1Kings 6:31-32

1Kings 6:31-32

“And for the entering of the oracle he made doors of olive tree: the lintel and sideposts were a fifth part of the wall.  The two doors also were of olive tree; and he carved upon them carvings of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid them with gold, and spread gold upon the cherubims and upon the palm trees.”

Here we have a description of the entrance into the Holy of Holies of king Solomon’s temple.  This was the only way in to the mercy seat.  There was no other way to get to God but through this entrance.

“And for the entering of the oracle…”

Notice, it says, “the”. This means, quite simply, that there is only one.  Only one way in, one entrance, only one way that man may get to God, “the” entering of “the” oracle.  Once again, singular.

Many people today are attempting to present that lost world with an ancient idea that “all roads lead to Rome.” Men want to tell everyone that they are alright.  It is too controversial to take a stand on anything, let’s just live and let live and enjoy life here together.  That is the predominant attitude in the religious world today. “Preach but don’t offend, don’t call names, don’t point out sin and condemn it.  That is just too offensive.  We are to love people not hurt them.  We don’t want to run people away.” Friend, if they are already going to hell, where are you going to run them too?  There is such a thing as tact, use it, but do not try to compromise to gain a crowd.  There is only one way to heaven, Jesus Christ, and this truth must be preached to a lost and dying world.  He is the only way.

A person may refuse to believe that they can be saved by faith because they believe that it just sounds too simple to be true.  Salvation is simple.  Jesus came into the world to fulfill the law, to bleed and die for our sins.  Jesus came to satisfy God’s Holy Law, to suffer God’s Judgment, and make atonement for all who will come to God by Him, and through His Precious Blood.

In Romans 4:21-25 Paul writes to us of Abraham, “And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.  And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”

And In 5:1  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”

There are many who just can not seem to get a grip on the Grace of God.  It seems such a small, and “too simple” thing.  “Don’t we need to do something?” so many will ask.  “Don’t we have some works which God would require of us to obtain salvation?”  To obtain something by working for it is to deserve it or earn it.  You cannot earn or buy your way into heaven.  It is only by Grace that we are saved.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

The grace of God is no simple thing, it is no small thing.  God’s grace is not to be lightly esteemed.  To try and add any kind of works to the finished work of Jesus Christ on Calvary is to frustrate the Grace of God.  No kind of works can gain entrance into that precious Holy of Holies.  No price can be obtained worthy of entrance into the throne room of the Father.  It is only by faith in Jesus Christ.  We must approach the Father through Jesus’ Precious anoning Blood.

As before stated, adding some physical work or action to putting faith in the finished work of salvation by the Grace of God at Calvary in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our sins is legalism.  It is not new problem.  In the fifteenth chapter of the book of Acts you will find that there were some who had begun teaching that it was necessary to be circumcised and keep the law of Moses to be saved.  This was a problem even then and the apostles dealt with it immediately.

In John 14:6 Jesus tells us, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

And in Acts 4:12 we read, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

When did this false religion begin and where?  This legalistic falsehood began in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve trying to  cover their sins with the works of their own hands, the fig leaves.  They sought to cover their sin by their own works.

“And they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”

Adam was a sinner, out of God’s perfect will, spiritually dead.  He sought to cover his own nakedness by the works of his own hands, only to find himself unable to stand before God.  His works were not enough and because he knew this he hid himself.  He was not just hiding by he was hiding himself.  Adam was trying to conceal his true self through works, camoflauge, if you will.  But this would not suffice.  Instead, God killed a sacrifice and clothed them with the innocence of another.  The only way was through the innocence of another.  Blood must be shed and atonement made.  God had told them the price for sin.

“In the day that ye eat thereof ye shall surely die.”

The message has ever rung true.  There is only one way.  Only one entering and that is  Jesus Christ.  We see a picture of Him here in 1Kings 6:31-32.  Here in bold form is a picture of Jesus for us to behold.

“And for the entering of the oracle he made doors of olive tree: the lintel and sideposts were a fifth part of the wall.  The two doors also were of olive tree; and he carved upon them carvings of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid them with gold, and spread gold upon the cherubims and upon the palm trees.”

