Hallelujah for Christ as the Unique Replacement of everything else with Himself in God’s economy! In Isaiah we see another full type of Christ in the person of Eliakim who is set by God to replace Shebna, to be the steward in the house of the king. But it’s not just that: in only 3 verses we see so much about what Christ can be to us! This is what Isaiah 22:20-22 says,
20. And in that day I will call to My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah,
21. And I will clothe him with your tunic, And I will strengthen him with your girding sash, And I will put your dominion into his hand; And he will become a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem And to the house of Judah.
22. And I will set the key of the house of David upon his shoulder – When he opens, no one will shut; When he shuts, no one will open
Christ is the real Eliakim, and in these verses we see six aspects of Christ:
- Christ is the Steward in God’s house.
- Christ is the Father as the source and Supplier to the people of God.
- Christ is the key holder, holding the key of David.
- Christ is a peg, a nail, driven into a sure place.
- Christ is a throne of glory for His Father’s house.
- Christ is the One upon whom hangs all the glory of His Father’s house.
Out of these aspects, today I was enjoying the first three today in the morning time with the Lord. What a rich all-inclusive Christ that wants to come into us and be our enjoyment, and that even wants to replace us! Christ is the unique and real steward in the house of God! In the divine household, only Christ is the One who ministers and takes care of all the ones in God’s house. He serves us with God, He gives Himself to us as the reality of all that we need. And His service is actually a kind of governing, a ruling: when we are served by Christ, we are under His government. The more He takes care of us, the more we are under His authority, His administration. Lord, how much we need Your care that results in Your inward ruling!
Also, Christ is “a father” to the ones in Jerusalem and to the house of Judah – a father is the source and the supplier. Everything comes from Him – He supplies us and supports us both physically, psychologically, and spiritually in every way! Whatever we need, He is; whenever we need something, we come to Him with an open heart, and He supplies us! More and more as we go on in our experience as children of God we realize that our Savior, Christ, is our source and our supplier in every way.
As typified by Eliakim, Christ is the One upon whose shoulder the key of the house of David is set – just like in Rev. 3:7, Christ is the One upon whose shoulder the key of the treasury of the house of God – typified by the house of David for the building up of the kingdom of God – is set. God’s house today is the church, and the church is also the kingdom of God(Matt. 16:18-19, Rom. 14:17). We can see the church today, but the kingdom may not be so evident: the church needs to be built up more for the kingdom of God to be seen and to come! When the church as the house of God is adequately built up, the church is manifested as the kingdom of God. Also, the key is set upon the shoulder – this shows that it is a big key which is unlocking/locking a great door. Such a door would be a stronghold to protect and keep the treasures of the house of God. Actually, the treasures today in the house of God are all the riches of Christ – Christ has a big key to open the treasury of all His riches! Amen, Lord, we come to You to enjoy all Your riches! You have the key to open and to shut the door to all that You are! All that we need is in You, and You are so rich! We just come to You, Lord, to enjoy You! Open our apetite and open our enjoyment of You today, Lord! [enjoyment from the life-study of Isaiah, as quoted in the morning revival on the Crystallization-study of Isaiah(1)]