Feast of Dedication
John 10:22 "It was The Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. Jesus walked in the Temple, in Solomon's Porch. Solomon! So mightily gifted of the Lord that his wisdom and the glory of his Kingdom influenced the then-known world.
1 Kings 4:32-34 He spoke 3000 proverbs, his songs were one thousand and five. He spoke of trees, from the cedar of Lebanon to the Hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke of animals, birds, creeping things and of fish. Men of all nations, from all the Kings of the earth, who heard of his wisdom came to hear it.
The Hebrew cannot greet you with, "Shalom" without referring to "Solomon". The Arab cannot welcome you with, "Salaam" without referring to Solomon.
Solomon means peaceful. His name is cognate with completeness. The meaning of Solomon's name; the temporary short-lived peace and glory of his kingdom; the glory of the Temple he built; point to Another.
Isaiah 9:6 prophesied:
Peace is the offspring of completeness. You can only have peace when you are fulfilled in the Prince of Peace. This State of Rest is reserved for the Children of God.
Col. 2:9 "For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power." There are no divisions or strife in Christ. There are no demons in Christ. There are no diseases in Christ. "But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God--and righteousness and sanctification and redemption." "Christ in you the hope of glory."
Solomon! The builder of the House of Jehovah. In the Days of the glory of his Kingdom, the Ark of the Covenant had been moved from the Tabernacle of David to it's resting place in the Holy of Holies of the finished Temple. Jehovah sanctioned all these symbols with His manifest Glory. So great was His Presence, the Priests could not stand to fulfill their calling.
The Old Testament bears witness: the Lord is The Master Designer of Symbols and He always ratified His Symbols. They were precise and any alteration by man was forbidden. The symbolic Mount Zion, the Divinely ordained Temple of dead stones put together with men's hands, pointed to The Heavenly Zion and a Temple made of Lively Stones whose builder and maker is God.
The Prophet, Amos 9:11-12, prophesied: "On that day, I will raise up the Tabernacle of David which has fallen down."
The Prophet, Isaiah 16:5, prophesied: "In mercy the throne will be established; And One will sit on it in truth, in the Tabernacle of David."
Acts 15: 14-16 declares the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and upon the Gentile House of Cornelius, to be the fulfillment of the Prophets. With this the words of the prophets agree, just as it has been written: "After this I will return and rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen down"
In all the events before the Day of Pentecost, Jesus was in the process of closing down the symbolic by fulfillment. His mission was according to schedule and His work was flawless. Today, He is seated upon His Throne at the Right Hand of the Father.
Jesus was present at the Feasts not as a participant, but as a fulfiller of what He originally designed to be fulfilled. He was not present as a Priest, His Priesthood is not earthly--it is eternal. He attended The Feast of Tabernacles to make a Prophetic statement.
On the 8th day (number of new beginnings), the last day of the feast, where precise rituals had taken place while libations of water were poured out, Jesus announces the end of symbolic rituals in words never uttered by a Man. He cried out, shattering the activity with the Word of God--His Word: "If ANYONE thirst, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow Rivers of Living Waters." This He spoke concerning the Spirit whom those believing in Him would receive.
On this day Jesus is in the midst of another Feast--"The Feast of Dedication."
"Jesus walked in Solomon's Porch."
Dedication (declaration) is the act of devoting a person, place or thing to holy use. Dedication ( or Lights ) was a time of rejoicing, celebrating the historical purging of the Temple defiled by Antiochus Ephiphanes, who offered swine upon its altar.
While Jesus walked in Solomon's Porch, priests, functionaries and people celebrated the historical cleansing of the temple while rejoicing in a current defiled temple. It is significant that present-day Jews celebrate Hanukkah or Lights: the dedication of a Temple no longer in existence. Simultaneously, Christendom celebrates an annual, highly- commercialized, feast day called Christmas; celebrating the birth of Jesus in the year, in a month and on a day in which He was not born.
Solomon's Porch was the only Remnant left of the original temple built by Solomon. It was the Remnant of a temple designed by Jehovah. The Lord being a Master Symbol maker, was precise in His blue-printed dimensions to be fulfilled in the future Spiritual House.
Now, this was Herod's Temple, called "the temple beautiful." In front of the Holy Place hung an exquisite Babylonian curtain. This temple was a re-designed version, with altered dimensions. The Ark of the Covenant and the Glory had long ago since departed.
Jesus deliberately chose the Porch for His walk because Solomon's Porch was an extension of the original, embracing and symbolizing everything it represented.
Our Father has a unique method of perpetuating and extending His Covenants in a Remnant.
In the very environs of Herod's altered version of the temple, the Remnant Porch and it's silent stones were a vivid reminder of, and loudly proclaimed, the authentic original pattern that would be fulfilled on this very site during the Feast of Pentecost.