First I want us to notice that there is only one way in,  “the entering of the oracle…” is telling us that there is only this one way.  Only one entering and that is a more than fitting picture of Christ who tells us that He is The Way, The Truth and The Life, and the ONLY way.  But what of the doors?  Here we have a plural form.  Is Christ Divided?  Of course not.  We have already seen that He is the only way in.  If He were divided how could we dogmatically say that there were only one way?  If we examine honestly the text we will notice that there is only one entering place; only one doorway.  The doors here spoken of are simply two leaves of one door.  Everyone has seen doorways which were too large for one door to be hung in them.  Even though there be two leaves of a door hung opposite each other, yet there is but one doorway.  This is a beautiful illustration of the Holy Trinity.  One leaf of this door is a type of the Father, which opens to gain our attention yet not fully revealing what lies behind the wall or partition before us.  The Father shows us part of Christ, our need for Him, our desperate plight.  Condemned!  Then the Holy Spirit, typified by the other leaf, when flung wide, shows us the full Glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Good News.

“No man cometh unto me except the father draw him”

“when the comforter is come……he shall glorify me”

Praise God!  The Father shows us His love for sinners in sending His only begotten Son to die for us.  The Holy Spirit reaches into the very depths of the soul to publish the news that “whosoever will may come” while both stand with the Son the also stand beside the Son.  Father and Spirit show us Jesus and then it is up to us to go on through.  We must choose.  You may stop there, on the very threshold of salvation.  Many do stop right there.  Many seek to make a claim on the Father, having never passed through by faith.  If there has never been a time that you passed through that door by faith, then you have neither the Father, nor the Spirit, and you are yet in your sins.  You must put your faith and your trust in Him.  This is no new doctrine.  There is no new means of salvation.  It has ever been through Christ that we must have been save;  By faith, not works.  Hebrews 11 tells us of all those early believers who “by faith” obtained “a good report”.  Peter told Cornelius and his household in Acts 10:43, “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”

There is no new way.  It is the same today as it was in the garden.  The woman’s seed is the one looked for and longed after for thousands of years and is today and forever more.  Jesus is the one sent of the Father, glorified by the Spirit and ever making intercession for those that come to the Father through Him.

We see also that the doors were made of olive tree.  The olive tree, in the word of God, is most often a picture of God’s chosen people.  The church is that wild olive branch graft in.  We see in these doors of olive, this picture of the trinity, that God identifies Himself with His people in order that they may gain access.  This may help us to understand why it behooved Christ to be made like unto His brethren.

Heb. 2:14 “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil:  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”

Jesus was made like unto His own chosen people that He might, in their own form, and weakness of a fleshly body, show that through the Spirit of God, His example would lead us to victory over the devil and make the way for us to follow after Him.  Praise God!  As t he sea parted and Israel crossed on dry ground, so God will part the waters hither and thither and allow His children to cross on the firmest foundation, that which is already laid, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

“…the lintel and sideposts were a fifth part of the wall…”

Oh! Friend!  Here we have the full focus of the picture.  It all becomes clear in this one seemingly insignificant statement.  “…the lintel and sideposts were a fifth part of the wall…”  What a beautiful picture of Christ.  Examine the “fifth” part of the wall.  The number 5 in scripture is the number of Grace.

The wall being divided thus into 5 parts shows us several things.  One of those 5 parts being the doorway there are four other parts to that wall.  The number 4 in scripture is the number of the world.  This is a picture of the world and religion.  I am not referring to the horrible perversion of the church by the world.  I refer to true religion which is the religion of the redeemed.  Those who have repented and received Jesus Christ as their personal saviour: True religion; the kind that God loves.  The world can get you only so far, as we see illustrated.  The world can get you to church, it can get you to the altar, it can drag tears out of you, but that is as far as the world can go.  The world can only bring you to a wall that is impassable.  The world can not save you.  You can profess till you are blue in the face, you can be baptized a thousand times. You can memorize line upon line of scripture.  You can attend every church function from no till doomsday, but that can not and will not save you.  All the religion in the world will leave you staring at a blank wall with no way in.  The world can not save you, mom and dad can not save you.  What do you do?  You are helpless with no way in.  Who can help you?  When you find  truly that the wages of sin is death, what then?

