Reprint: January 19, 2024
We are really taking a different approach today to understanding
the Tabernacle of David and the nature or praise and worship. You may even think I’ve gone off the deep end
at first, but that’s OK. Bear with me
while I lay some foundations.
will remember how we’ve talked about Lucifer and his original creation as
worship leader in Heaven and how he was created to surround the Throne of God
with worship. The concept of
“surrounding” comes into play with where I want to go today, and why that was
order for me to explain this, we need to revisit the original creation of Eve
for Adam. First, let’s look at Adam and
Eve’s original purpose: dominion!
Genesis 1:26-28: And God said,
Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion
over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle,
and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God
created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto
them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and
have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over
every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
brings us now to Eve as the counterpart and “other self” for Adam.
Genesis 2:18-24: And the LORD
God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him
an help meet for him. And out
of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of
the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and
whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
And Adam gave names to all
cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for
Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he
slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had
taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone
of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was
taken out of Man. Therefore
shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife:
and they shall be one flesh. And
they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
way this gets translated in our English versions really misses it. First, consider two Hebrew words, ‘ish, and ‘ishah.
word, ‘ish, literally translated, is man. This word, however, is the term that is
applied to “husband.”
the other hand, ‘ishah would be the term for woman. As you might imagine, this is also the term
as long as I can remember, I have heard the term “helpmeet” applied to Eve’s
creation for Adam. That’s sad. First of all, there is no such thing in the
Hebrew as “helpmeet.” That waters down
the whole concept of a woman’s creation, and specifically, a wife. There are two distinct words in the Hebrew
text to describe just how significant Eve’s creation was.
first is the word, ‘ezer. This word gets
translated as “help” but it is much more than that. It means: to aid, to sustain, to
surround, to protect. We’ll come back to this momentarily.
second word is, neged. While one of
the meanings of this word is “counterpart” or “other self,” it goes well beyond
that. Neged is used as a
military term. It represents: a
front, a defense, over against, before. In
other words, this is someone who will be your defense, someone who will die
for you if necessary, someone who opposes your enemies, someone who provides
every kind of assistance necessary. In
another sense, this is someone who will become the praise of your existence.
can illustrate this from Proverbs 31.
Notice how this begins.
Proverbs 31:10-31: Who can find a
virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely
trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all
the days of her life.
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her
hands. She is like the merchants’
ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth
also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth
her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth
that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
She layeth her hands to the spindle,
and her hands hold the distaff. She
stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her
household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is
silk and purple. Her husband
is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh
fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall
rejoice in time to come. She
openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
She looketh well to the ways
of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her
blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them
all. Favour is
deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth
the LORD, she shall be praised. Give
her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
said to notice how this passage begins: Who can find a
again, we have an translation in our English versions that — while OK — really
hides what Holy Spirit is communication.
Here is a word in Hebrew which parallels the term, neged. In this instance, the Hebrew word translated,
“virtuous,” is chayil!
almost need a separate study to look at all of the meanings of this word, but
it clearly demonstrates all the attributes of the “virtuous woman.” Watch!
Chayil means: force,
army, wealth, resources, virtue, valor, strength, band of soldiers, forces,
goods, hosts, might, power, riches, substance, valor, worthy, efficiency,
you beginning to get the picture? Are
you beginning to see how Eve was created for Adam? Do you now understand ‘ezer and neged and the true
nature of the Bride?
we read where God said, “I will make him an help meet for him,” a far better
translation would have been, “I will make him a counterpart,
fitted and equipped for him.”
wheels are turning in your head!
(grin) I can see it now! What in the world does all this have to do
with the Tabernacle of David? What does
all this have to do with praise and worship?
go back to the picture of Lucifer in Heaven, and how he was created to surround
the Throne of God with praise, glory and worship.
did God want the Throne surrounded in the first place? Why worship?
praise and worship are what we see described in the virtuous woman. God was surrounding himself with beauty, with
force, with unimaginable glory, with utter perfection. That praise and worship would go forth from
the Throne as His military might.
Remember! It wasn’t just Lucifer,
the “morning star,” the illuminated one.
It was the angelic hosts that accompanied him in this chorus of worship.
consider this. When Lucifer corrupted
that praise and worship and became so elevated in his own mind that he thought
he could replace God on the Throne, he was thrown out of Heaven, along with
those angels that accompanied him and became joined in agreement.
wasn’t about to eliminate that presence around the Throne! He decided instead to have for Himself a
people just like Him — a people who would also replace Lucifer as that force of
praise and worship surrounding the Throne.
His heart’s desire was for a people who would become a force of love, a
force of strength, a source and resource of creative sound — that same kind of
sound that came forth when He uttered the first words of Creation.
what God said of David?
Acts 13:22: And when he had
removed him (Saul), he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also
he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a
man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
saw into the very heart of the Lord. His
heart’s desire was to accomplish that desire of the Lord for a people who would
become His family, a people who would replace Lucifer, a people who would
become that surrounding force of praise and worship around the Throne. When David sat on the hillsides, tending the
sheep, playing on his harp and praising and worshiping the Lord, God saw the
heart of David. David had a vision of
the heart of the Lord. It permeated his
being. It consumed him. A determination gripped him to the place
where he knew that if the day ever came when it would be possible, he was
somehow going to fulfil the heart’s desire of the Lord for praise and worship.
get back to the understanding of how and why we have all been created. First, consider what God did (on an interim
basis?) to replace Lucifer as that force of praise and worship.
Revelation 4: After this I looked,
and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I
heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up
hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter.
And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was
set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a
jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the
throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were
four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting,
clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and
voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne,
which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a
sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about
the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a
lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a
man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him;
and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night,
saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the
throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the
throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns
before the throne, saying, Thou
art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast
created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
didn’t leave Himself without that surrounding force of praise and worship when
Lucifer was cast out of Heaven. He
surrounded the Throne with four unusual beings, as well as the twenty-four
the way, the translation of the word, zoon (which comes from zao) as “beast” gives
a wrong impression. The use of the word,
beast, could give one a mental image of some kind of monster. Rather, this could and should be translated
as “being” — or “living being.” They
were not humans, but they were living beings of unusual character and
appearance. They represented the
military force in the midst of the praise and worship.
11th verse of Revelation 4 makes the statement, for Thou hast
[things — this word does not exist in the Greek text], and
for thy pleasure they are and were created.
beings were created to bring that pleasure to God in the absence of Lucifer,
but by the same token, we were created for His pleasure. David saw that. Remember, the Lord said of David that he
would fulfil all His will. That’s the
same word in the Greek text: thelema. It represents: desire, purpose,
design, pleasure, determination, inclination.
were created for the express purpose of bringing delight and pleasure to the
Lord. Of course we were to be His
family. We were created in His likeness
and image. But we were created to bring
the kind of praise and worship that only He could develop within us.
is where we need to leave it for today.
We will continue this picture next week.
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