Home Sweet Home

E.T. wanted to phone there, it’s where the heart is, it’s where everyone knows your name, no place feels like it. You know what I am talking about – home. It’s where we feel secure, where we can kick back and relax, where we are accepted and loved; ideally anyway. It’s not necessarily a building with 4 walls either, sometimes it’s a person – that romantic image of that person with whom you can be yourself, that feels like home. It’s what our hearts long for whether we have experienced it, seen it in movies or on the TV or only heard about it and dreamt.

There’s a reason it’s what we long for and that’s cos God wants a home too, a home with us where He and we live together. Adam and Eve had a home in the garden and daily God would come and walk there with them. The result of their sin was being banished from paradise. Cain’s lament was not just that he’d be unable to plant and harvest but that he was sent from God’s presence. He had the yearning to be with God and the thought of not being was more than he could bear.

Jump forward to the Israelites in the wilderness. Moses gets the laws from God so the Israelites know how to please Him and straight away God moves on to giving them the designs for a portable place where He can meet with them and for a holy sanctuary where He can dwell with them. Precise, detailed plans for the people to support, contribute to and follow when He could have just spoken a word and it appeared. He’d done that: made the Universe, the earth, the garden and placed man in it and they’d blown it. This time, He was getting them involved in the making. But they were going to blow it again.

Jump forward to the New Testament. Jesus, God manifest on the earth as a true man and yet somehow still the true God. He’d come to teach us about God and more than that to make it possible for us to have peace with God. This time, He’d come and show us how it should work. How it was possible to live a perfect life. How it was possible to be the person God intended. How to have the relationship with God that we were intended to have. And He would reveal the Father, show the love, the compassion, the mercy, that the Father has for us and the hope, the desire of the Father’s heart.

Jesus:23 Anyone who loves Me will listen to My voice and obey. The Father will love him, and We will draw close to him and make a dwelling place within him.

John 14:23

Make a dwelling place, make our abode, make our home within him. Within me, within you, not a corporate general thing but an intimate one to one thing. God’s not just interested in numbers – though He wants everyone – we don’t get lost in the mass of humanity. This is a personal thing.

Jump forward to the end. A new heaven and a new earth – I don’t understand how that’s going to work but I do know one thing that God will be right where we are.

And I heard a great voice, coming from the throne.

A Voice: See, the home of God is with His people.
    He will live among them;
    They will be His people,
    And God Himself will be with them.

Revelation 21:3

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