~ 5 Inter-Related Dwellings in Scripture ~
House of Bondage ~ “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 7:6-8). “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end—then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth’” (Deuteronomy 8:11-17).
House of Salvation ~ “And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. … Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. … And it shall be, when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ that you shall say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice of the Lord, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households’” (Exodus 12:7, 13, 26-27).
House of Instruction ~ “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up’” … You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7, 11:19).
House of Communion ~ “He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love” (Song of Solomon 2:4). “Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
they will still be praising You” (Psalm 84:4).
House of Reunion ~ Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know” (John 14:1-4). “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1).
Summary ~ Because of The Fall in the Garden of Eden we were all in the house of bondage. Because of the death of Jesus Christ we may choose to enter the house of salvation. Having received salvation the normal growth pattern is to enter the house of instruction, which leads to greater enjoyment in the house of communion. In a future day those who have received The Messiah as their Savior will live forever in the house of reunion. Praise God for His abundant blessings which He has showered up on mankind.
Comment ~ Abundant Life Now also posted, “10 Houses” (The “House of the Lord” in the Psalms), on January 30, 2014.
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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