Ezekiel 48:35 (KJV)
35 [It was] round about eighteen thousand [measures]: and the name of the city from [that] day [shall be], The LORD [is] there.
Revelation 21:2-3 (KJV)
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God.
The name Jehovah Shammah literally means, “the Lord is There.” This is the testimony from Ezekiel 48:35. What a blessing to be named according to the abiding presence of God!
I. THE CITYOF GOD
Notice how our attention is drawn to God’s perfect city. It has been God’s quest throughout all of Scripture to find a dwelling place among His people. He searches for conditions suitable for his presence. This was the primary & eternal purpose of the Incarnation of Christ. That He might redeem a people suitable to live through! The cross clears the way for this to happen!
Matthew 1:23 (KJV)
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
This is also God’s purpose in sending His Holy Ghost to fill His people!
Ephesians 2:22 (KJV)
In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
II.THE CAUSE OF CONFLICT
We must also realize this is the very source of all conflict in the world today. You might think that sounds a bit unrealistic but a careful study of God’s Word instructs otherwise.
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [how] art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
2 THESS. 2:3-4
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
12 Therefore rejoice, [ye] heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Satan’s primary objective is to push everything out that honors Jehovah God.
III. THE CRITERIA FOR ALL CHRISTIANITY
The abiding presence of God is the primary criteria for all of Christianity. Without the presence of The Lord, Christianity remains a dead religion like all other religions of the world. What sets Christianity apart from Islam, Buddhism, etc is they are DEAD religions! We have at the helm a resurrected Savior named Jesus Christ! All others are false & DEAD!
Can my church, my home, my life be considered Jehovah-Shammah, The Lord Is There? It’s not our orthodoxy, our songs, or our programs. Is The Lord there?
1 Peter 4:17-18
7 For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
Is it obvious to God & others that you allow The Lord to reside & abide in you?