This is Part 2 of the Saturday Sermons series.
Main Point: I taught this message after I preached Stretching for the Supernatural. Hannah means Grace in the hebrew. She brought Samuel a new coat every year. She measured based on his growth. He determined how much bigger this new mantle would be based on his personal growth during the year. I taught on our need to grow ourselves into greatness. Often we are waiting on God, while God is waiting on us to grow.
Measured for your new Mantle: Text: 1 Samuel 2:18-19, 26
I Samuel 2:18 but Samuel ministered before the Lord, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.
I Samuel 2:19 moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.
I Samuel 2:26 and the child Samuel grew on, and was in favor both with the Lord, and also with man.
FROM TABERNACLE TO TEMPLE.
CONTRAST OF TAB. AND TEMPLE.
1. One a Tent the other a Temple.
2. Tabernacle made of: acacia wood, gold, silver, brass, fine linen, precious stones, spices.
3. Temple made of: cedar, fir, olive timber, gold, silver, brass, iron, linen, precious stones, and spices.
4. Tabernacle they ministered on an earth floor. Temple they ministered on a gold floor.
5. The Tabernacle speaks of transition: the Temple speaks of permanence.
6. The Tabernacle represents the formation of a nation. In a process of becoming.
7. It took 9 months to build the Tabernacle. It took 7 years to build the Temple.
8. The Temple represents the land being occupied, journeys were over, Battles fought, victories won, and enemies being under foot.
9. The Temple measurements were twice the size of the Tabernacle. Double portion. Anybody ready for a double portion?
EVERYTHING BUT ARK CHANGES.
1. God (the ark) is the same in a small church as well as a big one. So it seems transitioning from a Tabernacle to a Temple isn’t contingent upon God getting bigger, rather it’s based on us growing ourselves.
2. Tab = 1 altar – Temple = 1 altar 4x bigger.
3. Tab = 1 laver – Temple = 10 lavers, 1 molten sea.
4. Tab = 1 candlestick – Temple = 10 candlesticks.
5. Tab = 1 table of showbread – Temple = 10 tables of showbread.
6. Tab = 1 altar of incense – Temple = 1 altar of incense + Levitical singers and musicians.
7. Tab = 1 high priest and household Levitical tribe of priests.
8. Temple – one high priest and household. 24 courses of priesthood that constituted 24-hour service before the Lord.
9. Everything that had to do with the service of man got bigger.
10. God (the Ark) never changes: we have to grow.
11. Growing requires more sacrifice, service, and worship.
II Chronicles 5:9 – and they drew out the staves of the ark…
13. Then the bible says the staves were pulled out of the ark. Continual abiding presence.
14. Before the staves were in because God was moving around, but when we grow ourselves God will set up a permanent operation.
John 1:14 and the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the father, full of grace and truth.
1. DWELT = TABERNACLED.It took 9 months to build the Old Testament tabernacle. It took Mary 9 months to birth the spiritual Tabernacle. Jesus fulfilled the Tabernacle.
John 2:19 – Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
3. The first said Jesus was a Tabernacle; the second says He is Temple. What happened?
4. Jesus turned 30. 30 years old is the bible number of maturity. Maturation brings us from Tabernacle to Temple.
Numbers 4:3 – from thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter into the host to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation.
6. Priests had to be 30 to fully function as priest.
II Samuel 5:4 – David was thirty years old when he began to reign…
Luke 3:23 – and Jesus Himself began to be about thirty years of age…
The secret of Josephs extra two years.
Genesis 41:1,46 – and it came to pass at the end of two full years, that pharaoh dreamed. 46 and Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt.
12. I always wondered why the Butler forgot about the man that saved his life. Why did Joseph have to stay in prison 2 years?
13. He had to turn 30. Maturation. Then exaltation.
14. He wasn’t elevated to his destiny until he matured biblically.
15. Going from a Tabernacle to a Temple requires us to grow in God and mature in God.
Luke 2:40 – and the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom:
SAMUEL Pleased God before People.
I Samuel 2:26 – and the child Samuel grew on, and was in favor both with the Lord, and also with men.
1. We are God pleasers before we are men pleasers.
Acts 26:17 – delivering thee from the people and from the gentiles, unto whom now I send thee.
3. The First work for Paul was getting delivered from people. Not people centered, people driven but rather God centered and God driven.
I Timothy 2:20 – but in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
5. You will never be able to fix everything. Even a great house has trouble. Trying to clean out every mess will cost you your harvest.
I Timothy 2:21 – if a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the masters use, and prepared unto every good work.
7. You must get delivered from the churchy people.
Acts 5:29 – then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, we ought to obey God rather than men.
9. Religious tradition will fight you. Be a God pleaser.
10. Minister to People but not driven by people.
11. Samuel didn’t care what Hophni, Phineas, were doing He was pleasing God. They were those born right but living wrong.
I Samuel 2:32-33 – and thou shalt see an enemy in my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel, and there shall not be an old man in thine house forever. 33 and the man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine altar, shall be to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thine heart and all the increase of thine house shall die in the flower of their age.
14. They never make it to maturity. They died in the flower of their age. Notice the process.
Numbers 17:8 – and it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.
16. The flower stage is before the fruit stage. Or life stage. Eli and family were never going to go thru the process into maturity.
17. These boys and dad were possessed with the kingdom of self. What’s in it for me? That will bring you nowhere.
II Kings 5:25 …and Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, thy servant went no wither. NOWHERE
19. That is exactly where the what’s in it for me mentality leads. Nowhere. Gehazi went after garments while Elisha was worried about Glory.
20. In a time of no real supernatural, Samuel plugs in.
21. There is an existing Eli, and a growing Samuel. Flesh/Spirit.
I Samuel 2:19 – moreover his mother made him a little coat and brought it to Him from year to year.
23. Hannah (grace) is coming to the tabernacle with a new mantle for someone.
24. You must grow every year for the next level of Power to fit you. You are being measured for your new garment. How big do you want it to be? Grow for it!
25. Garments that are too small limit movement and the exercising of power.
Genesis 26:13 – and the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great.
27. Growth comes before greatness. Note the word Forward. Also note he went from great to very great. Never stop when you reach what you term as being great. God has a vision far beyond ours.
Judges 7:13-14 – and when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, as cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along. 14 and his fellow answered and said, this is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host.
30. Barley was the poor mans food. Look what God can do with nothing.
31. Notice it said a cake of barley bread. Cake is grain that has been through the process…
Back to Samuel
32. When we are growing our clothes don’t fit and we spend a season being uncomfortable. Often when discomfort comes to us, it’s a sign we are growing and God wants us to change.
33. Samuel would be uncomfortable right before his mother brought him new clothes.
34. It will be too much for your flesh to handle unless you grow.
Exodus 13:17-18 – And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: 18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red Sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.
37. Israel wasn’t ready for battle. God will never lead you where you aren’t ready to fight. If you step into areas He isn’t taking you, you are asking for trouble.
38. Also Samuel you must remain at the house of God. Grace is bringing the new garment to the Tabernacle. Must remain loyal to your place to receive your power.
39. Be faithful when there is no open vision. Samuel slept in the church. Eat, breath, and sleep revival.
40. Samuel was commanded to open the door to the Tabernacle. Small keys lead to open doors.
41. Grow your way into your prophecy.