#213 (11/18/25 morning)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

According to 2Timothy 3:16-17, perfection is being "throughly furnished".  Furnished with what?  Furniture; all 7 pieces of furniture found in the Mosaic Tabernacle.  This tabernacle is a picture, shadow, type and figure of the more perfect Tabernacle, Jesus Christ.  Moses' Tabernacle was made with hands, Jesus Christ is the only Begotten Son of God.  The earthly Tabernacle (the one Moses fashioned) gives the believer and the Bride the blueprint of how to grow in God.  By experiencing each piece of furniture, personally, the Bride becomes "throughly furnished" or reaches "perfection".  While growing in the stature of the Son, the believer experiences the written law.  At maturity (the seventh piece of furniture) the believer receives the oral law, personally, from off the Ark of the Covenant.  The oral law instructs to do the will of God outwardly upon completion of doing the will of God inwardly through the written law.  The Image and Likeness of God must be established inside before it can be displayed outside in the public arena.  The contumacy of the old nature must be subdued first.  

Please turn to the Book of Beginnings, Genesis, and read chapter 1 verses 26-28.  In verse 27 please note that male and female were created; a Bride and a Bridegroom.  The Image and Likeness of God is male and female, Bride and Bridegroom.  In chapte 2 verse 16 the LORD detailed what they could eat.  To maintain the Image and Likeness they were to freely eat of the trees in the garden; eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil would mar and destroy the Image and Likeness.  Going back to chapter 1 verse 28, notice what the pair was supposed to do:  subdue and take dominion through the Image and Likeness (Bride and Bridegroom).  Why were they to subdue and take dominion over a cleansed and renewed earth?  To subdue indicates that there is an enemy lurking outside the garden.  Taking dominion has the connotation of being supreme, putting something or someone down and ruling over it or them.  The earth was defiled when the serpent became a willing vessel for Leviathan to control and eventually lead astray the newly created pair.  Uncleanness and defilement were already present outside the garden because of the presence of Leviathan and fallen Lucifer.  The earth had already sinned; this is what they were to subdue and take dominion as Bride and Bridegroom (Image and Likeness).  

Please read Genesis 3:17.  When the pair sinned, they just made the earth worse!  Because of what they did, the earth was cursed!  Not only was it defiled and unclean, but now it was cursed.  When Adam and Eve were banished from the garden, when they set foot on the earth, the curse spread througout the entire world; now it was defiled, unclean, cursed and sinful.  To take dominion and subdue the earth the Image and Likeness of God must be fed and maintained.  Only the Bride and the Bridegroom can subdue the cursed and sinful earth.