Bethlehem • Devotion #5: Right Key, Right Door

The Burton location has a box full of keys. There literally is a box of unlabeled keys. For the most part, I have been able to figure out what each key is for, but some doors I have yet to figure out what key goes to what lock. One day, the cleaning ladies came to my office to tell me that both of the doors for the bathroom in the kids’ hall were locked. Kids will be kids, and I told the ladies I would find the key. I was really hoping that God would guide my hand to the correct key in the first attempt, but He had better plans. It took me about thirty minutes to thoroughly try each key, on both doors, twice. This was another confirmation to me why children’s ministry might not be for me. Busting down the door seemed like the only logical and most effective stress-relieving solution. Luckily, I realized I could take the doorknob off and open the door that way before I pulled a Kool-Aid Man on a door in Burton. 

Having the right key to the right door is essential. In Isaiah chapter 22, God’s Word talks about the key to the house of David. The one thing I love about this verse is that the word key is singular, meaning there is only one key to enter this house. Isaiah 22:22 says, “And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David. He shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.” If you want a good way to understand the Bible, after you read something, put it in words that a four-year-old could understand. In this verse, God says there is one key to open the house of David. Once that door is open, no one can shut it. Understanding prophecy can be hard, but this is a pretty straight forward one. So the next question we have to ask is, “Where can we find that key?”

Revelation 3:7-8 says, “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens. I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.’” The one who has the key of David is the Holy One, the True One, the One who opens doors that no one (person or demon) can shut, whose words are repeated by angels. This is the “Jesus is the answer moment.” Jesus is the one who fulfills this prophecy and has the key to open the house of David. 

Jesus has the key referred to in Isaiah 22:22, with one slight change. Revelation 3:7 refers to “the key of David” and not the “key of the house of David.” The phrase “the house of” is missing. This is for a major reason because “the house of David” was a tomb. The house of David was synonymous with the resting place of the faithful. When we look at Revelation 3:7, death is not the final outcome. The angel talking about the One who opens the door to the house of David is talking about how to enter the house of God, and the angel is expressing the amazing fact that there is only one way to get into this house. The key is putting your faith in the One who is the key. There is only one key that allows us to go to Heaven. There is only one door to get into Heaven. Do you put your trust in the key? Going through a box of keys to open this door is not going to work. Trying to bust the door down will not work. You need the right door and the right key. 

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