and the Levites who were the singers, all those of Asaph and Heman and Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, stood at the east end of the altar, clothed in white linen, having cymbals, stringed instruments, and harps, and with them one hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets–indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God. (2Ch 5:12-14 NKJ)
Following on from yesterday, to recap. God’s plan for Adam was to worship in God’s creation temple as priests unto the Lord and then to minister to creation itself, caring and protecting. Adam walked out of the garden, having decided to make the Tree (knowledge) a point of idolatry. Man chose godlessness which led to injustice and sin.
In the Book of Revelation, we’re back in God’s garden temple, God having reconciled all things to himself. Just like Chronicles, as we enter into worship, the Jew, the Muslim and the Christian, each bringing their own particular distinctiveness and yet all saying the same thing. Chronicles says, “indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever.” When we come as one the shekinah glory will fall as God, and God alone becomes the center of worship.
In the meantime, as a Christian, I am pledging to function as a royal priesthood, worshiping God and ministering and speaking words of reconciliation. Bringing the Kingdom of God down on the earth, looking forward, not to heaven, but God’s reconciled earth.
The Birth of Christ was the start. There was more to come, and there is still more to come. Have a blessed Christmas and may there be peace on earth in 2017