The temple in the Old Testament was a huge deal. The reasoning was because it was a place for God’s Spirit, essentially, to go. This is why people had been careful about who approached the temple, and who didn’t.
David actually wanted to build the temple for God, but because David had been in so many violent battles, God wanted someone who had clean hands. This, someone, was David’s son, Solomon.
There are books in the Bible, in the Old Testament, dedicated to the temple’s construction, items, gatekeepers, etc. Such as 1 Chronicles, Ezra, and Ezekiel. Needless to say, it was very particular and detailed work of art.
Which makes complete sense because this was where God would go. This was a way for Him to still be among His people, just like how He used to walk with a man at the beginning of creation.
Problems with God’s People
There were a couple of problems with the temple. First, it took many centuries for it to happen. There were countless times, God was telling the prophet, “I protected you, and you have your homes, but where is Mine?”
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(NIV) Haggai 1:02-04, ” This is what the LORD Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the LORD’s house.’ Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”
The second issue is that people became focused on rituals, routines, words, and decorations. The whole point of the temple was so that focus would be on God. It was a way for them to be with Him.
But this was not so.
Following the Law was performed?
Wearing the correct garments were worn?
But connection with God?
It didn’t exist.
The Pharisees and Sadducees were too focused on everything, except God.
So throughout the Old Testament, we start having prophecies about the Lamb. Jesus Christ. Even when God’s own people didn’t listen to Him, He still provided Grace.
And that was salvation through Jesus Christ.
(NIV) Titus 2:11, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.”
But weren’t we talking about the temple?”
Yes, we were.
(NLT) Galatians 2:20, “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Jesus fulfilled the final sacrifice of sin. No burnt sacrifices were needed anymore. He died and He resurrected fulfilling scripture and prophecy. Jesus tightened our bond to God becoming the tie between us.
(NIV) John 14:06-07, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you really know Me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.”
Where Is The Temple
What God did was show us mercy and grace.
What Jesus did was that He became the sacrifice giving us salvation.
Through Christ alone, we can receive the Holy Spirit who convicts us of sin, righteousness, and the judgment to come. (John 16)
Therefore, the temple of God is inside each and every one of us.
(NLT) 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”
It isn’t about being fancy in garments, decorated in jewels, standing in the midst of people showing off, or rebuking others.
It is about living our lives with Christ, allowing the Holy Spirit to cleanse us from within.
Showing everyone our God who lives in us.
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