper reality exists. This deeper reality is also contained in the word roots. The word in Hebrew for village or neighborhood and neighbor also contains the root sh-ken. Neighbor is sc-ken and neighborhood is sh-kinah.

Yeshua is both the builder and the Son who owns the house.  We are the house itself.  As the house of the Lord, His dwelling place, our destiny is as the workmanship components of the house. His house is not a building but a living dwelling place which we are.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Eph 2:8-10)

It is hard for our literal minds to grasp the reality of being the house of the Lord, a living dwelling place for Him.  We live in houses made of materials which protect us from the elements and serve as an environment to create the atmosphere of home.  A home is more than a house.  A home is an environment of relationships and shared experiences.  It goes from a house to a home through those relationships and experiences.

As the house of the Lord, we similarly are more than a structure, a house. We are the home of the Lord. Like our natural home, the home of the Lord is built upon relationships and shared experiences.  We have a relationship with God who lives in us as the Son in His home.  This is what we mean when we say we have invited Jesus into our heart.  Our heart is His home.
Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. (Joh 14:23)

It is not just the house of the Lord that is in us, but the HOME of the Lord. How is a home built?  Through trust, open communication, shared experiences, meals, deep conversation.

This is the place of true abiding. Hebrews 3:6 tells us that they key to this reality is what is translated as holding fast to our confession and the boast of our hope.  Again, it is hope that is the access portal into the place of abiding, the creating of a home for God in our hearts.

How do we come into our destiny, our hope as the home of our God.  The key is in the word for dwelling. The Shkhen.  We come into agreement.  We become neighbors.  We become a neighborhood which releases something in the spiritual realm, the “yes”! We carry the potential for the Yes in our being.

"Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst."(Mat 18:19-20)

Now, we can begin to understand what is called the prayer of agreement. Agreement is where the yes lives. When the living house of the Lord, the living Mishkan, a living tabernacle comes into unity, then the place of that unity becomes the literal house of the Lord in the Earth.  As we worship Him in that agreement, we release the destiny of God into the Earth, the Hope of Glory.

What we need to remember is that power is from the Presence.  The Presence of the Lord comes to the place where His Name is placed.  As the house of the Lord comes into unity and oneness then the Yes comes forth in agreement and power.  This is the most precious power on earth as it is in heaven.
For this reason, the entire strategy of the kingdom of darkness is to cause doubt in relationships and break trust.  If unity can be diminished, then authority can be compromised.  The coldness of love of our time is the strategy of the enemy to undermine the power of agreement. If we can just see the house of the Lord as a place or a corporation, then we have lost the power of the yes.  We need true repentance to become neighbors, sh-keniah, for the Shekinah of God His divine presence to manifest. This is called by Yeshua coming into oneness which is the revelation of the Shekinah, the Glory of God.

"The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. "Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. "O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them."(Joh 17:22-26)

This evil of this age is powered by the need to be right and be fond righteous through our opinions.  As we become more opinion centered and less “oneness” centered, we get splintered and powerless.  It really doesn’t matter as much if we are actually right or not, just that we think we are and become divided.  Any idol will do to get our focus off the God of Love.

If we can become rigid and use our positions to separate from each other in our pain and wounds, then that alone will keep us powerless and cause us to lose our faith in God. 

Once we realize that it truly is about being the home of God, with intimacy and trust then we can begin to rebuild the fallen tabernacle and restore the ancient ruins that Amos prophesied:

"In that day I will raise up the fallen booth of David, And wall up its breaches; I will also raise up its ruins And rebuild it as in the days of old; That they may possess the remnant of Edom And all the nations who are called by My name," Declares the LORD who does this. "Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "When the plowman will overtake the reaper And the treader of grapes him who sows seed; When the mountains will drip sweet wine And all the hills will be dissolved. "Also I will restore the captivity of My people Israel, And they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them; They will also plant vineyards and drink their wine, And make gardens and eat their fruit. "I will also plant them on their land, And they will not again be rooted out from their land Which I have given them," Says the LORD your God.(Amo 9:11-15)

David’s tabernacle was the dwelling place of the Yes that came through worship and praise, in unity.  It is the place of Psalm 133.  It is the place that is made perfect in the living tabernacle called the Body of Christ.  In order to possess our Edom, and the nations called by His name, we need to lay down our swords.

So Jesus said to Peter, "Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?"(Joh 18:11)

The cup that Yeshua drank in the cross was the cup that could return us to the yes!

Activation: Who do you have aught against?  What is keeping you out of agreement? Let’s release the aught and walk in the light of His Glory!


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