You Shall Be Built

Who says of Cyrus, “He is My shepherd, And he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, ‘You shall be built,’ And to the temple, ‘Your foundation shall be laid’
— Isaiah 44:28 NKJV

Some people read the Scriptures metaphorically while others read them allegorically. This leads to differing conclusions, and if not careful erroneous ones too. There’s a better way to read the Scriptures; a more vital way, and that is under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He came upon the men of old, who were moved to prophesy and do other mighty things. Whenever the Spirit speaks, He speaks the truth because He is ALL TRUTH! The real question is whether people have the disposition of heart and mind to hear and understand Him correctly. Nothing equals the Holy Spirit in interpreting the Scriptures. One second of Holy Spirit revelation is worth more than years of study by human intellect alone.

Cyrus represents one who was chosen by God as a king/leader; the Father calls him shepherd. There was another shepherd that He chose from the house of Jesse to rule as king; his name was David. From an offshoot of David’s lineage came the greatest Shepherd: Christ. A shepherd represents the type of leader who takes great care to guide and protect the innocent. We can look at these verses and apply them from a purely natural standpoint of observation, or we can dive deeper to uncover a truth contained here that is vital for us to understand.

The Father, who has no beginning or end because He is eternal, has always wanted a temple wherein He could dwell. Many people across many centuries have spent millions of dollars building physical sanctuaries and temples where people could gather and call those places “the house of God.” But the Scriptures tell us plainly that the Father does not dwell in temples built by human hands. There’s a far greater dimension than that: God’s temple is His people! We who have been made in the image and likeness of the Father also possess His Spirit as an indwelling presence through the blood of Jesus. Why did the Father choose people as His temple? So He can come and abide with them. He has always preferred the living rather than the dead. Mortar and bricks are dead and lifeless. Life has always been in the blood.

As the Father sets in order the temple that He is building, He begins by laying the foundation, the most important part of the building. Before the foundation can be laid, the ground must be excavated; deep digging must be done. The deeper the digging, the stronger and more solid the foundation will be, and will last for generations. The Father comes to do that in our lives. When we afford Him the open entrance into our hearts, He comes in and digs up the ground. The deeper He goes, the stronger the foundation. In Matthew 13 Jesus speaks of four types of ground, each of them representing the human heart. Four types of hearts are found in the church. If the good heart is in control, the result will be godliness, the foundation for all men to know the Father and His longing to dwell among us as our King, Savior, Redeemer, Protecter, Comforter, and Lover of our souls.