The Father has always had His eyes set on a tabernacle not constructed with mortar and bricks for His dwelling place. This is none other than the body called the church. The church is an organic temple hewn by the hands of the Father. Even when speaking to Moses, God said that He wanted His people to be to Him a kingdom of priests. Scripture reveals many specific attributes that priests of God must possess. This is especially true of the high priest. He was one who entered into the most Holy place only once a year to represent all the people before the very glory of the Father. Christ became the eternal High Priest, who mediates between mankind and the Father. Being named priests of the Father is a great honor, bestowed by grace. We gain access into His presence, become partakers of His glory, and enjoy daily communication with Him.
There is a price to pay, however, for this kind of access to our Father. We divorce ourselves from the principles of the world and make a complete change to embrace the Father alone. We say goodbye to the very systems that we once followed and that kept us bound; systems that separated us from the very essence of an authentic relationship with our Father. Relationship with our Father is our highest priority. We lack nothing when we take on His view. The treasures of the nations become ours. Whatever we need to advance the cause of the Father is now our portion. We succeed by coming before Him daily, while those who do not know Him work to store up what we need to use! As priests, we spend our time consistently in the Father!
Shame stems from a sense of guilt, shortcoming, humiliation, and disgrace. History is filled with tragic instances of how the perverse heart of man has shamed people: the Holocaust in Germany, the apartheid regime in South Africa, the Jim Crow era in America. So many stories of shame, but none more shameful than what the Jewish religious order through the influence of Roman rule did to Christ. Stripped so people could see His nakedness, the one who knew no sin and was innocent was publicly humiliated by men who mocked, scorned, and laughed at Him. No greater pain could a man endure then being the “innocent lamb at the slaughter,” receiving a crown of thorns. This was shame to the max!
Enduring shame for the Lord brings double honor. (Depending on the translation, the word “honor” may or may not appear in verse 7. Some translations state that shame is doubled. Going through twice the amount is painstaking. And then there are some translations that state that because of our shame, we shall receive double.) I like the latter: receiving a double portion of blessings is beyond bountiful! The Father rewards us in ways we cannot comprehend. Double blessing also means receiving a double portion in the land. We should possess twice as much. This serves as a test in our hearts as to what we will do and how we will steward what the Father gives us.