Augustine wrote: “The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed, the Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed.”
When Paul was writing his epistles he didn’t have much New Testament writings to draw from that we know of. He was aware of some of the other apostles writings (as they were of his) but he is clear that the main part of what he wrote was revealed to him directly (see for example Ephesians 3:2-11). In his writings Paul makes allusions to Old Testament types and shadows (e.g. Gal. 4:21-31), reveals the meanings behind many Old Testament prophecies and writings (e.g. Eph. 4:8-13) and draws on the experiences of the people of Israel to warn and admonish the New Testament churches to which he wrote (e.g. 1 Cor. 10:1-11).
Hezekiah’s Tunnel is a physical, Old Testament, engineering work. Like other physical things spoken about in the Old Testament, it is a shadow or reflection of a spiritual reality. Physically and spiritually it exists in the the City of David which is situated on Mount Zion and is part of Jerusalem in the land of Judah and Israel. David is considered the archetype or forerunner of Jesus – he and his rule over Judah and Israel, his reign in Jerusalem, was the OT physical representation of the spiritual truth of Jesus’ current reign in His NT church.
Probably the best place to see how this works out in practice is found in the Psalms. Psalm 87 is particularly instructive. Once you get the pictures and symbols in this Psalm you can apply them all over the OT:
A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song.
His foundation is in the holy mountains.
2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion
More than all the dwellings of Jacob.
3 Glorious things are spoken of you,
O city of God! Selah
4 “I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to those who know Me;
Behold, O Philistia and Tyre, with Ethiopia:
‘This one was born there.’ ”
5 And of Zion it will be said,
“This one and that one were born in her;
And the Most High Himself shall establish her.”
6 The Lord will record,
When He registers the peoples:
“This one was born there.” Selah
7 Both the singers and the players on instruments say,
“All my springs are in you.”
In this Psalm Jerusalem is called the city of God. The spiritual counterpart is the Church or Body of Christ worldwide. Each local church should also be a mini city of God with the same elements as are described here.
The foundations of what God does (v.1) in the earth are in these holy mountains of which Zion (vv. 2& 5) is the central one, the dwelling place of God’s shekinah glory and the place from which every born again believer is birthed spiritually. It is up to us to ensure that God dwells in the manifestations of Zion that are our local churches. To do this requires maintaining walls and digging tunnels to bring the life giving waters – which are outside the walls – into the healing centre of the church.
Let the Lord teach you these things. They will inform your reading of the OT and bring it alive in a way you may not have experienced before. Read the Old Testament with New Testament eyes.
[Please note that I am not a replacement theologian, there is something very significant happening with the physical current day people of Israel and the believers in their midst. That is just not the subject of this particular teaching.]
Love is Patient
Love is Patient, the first of the 16 attributes of Love (or the Holy Spirit) as described in 1 Cor. 13:4-8. The Greek word is pronounced “macro -thume-ia” and literally means “long suffering”. The mind map explains it further and shows some other places in the NT where the same word is used.
And is Kind
The Greek (original) word translated “kind” in most of our English bible translations is pronounced “Chray-stew-eh-tai”. This mindmap shows other places where the same word is used in the New Testament, including Matthew 11:30.
In Matthew 11:30 the word translated “easy” as in “My yoke is easy” is the same word as is used in 1 Cor. 13:4 to say that Love is kind (or easy). His yoke is easy/ kind. We need to work to enter that rest (Hebrews 4:1-13). If you are stressed and worried about a situation, whatever it is, you are not at rest in it. Your aim then should be to enter that rest, find out God’s perspective about the situation and leave it in His hands. Phil. 4:6 – Be anxious for nothing – is a command. We need to take it seriously because if we don’t we will do neither the people we love nor ourselves any good.
Love is Not Striving
This is the third attribute of Love that is listed in this verse. The original Greek word is the same root word as we use for “zealous” and is often translated “envy” by English translators. Paul uses the same Greek word in three other places (1 Cor. 12:31, 1 Cor. 14:1 and 1 Cor. 14:39) and in each case he exhorts us to be zealous for spiritual gifts. So, the conclusion we come to is that we are to be zealous with God but not with each other.
Hezekiah’s Tunnel brings the five fold ministries (the waters of the Gihon Spring) from outside the church (the City of David/Jesus) into it’s centre and collects it in a large healing pool called the Pool of Siloam. If you are not sure what that means, have a read of the Hezekiah’s Tunnel – Vision and the other teachings on this site.
As we start this second season, healing is one of the main aims of this work – healing in the sense of a thorough body, soul and spirit health or shalom. The gently flowing stream of Shiloh is the source of this healing. The Holy Spirit does not come with a bluster.
One of our main passages flowing through the tunnel and unifying us has been 1 Cor. 13:4-8. There are 16 attributes of Love described here which seem to especially apply to the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is:
- patient with us
- and kind while He is patient.
- He doesn’t strive,
- doesn’t put Himself forward,
- nor is He ever arrogant
- or rude.
- He considers others as much as Himself
- and is not provoked or irritable.
- He never brings up our past mistakes
- but at the same time He doesn’t rejoice in evil
- but rejoices when we speak the truth.
- He bears with us through everything we do
- and never stops believing in us anyway.
- He is with us in everything we endure
- and never stops hoping that we will persevere.
- His love never loses its authority and never gives up on us.
Please learn these 16 attributes off by heart, internalise them and ensure you are applying them as you dig. Use the above or your favourite translation.
If we don’t put this into practice, the flying stones and debris, the chore of carrying out the rubble and the stress of digging underneath 150 ft of bedrock will overwhelm us (spiritualise that last sentence as much as you can – but the effort and commitment involved is similar :)).
We are restarting the Monday night meetings at Open Arms Church in the Café area and moving out to the Kidzone this Monday 9th September 2019 at 1915 hours. The format will follow the same as before: Worship for 15-20 mins, Breaking of Bread for 15-20 mins, Open Church with teaching (as per 1 Cor. 14:26-40) for up to 90 mins and healing prayers to close or incorporated in that time as the Spirit leads. Different individuals will lead each part on different weeks.
As we know from all that is happening and what PJ is preaching, God is on the move. I am looking forward to seeing what He is going to do with us!
The teaching on 1 Corinthians 14.
The teaching on the Holy Spirit.
The teaching on the Book of Job.