Psalms 23:6b And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
I believe this is an Old Testament reference to David saying he would be with the Lord forever in His house.
Warren Wiersbe said “As David looked ahead he knew he would be in heaven—the Father’s house—forever. This isn’t a reference to the temple, because the king didn’t live in the temple. Furthermore, nobody could live there or anywhere else on earth* forever. Jesus used this vocabulary to speak about heaven “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places;” [A]. The things that perplex and disturb us today will all be clear when we get to heaven.
We will look back and see “only goodness and lovingkindness.” Under the old covenant, the sheep died for the shepherd on the altar*, but under the new covenant, the Shepherd died for the sheep—and “we shall meet our Shepherd in heaven!” [B] .” [*my words added.]
I wonder if Jesus is continuing the reference to the Fathers house in Revelation “16 The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal.” [C] This city is large enough for 27 billion people to have a 1/2 mile cube each or for 216 billion people a 1/4 mile cube each. Plenty of room for a mansion.
Job in the Old Testament also saw a time in the future when “26 Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God; 27 Whom I myself shall behold, And whom my eyes will see and not another. [D]
In the New Testament Paul spoke of being “absent from the body and at home with the Lord” [ 2 Corinthians 5:8 ] when we die and at the rapture ” 16c the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord” [E]
John said our resurrection body at the rapture would be like the resurrection body of Jesus “Beloved, now we are children of God, and… We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, ” [F] and
Paul said “ 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”[G]
For ICR’s devotional 9/20/2017 “The House of the Lord” click here.
What a happy eternity to be present with Jesus forever when this life is over on earth. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain;” [ Revelation 21:4 ]
Henry Luke 8/30/2017; Revised 9/20/2017
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