Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 40:28-41:26 (additional reading: Psalm 118:19-29 & Proverbs 28:3-5)
Throughout their ordeals as a nation the Jews have recognized three Temples – They were: 1. Solomon’s, 2. Herod’s and 3. Messiah’s.
However, we read this in the book of Exodus chapter 15, “17 You will bring them in and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which You have made for Your own dwelling, the sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established. 18 “The LORD shall reign forever and ever.” This first dwelling place was a temporary home for our Lord’s presence. Once in the land then a permanent structure could be built.
The first Temple was built by King Solomon as 2 Chronicles 3 tells us, this is the one that was destroyed. Hundreds of years later, in the New Testament, in order to try to please the Jews Herold went on a massive building spree. He enlarged the Temple mount and the Temple itself, thus giving record as this remodeled Temple being credited under his name. In 70 AD, the Roman army destroyed the city and this remodeled Temple.
But then we have the temple that God builds. A dwelling place in the hearts of His people which will never be destroyed. While outwardly, you may not have the beauty of splendour of Solomon’s or Herold’s temple. Inwardly, as God’s children, we have something much better.
What does it mean to you to know that God has decided to dwell with you?