Journeys and Destinations

“For the gate of the court there shall be a screen twenty cubits long, woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, made by a weaver.  It shall have four pillars and four sockets, Exodus 27:16. (NKJV and throughout)
The hangings for one side of the gate were fifteen cubits, with their three pillars and their three sockets, and the same for the other side of the court gate; on this side and that were hangings of fifteen cubits, with their three pillars and their three sockets. … The screen of the gate of the court was woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and of fine woven linen.  The length was twenty cubits, and the height along its width was five cubits, corresponding to the hangings of the court.  And there were four pillars with their four sockets of bronze; their hooks were silver, and the overlay of their capitals and their bands was silver,  Exodus 38:14, 15, 18, 19.

Our last posts dealt with the fact that there was a barrier between the Israelite and his God as symbolized by the tabernacle:  a fence of pure white linen, supported by bronze posts which sat in bronze sockets.  On one side only, Exodus 38:13-15, 18, 19, was there an entrance into the court of the tabernacle.  Five verses cover its description.

This post will be sort of a tangent, not directly about the gate itself, but about travel and access.  The Israelite had to “travel,” so to speak, from his tent to the entrance.  Our Lord had a lot to say about such things Himself, although His concern wasn’t so much about getting from here to there geographically.  The tabernacle was a place of access to God.  Jesus’ emphasis was on that:  how do we get to God?

He answers in Matthew 7:

“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,” vs. 13, 14.

Then He warned,

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My father in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’  And I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ vs. 21-23.

Then He concluded:

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:  and the rains descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who build his house on the sand:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell.  And great was its fall,” vs. 24-27.

No wonder those who heard Him were astonished at His teaching, v. 28.  No mere scribe would have dreamed of asserting his own authority like our Lord did.

That’s not the only time our Lord asserted His authority.

In John 14, our Lord is preparing His disciples for His eventual departure in order to get a place ready where they will never be separated again.  He also told them they knew how to get there, vs. 2-4.  Thomas basically replied, “No, we don’t,” v. 5.  Thomas sometimes gets a bad rap, but we have some precious truths because of him.  Here, in our Lord’s reply, is one of them.  He said,

“I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me,” v. 6.

Common views in our day are that “all roads lead to heaven.”  “It doesn’t matter what you believe.”  “We all serve the same God.”  We’re all about “inclusiveness” and “diversity,” but the more we’re “for,” the less we seem to have of it.  I’m very afraid that those who believe these common views will discover when it is too late that the road for them is not one they want.  They have denied or rejected the road that would take them where they want to go, and are traveling the road that will lead them to destruction.  They reject the Lord Jesus, who, according to the original text, said,

“Ego eimi ho hodos….”

We printed the text (in English!) to make a point.

“Ego” is “I.”  “Eimi” is “I am.”  “ho hodos” is “the way.”

He could simply have said, “Eimi ho hodos,” and He would still have said, “I am the way.”

So why did He say it the way He did.

He was making a point.

Ha was emphasizing a truth few want to accept in this day;  there’s only one way into heaven.  He also said, “No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  Not through Mary.  Not through “the saints.”  Not through the church or baptism or communion or a hundred other things.  There are not many road leading the heaven; Jesus said, “I am the way.”

This is why He prophesied, “There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth,” Matthew 8:12. The phrase, “gnashing of teeth,” occurs five times in Matthew.  The “wailing” perhaps will be those who have listed to false messages; the “gnashing of teeth” perhaps those who have delivered them.  Not everything in “church” is of God.

Oh, listen!  When you, and I, stand before God, will we hear, “Well done,” or will we hear, “Depart from Me,” Matthew 7:23.

It’s an eternally serious question too few people even think about.

There’s only One who can bring us into heaven:  the Lord Jesus.

Do you know Him, or, more importantly, does He know you?

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved,”

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