In Christ, we are freed from the necessity of certain things as prescribed in the old order and shadow of things.
The “place prepared” is represented in the crop, or generation of almonds born to the rod in it’s resurrection. Christ , who is the temple, died in solitude, and is raised a multitude. In every almond, the complete genetic inheritance of the whole tree. Every almond on the resurrected branch has power to become. Salvation by faith in one to come becomes salvation in one come in you.
” Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also”.
In revealing the temple as a man, the Lord told Ezekiel to show this to the house of Israel, so that they would know to be ashamed of what they do. That temple/ man had a measuring reed that was based upon his stature. A span, a cubit, a rod are a system of measure that is only quantified by the span of the hand that is used to define them. Ezekiel’s vision was of the son of God, in whom all the fullness of the godhead dwelt bodily. The “temple” measured a reed in every direction, the gate a reed, and every chamber in it, a reed. Thereafter, the measurements get bigger as you go into the temple. Every chamber, a place prepared. The temple was the source of the river of life. That river, the Teacher, had various “measures”, culminating in waters to swim in. Each successive measure prior to the fullness, had some degree of the foot being on the bottom. But the fullness of the measure teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. No comparisons to the earthly experiences. The seed of the kingdom of God within us by faith, is a city with foundations, whose builder and maker is God. By faith we are translated out of all things temporal, into all things eternal. There is nothing about the kingdom of the Dear Son, that is wanting, or incomplete. The lesson is, at some time, the walk of faith becomes 100% faith. Jesus said to purge out the old leaven. In the kingdom of God, there are no shadows or allegories. I am not troubled. The life that I now live, I live 100% by the faith of the Son of God. It is a small thing to count all type and shadow to be as dung and loss, in exchange for the knowledge of Christ. We pass over (skip over) all shadow.
The account in Genesis: (And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.)
In that state, the entire resurrected branch, crop and all, was placed in the holy of holies. This figuratively declares that as many as by faith, find their “almond”, their “place prepared”, their “power to become”, every one of them, their entire journey from rags to princedom, begins in the holiest place and culminates there, as part of the completed work of Christ. The holiest place was also made to symbolize absolute rest. No work takes place. We are not laboring in a process to get to a “place”. We are begotten to God in Christ. Our journey begins and culminates in Him. The measure we all receive, like any seed, contains the whole complete package. (the kingdom of God is within you)
Jesus plainly spoke that the resurrection was not a lot of singular events off in the future. He plainly said, “I am the resurrection”. Therefore, if I am to find any hope of it, I find it in Him. The notion that to be absent from the body, is to be in a hole in the ground waiting for some instrument to sound, so the Lord can reconstitute my molecules and transport them about with me in them, is not true. Paul said that if at what time this tent were dissolved, you HAVE (present tense) a house eternal in the heavens. And also, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
There is another place that expounds these things perfectly, while simultaneously refuting the notion that the resurrection is past already. The resurrection is not past. It is on going. But it is not seen in carnal things because it is not carnal. Matthew begins by declaring “the book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. And that same book, the entire first chapter of the Gospel, presents certain things that can not be seen until you eliminate supposition and carnal thinking.
The account is spiritual. The generation begins , not in Adam, but in Abraham. It is written in terms of forty two “generations” separated into three groups of fourteen. By this, the Holy Ghost uses the passover as a teaching tool. Pass over means “skip over”. Passover was two weeks. So from Abraham to David, fourteen generations. “Skip over”. From David to the captivity in Babylon, fourteen generations. “Skip over”. From the captivity to Christ are fourteen generations. “Skip over”.
Now it gets interesting. At the end of the account, we can find reason to revisit it. (Much like in the book of Job, when you get to the end and the Lord declares that the thing Job’s friends said about him is not right…you are compelled to revisit them). Well, if you count from the captivity to Christ, name by name, when you get to the man Jesus, you are on the number thirteen. Answer: the fourteenth and final generation is a people, not begotten until the corn of wheat fell to the earth and died…and raised. It is not natural. It is everyone added to Christ by faith, from the moment Jesus was raised, up to this very present moment, and until such time as the Father sums this up. (No man can know a day or an hour not yet decided…the Father has kept this in his own power). “Skip Over”.
We find another occasion to revisit. Joseph is named just before Jesus. What relationship is Jesus to Joseph? None. Zero, zip, nada. This breaks the physical connection of David via Joseph, of the house of Judah. Indeed, David, being a prophet, saw the resurrection. He said “the Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand”. If David sees Christ sitting in a place no flesh may approach unto, sit in, or occupy, how is he David’s son? For this saying, the Jews did not dare question Jesus any more. David, carnally speaking, has been “skipped over”. But the answer Jesus posed has an answer. When God had said to David one would sit upon the everlasting throne, it was by promise, and received in faith. David is reckoned to God in Christ by faith. Just as to Abraham, “in thy seed will all peoples be blessed” was to one seed , not many. Abraham’s heir and seed is Christ, by who Abraham too is added, by faith. So, Abraham, carnally speaking is also “skipped over”. The account of Matthew 1 is accurate and true, but not carnal and not blood lines. It is faith and Spirit. That is what fulfills it. If seen carnally, the entire account breaks down.
When the seed arrives at Babylon and captivity, another “skip over”. While many do not skip over it without tasting of it or having to be called out of her, there is no need whatsoever for anyone to experience religious bondage. Jesus, who is our passover, has taken that out of the way too.
So, this first chapter of Matthew eliminates all fleshly ties and blood lines, all ties originating in religion, and shows the generation of Jesus Christ to be a people begotten to God in Christ, in faith. You and I are saved and sanctified and added to Christ exactly as were Abraham and David. By faith. We are joint heirs with Christ, just as Abraham and David. The overriding answer to the conundrums of Matthew 1 is an household which is Spiritual, not carnal.
A spiritual house:
” For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which [voice] they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, [that] Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than [that of] Abel.”
The Lord is our passover (skip over)
[1Co 5:7 KJV] 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: