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This sermon continues the consideration of sacred space in relation to the first creation presented in Genesis 1-2. It examines the concepts of "shalom" and "sabbath" as the two primary characteristics of God's dwelling place as first manifested in the original creation.
Essential Listening Pastor Kit continues to hit the nail on the head regarding the importance of rightly understanding "Sacred Space". Since sacred space is a creational reality and the Dwelling Place of God is really "the realm in which God is present in relation to His creation", then we should expect that Shalom (and the principle of Shabbat) would characterize His creation. Shalom is absolute, perfect Peace; a peace that speaks of wholeness and total harmony. Shalom connotes integrity-every (created) thing "being" true to its inherent nature and its essential function. Pastor Kit says this: "Viewed comprehensively, shalom is the condition in which every created thing finds itself in perfect conformity to itself and its created function. In turn, this full and faultless self-conformity expresses itself in inter-creational harmony: When a given thing is perfectly conformed to its own created nature and function, it equally exists in perfect harmony with everything else." Amen! And what was "lost" in the (typological) Garden, God has promised to restore! The OT prophesies (in its fullness) of the One to come in whom creation will be restored-Christ the Lord! In Christ is the restoration of all things. And "in Christ" God dwells with His people. In Christ is our Shalom and our perpetual Shabbat!