In Dutch, we have a saying that is literally translated as follows: he is not well in his upper room, or there’s something wrong in his upper room. Meaning: he is not in his right mind. That’s a saying that gets lost in translation. Anyway, the ‘upper room’ is interesting…
“And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room” Acts 1:13
When Yeshua was taken up into heaven, His disciples had to wait until the Spirit was poored out on Pentecost (Shavuot). When the Spirit was poored out in Acts 2, He filled ‘all the house where they were sitting’ (vs 2). So the Spirit filled the ‘house’ and house refers in the Bible to our mind*. Upper room refers to the same. The given fact that the Spirit filled ‘all the house’, refers to the Spirit bringing His truth in our mind (John 16:13).
In Acts 9 Tabitha was laid in an upper chamber when she was sick and died. Lies and delusions (meaning sin: Genesis 6:5) cause spiritual sickness and death in our ‘upper room’. When Peter prayed for her and spoke the words ‘Tabitha arise’, she stood up in life. His truth in our mind causes us to rise from spiritual death in spiritual life.
The history in Acts 9 has a parallel with the history in 1 Kings 17, where the son of a widow becomes sick and dies. Elijah carried the son to the upper room where he lived. Elijah stretched himself upon the child three times, and the child revived. There is a pattern of the number 3 in the Word, that refers to the resurrection. A clear reference is the resurrection of Yeshua on the third day, connected with the sign of Jonah: Jonah was vomited out by the fish on the third day (Jonah 1:17, Matthew 12:39-40 and 16:21). But there are more references. Hosea 6:2 says He will raise us up in the third day. Abraham received Isaac from the death after 3 days: Genesis 22:4 says that Isaac was sacrificed on the third day. By YHWH’s intervening a substitute sacrifice was provided (Genesis 22:12-13), that refers of course to the substitute sacrifice of Yeshua. Hebrews 11:19 says that Abraham received Isaac from the death. And when Paul became blind, he could see again after three days (Acts 9:9). This refers to spiritual sight of His truth, that gives new spiritual life.
It is His light that gives us spiritual sight. The (Living) Word is the life and the light for us (John 1:4). Yeshua is the Light of the world and He says that whomever follows Him shall have the light of life (John 8:12). This light refers to His truth again. His word of truth is a lamp unto our feet (Psalm 119:105). In Acts 20 Paul preached in an upper chamber. In vs 8 it says that there were many lights in the upper chamber. I believe this is a reference again to the light of the truth in our ‘upper chamber’. In this history a dead man became alive again as well. And the fall was from the ‘third’ floor. So here the number three is again connected with resurrection in new (spiritual) life.
Are you in your ‘right’ mind? Is His truth in your ‘upper room’, and which lies and delusions are causing spiritual death in your ‘upper room’?
* explained in my book