Thank God the number on in scripture is the number of God.  It is the beginning of all.  None could exist without it.  And friend, after good Christians have invited you to church, made you welcome, showed you the love of Christ and gotten you as far as they can, it is only God who can get you to the door.  The world (4) plus the Father (1) add up to the Grace of God (5) and it is only by the marvelous Grace of God that you have a door before you, open; and an open invitation to enter into the blessed Holy of Holies and have an intimate saving relationship with our Lord.  Jesus is that door placed on the cross of Calvary that we might have access into fellowship with the Father.  Jesus, the Grace of God, the Love of God personified! Hallelujah to God!

“…and he carved upon them carvings of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers…”

Still we have pictured before us our Lord Jesus Christ.  These carvings are very revealing to us as to what there is awaiting those who pass through the door.  In Genesis 3:24 God drove man from the garden and placed Cherubim and a flaming sword in the way to the tree of life so that the sinners could not eat of that tree and live forever in their sinful condition.  One of the functions of a Cherub is to guard  or prevent access to any who is forbidden entrance.  We find here that the way to God is a guarded way.  Just anyone can not come this way.  They must be chosen, called.  Many people will say, “Well, I intend to become a Christian later in life.”  Many have died and gone to hell in this frame of mind.  My friend, you do not simply decide to get saved.  Jesus has told us that no one can come unto Him except the Father draw them.  It is a guarded way and you don’t just jump in at will.  You must be drawn.  You must be invited.  If this were understood the church rolls would certainly suffer a great loss.  What a great man have joined the church and made public professions for the wrong reasons.  One day the Lord is coming to take His church out of this world and many will be found in the church pew awaiting the great marriage to come yet they have no wedding garment.  They shall be left behind to be later cast into outer darkness where there shall be weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth.

We are told in the first Psalm that “the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.”  This does not mean that they won’t stand in judgment for all must give their account to God for the deeds done in the flesh.  This speaks of judgments being separate.  Those who have been redeemed will not stand in that awful Great White Throne Judgment.  That judgment is only for them about to be cast into the lake of fire.  By the same token, those who die ungodly sinners will not stand before the judgment seat of Christ where we shall receive our rewards.  None shall be rewarded but those who have been redeemed.  None shall approach Christ but His own.  None shall have life but such as have, by faith, become partakers of that Great Tree of Life  upon the brow of Calvary’s hill.  The way to Christ is a guarded way.  In approaching Him for the first time we come upon Cherubim and a flaming sword.  The only way to that tree is through them.  Only after being slain by the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, are we able to approach that precious Tree of Life.  No one may come except those who have died to self, and this world and; through repentance, come to Christ by faith, have no fear that any be allowed in that ought not to be.  Neither have any fear that any be excluded who ought not to be.  None shall mistakenly be allowed or disallowed, we know that … “Never the less the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his.” (2Timothy 2:19)

“and palm trees…”

Because God knows his own, He can and does guard the way against strangers.

“and palm trees”

You will find in study that palm trees present us with a picture of rest and peace.  This is something that Jesus has promised to those who will come to him by faith.  When brought under Holy Ghost conviction by the word of God, one finds oneself suddenly beneath a heavy load of guilt.  Until you are relieved of that great burden it seems to grow until it seems it is about to crush you beneath it.  The guilt for sin is a very powerful presence in the heart.  It will make you miserable.  It often makes it difficult to sleep.  Guilt can make sleep a fearful and unrestful state to be in.  Fear of judgment can rob anyone of peace and rest.  Jesus has told us, “Come  unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” This, my friend, is a gift, a peace, a rest that you can get no where else but Jesus.  Notice, it is a gift promised; not to anyone who, on a whim, decides that they do not want to go to hell; not to anyone who just decides that they want to go to heaven:  (only a lunatic would rather go to hell than heaven).  But it is a gift promised to whosoever will come to Christ by faith seeking salvation, freedom from the burden beneath which one labours and is heavy laden.  Many treat salvation as if it were a pacifier to satisfy a mere whim.  My friend, you don’t just decide to get saved at a certain time or place and plan it ahead of  time.  “Boast not thyself of tomorrow…” because we,  “know not what a day might bring forth.” Many have gone to hell just short of what they thought a good time to become a christian.  They were not laboring and heavy laden, just planning on not going to hell.

When the Holy Spirit of God full reveals to you your lost condition and shows you in your heart a vivid horrible picture of hell; you don’t just decide that you don’t want to go there but you realize that salvation is something you MUST have, hell is a place you MUST not go to.  That is when you find that which many have not yet seen.  That Jesus is the only way, the only door, the only One worthy.  You must come to Him and through Him to be  saved.  You msut come to Him in faith and be born again because “there is none other name under heaven, given among men whereby we must be saved.” Shakespear asked, “What’s in a name?”  Much if that name is Jesus! This is our place of rest, our city of refuge from the revenger of blood, Jesus, our peace in time of trouble.  SALVATION!

“and open flowers”

Every thing we look at just shows us more and more a picture of our sweet Jesus.  It does not tell us specifically what king of flowers that Solomon had carved here. Honestly, it does not matter.  I know two beautiful flowers which are spoken of in relation to our Lord and they are the Lily of the valley and the Rose.  “and open flowers” what is the significance of open flowers in relation to our Lord.  It is yet another illustration of Jesus in that He can be found anywhere; On the mountain as the rose, and in the valley as the Lily.  It is a beautiful illustration indeed.  Let us look first at the Lily of the valley.  The name itself is a type of Christ when we are traveling the low, dark, troublesome by ways of life.  Sometimes we get so low that it seems there is no way but up.  Still it seems we can’t find our way for the darkness that seems to surround us. We try and try to go on, growing weaker with every step.  It seems that there is just too much to take and we are just about to perish in the darkness of the  low valley where it seems that we are all alone.  Then, from somewhere, the breeze brings to us a sweet fragrance which causes us to lift our eyes.  There, not far away we can see that sweet Lily of the valley.  Bourne upon the wind of the Spirit of Almighty God we are reminded that Jesus is right before us; He has never left us alone.  And aye if you will look at that Lily; One beautiful Lily above all the greenery which is hope.  Our Saviour towers above all about Him that all may see.  And we can make it through the valley one more time.

Look now at the Rose.  It is a very particular plant.  It requires care.  It is a picture of Christian life.  Much care is taken to nourish, protect, and strengthen the rose.  It must be pruned, doctored and watered regularly and so must we who have our hope in Christ.  It is another plant of much greenery, and green is the color of hope; promise.  In hope it is taken care of; still there are thorns and outside influences to be dealt with.  Long hours are invested in that hope and when it just seems to be taking longer than it should you see a bud come out, and one day before long you see a beautiful rose in full bloom.  Yes that is a picture of Jesus.  We live in hope, toiling, fighting the thorns, drinking deep of the water of the word of God.  Often panting and gulping the air, the breeze, the wind of the Holy Spirit.  Growing on in hopeful anticipation.  When we find ourselves entangled among the thorns and almost ready to give up there bursts forth the beautiful fragrant Rose of Sharon to encourage us again, a little further yet, He keeps us going.  He keeps us hoping and, yes, the open flowers! We do at times get turned hither and thither and it becomes impossible for us to see Him in the direction we are going.  Thank God, at times like these we have a Father whose Spirit will blow about us and with that still, small voice enquire of us as to our purpose and thereby remind us of the way to go.

Yes, the open flowers, the glory of the plant!  Our Lord, the Glory of all creation.  Open for all to behold and so the fragrance be not concealed from any.  What a beautiful picture of Jesus we see in the door to the Holy of Holies.

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