Like a tree planted by streams of water

like a tree

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

 

Manna is a prophecy about Jesus

Not all prophecies have words. Many prophecies in the bible are pictorial. I guess God already knew that some of us learn verbally and others learn through pictures.

32 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father

English: bread

English: bread (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. 33 The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 “Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.”

35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

I love the way Jesus makes it so clear in just a few words. “This bread called manna was a picture of me. I give life and fulfilment”

How does this affect the way we see things? I guess however deep we feel we have wandered in the wilderness, however hot the sun on our backs, however few the home comforts seem to be there is one who has come down from heaven to give us sustenance. If we feed on him we will never be hungry for things in this life again. Our appetite will be for heavenly bread and heavenly water.

The Son sees the Father face to face

And the Father who sent me has testified about me himself. You have never heard his voice or seen him face to face’ John 5:3 (NLT)

In this passage Jesus is talking about His relationship with the Father. Jesus talks about how the Father shows the Son everything He is doing, gives His Son authority to judge and the Father will show His Son how to do greater works than heal a man. He speaks about the testimony of the Father’s approval that goes with Jesus – His word and His miracles. Then at the culmination of the passage about intimacy with His Father Jesus speaks about hearing His Father’s voice and seeing Him face to face.

I was touched by this passage as I heard Jesus talking about His dad. He is trying to express intimate and private things to a group who do have no trust in Him. The height of His relationship and the thing so special to the Son was hearing His Father’s voice and seeing His face.

We have been adopted into God’s family. We have the privilege of being called His sons and heirs. We are to be shown our Father’s business, we are called to judge and do mightier miracles than heal a man. Yet in all this revelation, authority and power the thing that should grab our heart is not the wisdom, miracles and manifestations. The thing we can

Mother and Child watching each other

Mother and Child watching each other (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

hold most dear above all else is the fact that we can hear our Father’s voice and see Him face to face. This is the most wonderful thing of all.

Flow of heaven

Flow

Flow (Photo credit: Yogendra174)

We have already discussed that heaven is just like God’s home. It is where his fullness of character can be seen unhindered. It is where His will is carried out perfectly without glitches or resistance.

There are authors like R.F. Delderfield who in their writings focus on a community over a space of time. In his great story telling style Delderfield writes about “The Dreaming Suburb” and how it became an avenue going off to war. Whenever you walk into the avenue in the stories something is happening, something has changed. Where there are people there is life and activity. There is a flow of  life in each home that progresses over time. How much so God’s house – where He is there is a flow of life and activity.

In a home this flow of life brings with it a  flow of people and their roles of activity. A mum flows from being a nurse, teacher, cook, cleaner, carer, lover, painter, taxi, etc It all depends what the needs are in the home to how she responds in love. So God the Father flows in his house becomes a teacher, counselor  healer, proclaimer, protector, judge, restorer etc.

Each time we meet with God to be intimate with him He might come to us in a different role. It is an expression of His flow of life in love, depending of what the needs are. He may be our protector and then our teacher. If we come to God expecting to be protected again and again, we may be surprised that God might not protect us from a specific situation that we actually need to be taught wisdom in situation instead. Let God be God and let us respond with Him in the flow of life.

Flow of the presence

Moses and the people of God moved from place to place. They followed the pillar of fire

Whirl-fire

Whirl-fire (Photo credit: Loving Earth)

and the pillar of cloud in order to follow God. He is not static. He is always moving. Even before creation we find Him hovering over everything and moving around. He is always on the go.

Lets have a look at some of the movement in heaven.

9 and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.

24 When the creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings, like the roar of rushing waters, like the voice of the Almighty, like the tumult of an army. When they stood still, they lowered their wings. Ezekiel 1

In heaven there is movement of momentum. A movement of unity. Those heavenly beings are moving together in unison to fulfill the purpose of God. His plan is coming to fruition and everyday it comes nearer. This oneness of heart requires no obvious leader of a creature for all are flowing so closely with the winds of the Spirit that they flow together. This army under its commander works completely differently than any army seen before.

God’s Spirit is like the wind and like rushing waters, flowing and accomplishing what it desires. God’s word is being spoken and never returns empty. The Father is forever giving out gifts to his children and creating new things. Jesus is forever interceding for us. The angels go to and fro with God’s bidding. The saints are falling in worship and the great cloud of witnesses are cheering us on. Heaven is not a static place. It is full of life.

I used to feel that when I worshiped and then came back the next day I could start where I left off. It was as if heaven had almost stood still waiting for me to come back. I guess it is a little like magic toys that can only come to life when I came to play. Heaven is not going to stop whilst I disengage myself for a while – the movement continues. Each day we move closer to Jesus’ return than the next so every day will never be like the one before. I think perhaps heaven is more like the song in Pocahontas (click here to listen to it). She describes the sensation of stepping into a river. You never step in the same river twice because when you step into it again the water you first stepped into has now passed down stream and fresh water has now taken its place.

When we come to worship God and partake in heaven we need to approach it with an active spirit ready to assimilate ourselves into what is going on in heaven. It is a stance of action, purpose and unity. What an exciting place! What a privilege!