People marvel at what makes a Frank Lloyd Wright home so special.
Even more interesting is to consider what kind
of construction and furnishings
the Master Architects like.
God gave Moses a detailed pattern to build
for His sanctuary to dwell among them (Ex. 25:8-9).
Heb. 8:5 says it was a “copy and shadow
of the heavenly things.”
Who can blame Him for wanting His earthly digs to make Him feel right at home!
The real interest here is that God is not really after physical buildings. He is reproducing Himself, creating sons and daughters for Himself and brothers and sisters for His Son.
We are His temple—The Father and Jesus live in us through Their Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16). Our Master Architect has a signature style—a “Way” of life (Acts 9:2). God gives us very precise instructions in His Bible for building His temples. And just as God told Moses “just so you shall make it” (Ex. 25:9), that applies to us even more.
For His landscaping
God told the first humans that they needed to take utmost care to follow only two instructions: eat of the Tree of Life and not eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He didn’t give them the right to decide right and wrong—only whether to choose right from wrong and serve as God’s models for future development of man.
For us today, the Tree of Life represents God’s Holy Spirit, and the other tree Satan’s counterfeit way of living which can have some good and rare times even almost all good, but the net result is evil if he can get us off blueprint in even one small spec.
Driveway & entrance
If we follow God’s approach, we must “enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matt. 7:13-14). Nobody can come unless the Father draws them and reveals the hidden entrance (John 6:44).
Others think they’ve arrived and are never going to leave but find themselves jostling with crowds, lost in a maze, and wind up off the property.
No matter the spiritual issue, we really should ask ourselves: If what I believe is the common belief, does it sound like I’m on the narrow path that few find?
Jesus is the door and we must enter by Him (John 10:9). Trouble is, Paul warned, the gospel of Christ most people hear is a “perverted” one (Gal. 1:7). People decide for themselves what would Jesus do instead of diligently studying what did Jesus do.
A wise person will build his house upon the rock—Jesus Christ. How? By hearing Jesus’ sayings and doing them! (Matt. 7:24-27).
God told Moses to build with only materials like pure gold, silver, precious stones, acacia wood and fine linens. Paul exhorted Christians to build on the foundation of Christ with “gold, silver, precious stones, wood” rather than “hay and straw. Each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is” (vs. 12-13). Like a blacksmith, deciding how to temper the steel and remove all impurities, knows he’s done when he can see his image in it, the Father wants to see the express image of His Son (Heb. 1:3).
Insulation and pillars
With God’s temples, we are to keep ourselves unspotted from the world (James 1:27), coming out of all the spiritual confusion (Rev. 18:4). That gets harder with each passing day that Babylon rebuilds for the end-time finale. Yet the Master Architect explains that He isn’t trying to take us out of the world (John 17:15) but, rather, have us serve as His ambassadors in it (2 Cor. 5:20). His temples must also serve as His embassies!
Yes, Frank Lloyd Wright homes are special.
But no architect can compare with God the Father and the Word who created the heavens and the earth! The Word became Jesus Christ and He says to walk just as He walked (1 Jn. 2:4).
When it came to the tabernacle, and Moses inspected the work, “indeed they had done it; as the Lord had commanded, just so they had done it” (Ex. 39:43).
We can be part of His Parade of Homes when at the seventh trumpet He changes our physical temples into His glorious spiritual children who will serve as pillars in His kingdom temple (Rev. 3:12).
So, just so let’s do it!