6 Thoughts on Sacred Space & 7 Thoughts on Sacred Time

Given the last several sermons from Pastor Jay, particularly “Exile from the Garden Temple” and “The Birth and Worship of Cain and Abel”, we thought these two articles by Pastor Nicholas T. Batzig below would be a good supplement to what we’ve been going through in Genesis:

Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, 1828 by Thomas Cole

Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, 1828 by Thomas Cole

6 Thoughts on Sacred Space:

When God created Adam, he set apart sacred space in which he would enter into fellowship with his newly created image bearer. Just as He had created time and space (Gen. 1:1-2), setting apart a portion of that time to be sacred unto Him, so the Lord set apart a portion of sacred space in which man would worship Him. While the story arc of Scripture is that of man’s fall from fellowship with God and of his great rebellion against the God who had created him for fellowship with Himself, the climax is the restoration of man to fellowship with Himself in the New Heavens and the New Earth–the renewed Garden paradise from which Adam was exiled. Consider the six following thoughts on the importance of sacred space in the Scriptures:

 

1. The Garden was the place of God’s special blessing…

 

2. The Garden was a reflection of Heaven…

 

3. The Garden was to be Extended…

 

4. The Garden was to be Populated…

 

5. The Garden was to be Cultivated…

 

6. The Garden was to be Protected…

 

While God originally set apart the Garden of Eden for man to live with Him in unbroken fellowship and communion, His plan was that everything should be Garden. That is the picture we get at the end of the Bible. The Book of Revelation paints the picture for us of the whole earth being populated with redeemed humanity. The Tree of Life is present there, with its leaves for the healing of the nations. The church of God is a fruitful Garden in which God will dwell for all eternity. The New Heavens and the New Earth will be full of righteousness and peace and joy. It will be a place of blessing. A sacred space for all of eternity.

Sacred-Time17 Thoughts on Sacred Time:

Among the diverse and manifold truths revealed in the Genesis account of Creation, we discover that God set apart two spheres of worship–sacred time and sacred space. Since all that God created was created in time and space, it should stand out to us as a matter of supreme importance that He then set apart a certain portion of that time and space in which man might worship Him. While the idea of sacred space surfaces in the account of God’s planting of the Garden of Eden–the prototypical Temple from which all the other sacred spaces from Creation to New Creation in Scripture take form–sacred time is first discovered when God set aside one day in seven for His image bearers to come together to worship Him. As Iain D. Campbell has so helpfully pointed out, “As God gave man sacred space in Paradise, and sacred time in his weekly cycle, he gave him a constant reminder of what he had made him for.” The idea of sacred time is one of the most significant–and yet, one of the least understood and embraced–needs of our lives as creatures. The teaching of Scripture as to the usefulness and purpose of the Sabbath Day helps us better joyfully embrace our need for sacred time in our relationship with the Lord. Here are 7 things to remember when approaching this subject:

 

1. God set apart sacred time for the feeding of the souls of His people…

 

2. God set apart sacred time in order to help His people, with all their spiritual weaknesses, keep their focus on Him…

 

3. God set apart sacred time to remind His people that He is the Creator and that they are creatures…

 

4. God set apart sacred time to gather His people together and remind them of His having separated them from the world for Himself…

 

5. God set apart sacred time to strengthen and equip His people for their labors throughout the forthcoming week…

 

6. God set apart sacred time in order to teach His people to cease from their labors and enter into His everlasting rest…

 

7. God set apart sacred time to help us better see our need for Jesus Christ, who entered into time and labored in agony on the cross to secure that rest for our souls…

 

Jonathan Edwards summed up the rest-providing nature of Christ’s redemptive work when he wrote:

 

“Christ’s resting from the work of redemption is expressly spoken of as being parallel with God’s resting from the work of creation. Heb. 4:10, ‘For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.’

Now Christ rested from his works when he rose from the dead, on the first day of the week. When he rose from the dead, then he finished his work of redemption. His humiliation was then at an end: he then rested and was refreshed. — When it is said, ‘There remains a rest to the people of God;’ in the original, it is, a Sabbatism, or the keeping of a Sabbath: and this reason is given for it, ‘For he that entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.'”

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