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God's Words Becoming Flesh
God spoke to Moses that He would love to dwell among the people of Israel as they journeyed in the wilderness. The book of Exodus 25 has it thus:
‘And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.’
The Israelites made the sanctuary with the various articles and called it the Tabernacle. This movable Tent was always with the Camp of Israel throughout their sojourn in the wilderness.
When they finally arrived at the Promised Land, God chose Shiloh (from the tribe of Ephraim) as the place where they should pitch the tent. For a long time everybody in Israel must congregate at Shiloh for a holy convocation. This continued until abominations of the people of Israel made God to change His mind about Shiloh.
Before long the Tabernacle and the Ark were placed in Jerusalem, during the time of David. Shiloh was History, God will never return to that place of spiritual contempt. Those that fail to learn from history are doom to repeat it. This was the testimony of the people of Jerusalem; they did much more evils that the people at Shiloh. Hear what God says:
Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD. But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel. And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the LORD, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not; Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. – Jeremiah 7:11 – 14
It was a repeated disobedience from one generation to another.
However, in spite of this situation, God still desire to dwell among His people. Therefore, at the peak of this continuous chaotic rebellion, God abolished the constructed Tabernacle made with hands, turned His word into flesh in the personality of Jesus Christ – a new Tabernacle not made with hands. John beloved really gave the picture thus:
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. – John 1:14
As God has desired in Exodus, He accomplished in Jesus Christ, by making His word to become flesh and dwell among us. Apostle John explained to us that the Word was God (John1:1), therefore when we house the Word, we house God. This was the exact way by which Jesus house God in Himself. The scriptures were not only engrafted in His Spirit and Soul, but also in His flesh.
At twelve, Jesus was found in the Temple talking with the elders about the written words. At 30, He answered the Devil with that which is written, quoting his answers from the book of Deuteronomy. On the Cross, with the inexpressible excruciating pains coupled with mental torture, Jesus was still quoting the scriptures from the book of Psalms. For Jesus, God’s word had become His flesh. No doubt, with Jesus around in His days, God’s
Tabernacle was well around and dwells among them.
One important point to note is that those Jewish people treated Jesus in the same way they had treated the Tabernacle – with contempt!
When we eat any food item, we first masticate the item with our teeth, mixed thoroughly with saliva (that has an enzyme called ptyalin) to commence digestion. At the end, the item is converted to glucose that can then flow through the blood stream and release energy to all parts of the body. So in the natural, the food becomes flesh (muscles).
As good as food is to our body, God does not see it as being more important than His word. Jesus declared:
"It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God's mouth." – Matthew 4:4 (MSG)
Truly the word of God gives us live, food only sustain the given life. Jesus once enlightened us that live is more important than food, and the body is more important than cloth (Luke 12:23).
Moses warned the Children of Israel to take heed not to toy with the word of God. He told them that God is their life and their length of days; He comes to them in the capsules of His word.
‘That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.’ – Deuteronomy 30:20
With this understanding, Job declared that the invasion of boils all over his body can not kill him, because the Word of God had become his flesh. Hear Job’s testimony:
‘Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food’
- Job 23:12
In the midst of a strong opposition from the rebellious house of Israel, Jeremiah searched and found the word of God, in the shortage of food, he ate the found word and he lived. He soon became a living Tabernacle for his generation. The king and the people consulted him for the word of God!
‘Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.’ – Jeremiah 15:16
The story was not different for Ezekiel; God gave him the scroll to eat before sending him on a ministry. Hear what Ezekiel says;
‘But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. And when I looked, behold, a hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein.’ – Ezekiel 2: 8 - 10
If we fail to pump in the word of God into our flesh and focus only on food, we have no life in us. This might sound stupid, but it is the truth. Jesus again confirmed this as written in the gospel.
‘The Spirit can make life. Sheer muscle and willpower don't make anything happen. Every word I've spoken to you is a Spirit-word, and so it is life-making.’ – John 6:63 (MSG)
The Holy Spirit is overwhelming God’s people, a little here, a little there, His word is becoming flesh: These ones are not teaching the truth, they are living the truth!
Preparing the Bride,