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The house of God

5th May 2008, hej,mgh

 

1) ConsiderThis House

For an architect, there is a beauty in things being both one thing and, on another level, another thing. For example Joern Utzon's Bagsavared church roof is many layered curves. Utzon intended it be like clouds over a beach. This form also saved on the use of concrete. The roof both symbolises clouds and is a rational structural solution. This phenomena is a characteristic of the design of all objects to a lesser or greater extent.

The Creator of the world, and the Designer of all life on earth is the greatest architect.

His capacity for both/ and in design is endless. Just one example is the leaf on a deciduous tree. At one level it gives the tree itself a source of nutrients, on another level it provides seasonal shade for other plants (and humans). If we take this view to the study of the scriptures, we can understand what Yahweh has done, and will do.

This article will examine how the 'house of God' of the future is both a unified 'family' of people and the greatest structure the world has seen.

House means both a physical building and a family

In English the word 'house' means both a building and a group of people. We have keys to our house, but the house of Windsor is not the building but the people. There is no difference in the word. Just as in English, in Hebrew the word translated 'house' may refer to the people or a building.

The LORD said unto Noah, Come you and all your house into the ark; for you have I seen righteous before me in this generation. (Genesis 7:1)
But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. (Genesis 19:10)

In both cases the Hebrew word for 'house' is bayith. Clearly Noah did not dismantle his house and take it on board the ark, his house is his family.

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