Signs and Symbols
The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.(Re.19:10)Here we have the role of the Holy Spirit in setting Core Will in the Bible. It is centered about Jesus, the Son of man.
Where God is designated as the Doer in the scriptures, the action as well as the object shall have a special significance. It is a sign as well as a symbol.
Firstly let us consider the rainbow as a sign; Ge.9:13-16. It is used after a great flood during which only the family of Noah found mercy. He sets it as a sign. A sign is created where a natural phenomenon is invested with special significance. The purpose is to reveal an aspect of Core Will of the Lord God. This is a prime example of a narrative from the standpoint of the Holy Spirit. If rainbows are repeated in a certain context what shall we deduce from it? Prophet Ezekiel sees the bow underlining the glory of god. Ez.1:28 Also are references to the rainbow in the Book of Revelations. Re. 4:3, 10:1 Glory of God seated on the throne is symbolized. It harks back to the flood and also implies grace and mercy. The role of Holy Spirit is as an expositor giving shades and tints to the divine Will in order to help the reader give more than a casual reading.
When God commanded Moses to make a tabernacle he was specific. “Let them (the Children of Israel) make … according to all that I shew thee…” (Ex.25:9,8) So God had a pattern of the place of his habitation expressing his will to dwell with them.
The earth and the fullness thereof belong to the Lord. St. Paul says ‘he that built all things is God.’(He.3:4)
The Tabernacle in the wilderness was to be built from free will offerings of the children of Israel and fit out various parts precisely as what the Lord had commanded them to do. Moses did as was commanded. (He.3:5-6) We read later in the epistle to the Hebrews about him. He was however a sign unto the people. This become much more vivid In the light of what befell him towards the end.
They (the children of Israel) could not enter in because of unbelief.’(He.3:19) Holy Spirit has inserted this warning through Pauline epistle for us. God did not allow Moses to enter the Promised Land himself. Deut.34:4-5. He died in the land of Moab and not in the land God had promised to Abraham and his descendants. Moses was a sign.
Jesus Christ is also a sign of which we read thus,” Christ as a son over his house whose house are we…” From these two habitations, the Tabernacle and the Church every vessel, articles of use, curtain carries some significance.
For example when Jesus gave up his spirit on the cross we read that ‘the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.’(Lu.23:45). This is a symbol for the body of Christ bruised for our transgressions. (He.10:20) Whereas under the Law only High Priest could enter past the veil into the Most Holy Place Jesus is shown as the High Priest of a new Order and he has opened up ‘a new and living way’ (He.10:19) for us.
The Narrative power of the Bible is consistent with the power of Holy Spirit to inspire: since Truth of Core Will is sufficient proof, Time,- eternal element associated with Lord God, even where it is broken down in human scale has unity. In short the tabernacle and the Church draw their unity from Core Will.
(to be concluded)