This Remnant of the original temple symbolizes the manner in which the Lord extends and perpetuates His Covenant in a Remnant people. Because of the unbelief of an entire generation, the Abrahamic Covenant was perpetuated and became resident in Two Witnesses: Joshua and Caleb, the Children of Faith. Gal. 3:7 "only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham."
Because of jealousy and envy Joseph's brothers sought to kill him, and finally sold him into slavery. They did not understand that the realization of the Abrahamic Covenant and the extension and preservation of Jacob's possessions into a place of refuge, were totally resident in Joseph and the fulfillment of his vision dream.
Likewise, Solomon's Porch was an extension of the original temple. This Remnant Porch, represented everything the original symbolized.
Solomon's porch was preserved to be the site where the Tabernacle of David would be raised up. The site where the temporal symbolic temple would, forever, be declared obsolete. The shadow would make way for the substance, the Spiritual House built up of lively stones. 1 Peter 2:5
In the temptation Jesus was carried to the pinnacle of the temple above Solomon's porch, and enticed to test the Father and commit suicide on dead, static stones.
Many today are preoccupied with, and are committing spiritual suicide on, dead artifacts. Shadows have no substance and symbols were created to self-destruct in fulfillment. You will never find fulfillment in shrines or dead symbols. You will never experience holiness by walking on, so called, holy real estate.
However, "When He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth."
Col. 3:1 "If you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the Right Hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." Jesus is the Substance! Your Citizenship is in Heaven.
Like a preserved Remnant, Solomon's Porch made a prophetic statement.
It was the Feast of Dedication and Jesus, the Author and Finisher of Faith, walked in the Porch. This was no casual walk, nor was Jesus walking to keep warm; He had higher things in mind.
While the temple functionaries celebrated cleansing and purging in a defiled temple, Jesus was dedicating the Remnant Porch for the Promise of the Father: the mighty Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire. Here the Remnant, according to the election of grace, would obtain what Israel sought and did not obtain. Romans 11:4-7
Jesus is deliberately treading back and forth on the Remnant Solomon's Porch. This walk calls to mind, Deut. 11:24 "Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours." Jesus is fulfilling every nuance of meaning in the Hebrew word, "treading or walking." This word means, "to string a bow by treading on it in bending." It means, "to guide, to lead and to thresh."
Here, on this site, when The Day of Pentecost would fully come, He will thoroughly purge His floor with the chaff-consuming Baptism of Fire.
Here, He will begin threshing a Remnant out of Israel.
Here, He will guide through the Holy Spirit,
Here, He will string His bow.
Here, He will begin the New Creation Temple--the New Jerusalem, His Bride.
Here, on this Remnant extension of the original temple on the Rock of Temple Mount, He will begin to build His Redeemed Church on the Eternal Rock, His own Person.
Here, the Master Teacher, the Holy Spirit will come to teach and guide His Elect.
His walk in the Porch was pointing to the teaching He gave in conjunction with the Porch. The essence of that teaching is: "I am the good shepherd and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice: and there will be one flock and one shepherd." ('they will hear My voice'.)
The Gentiles at the House of Cornelius, Acts 10. Peter the messenger said in Acts 11:17, "If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?" Thus fulfilling the purpose of God, in the two elements needed (Jew and Gentile) to create the new compound, the one New Man from the two ( Eph. 2:15): The New Creation Spiritual Temple, not a perpetuation of the earthly temporal. The fulfillment of the symbol does not extend the symbol, it abolishes it. The Church, the Remnant in any generation, is not a re-manufactured Judeo-Christianity. It is Jew and Gentile, re-born into the New Creation Christ Jesus by resurrection. Everything else died at the Cross.
New as to time and quality. "If any man be in Christ He is a New Creation."
Standard of qualification. "New Creation; New wine; New Bottle."
Method of Creation: Order out of Chaos through "the Promise of the Father."
Foundation of the Promise: Jesus and His blood of the New Covenant, wherein all covenants and promises consummate.
Earthly Zion, earthly temple, earthly priesthood, earthly nation, earthly people; "All finished."
Symbols, shadows, fossils, museum pieces to be displayed, in the timeless, infinite Kingdom of Heaven as artifacts of finite antiquity.
1 Peter 2:5 "You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Christ Jesus."
Rev. 21 "Then, I John, saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride for her Husband."
Eph. 2:6 He raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. ( present tense)
1 John 2:28 "Abide in Him, that when He appears we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His Coming." This is the day of His appearing, preparing us for His Coming. The consummation of the age is upon us.
1 John 3:2 "When He is revealed, we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is." ( To see Him as He is, is to see yourself as you are.) As He is, so are we in this present world.
Once a slave-master convinces you that your bondage is Divine order; You will never hear the, unwavering, blast of the Jubilee Trumpet. It has been sounding since the Day of Pentecost.
Don Murphy ©September 1999
Feast of Dedication