The Value of a Sanctuary Rests at the End of the Story

Jersualem walls
The remains of what Jerusalem believed was the walls of their sanctuary status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Value of a Sanctuary Rests at the End of the Story!

“In a surge of anger I hid My face from you for a moment, but I will have compassion on you with an everlasting love,” says the LORD your Redeemer. “For this is like the days of Noah to Me: when I swore that the waters of Noah would never flood the earth again, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you or rebuke you. Though the mountains move and the hills shake, My love will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” says your compassionate LORD. “Poor Jerusalem, storm-tossed, and not comforted, I will set your stones in black mortar, and lay your foundations in sapphires. I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling stones, and all your walls of precious stones. Then all your children will be taught by the LORD, their prosperity will be great, and you will be established in righteousness. You will be far from oppression, and you will certainly not be afraid; you will be far from terror, it will certainly not come near you. Isaiah 54:8-14 (HCSB)

In the Book of Revelation, Chapter 21, a parallel passage echoed God’s declaration about Jerusalem as a sanctuary city.

The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone; the first foundation jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. The 12 gates are 12 pearls; each gate made of a single pearl. The broad street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. I did not see a sanctuary in it because the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its sanctuary. These words are a direct reflection of the Lord’s promise to God’s chosen people who were witnesses to Jerusalem’s downfall and demise during the Great Exile.

However, what seems to be the point? Is it that what the people took the greatest pride in – their gold and precious stones – will be nothing more than building materials in their new city? And, the point of the new vision is this: the most valuable thing will be who not what is in the center of the city. The Lord will reign there and shed His light (a metaphor for the revelation of wisdom and truth).

Where do you place your value in life? What do you invest your time and energy to gain? Your retirement portfolio can be the envy of your peers, but what good is your portfolio when your days come to an end. Unlike Disney and Universal Studios where fantasies come true, there is a cost to get in. God’s sanctuary city requires only a smile to affirm your faith in God’s grace to enter.

What is the focus of your life? What relationship is more important to you, financial or spiritual? Remember, Jesus declared that you cannot serve God and money equally? One will influence your interest in the other.

Coach

Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you also may be. You know the way where I am going.” “Lord,” Thomas said, “we don’t know where You’re going. How can we know the way?” Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:1-6 (HCSB)

NOTE: I believe Jesus was speaking about the ultimate sanctuary when he mentioned preparing dwelling places in my Father’s house. Sanctuary is God’s gift affirmed by Jesus, found by following his example.

 

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Coach

Retired, writing contemporary mystery series, Shiloh Saga. The first story is titled, “Jessie’s Story”.

One thought on “The Value of a Sanctuary Rests at the End of the Story”

  1. Shared from a longtime online friend…This is so well written coach, and the truth of it is astounding. In my own faith, I see this as why Seminaries which served hundreds have realized that the one who separates themselves is serving a master within themselves. We must get away from shutting others out since our relationships and friendships are what God has given to us. At no point did Christ order the Apostles to go out into the world and to be alone–His words were, “Go ye and preach the gospels every one of you.” “What you do unto another, “You have also done unto me.” We are a lonely people, and I see the need to awaken and to know that we all have jobs to me. Sanctuary is a remarkable word, for when we know of a Sanctuary, then it is hopefully a place where protection is given, and all is shared–The nets are overflowing in the Sanctuary of the fishermen is the boat of miracles when Jesus shared the miracle of walking upon the waters. I love your book’s title of, “Sanctuary,”.– i hid behind my own fear, and I know that a merciful Father helped me through getting, “Pinkhoneysuckle,” to tell the sisters of my past that fear was keeping me and them from standing up and saying that lack of humility has been inflicted up on us as shame. We protected other’s from having to admit they sacrificed women and girls from moving in to the Sanctuary and shelter all for the sake of appearances. You inspire us to reach in, to humble our hearts and in that open Sanctuary where all are welcome no one must stand alone. Pure and lovely; Here us Almighty God, and from our sealed lips–Let us climb up and never fear those who shame us from their false towers of confidence.

    Gracious love be your guide.

    Your book will whisper love in so many ways

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