Have you heard the two ways of making ourselves acceptable before God? The first is to clean up our own act. Through our repentance we must wash ourselves in the cleansing blood of Jesus. We are to remove the evil deeds of our former way of life from our present life as a true Christian.
Does God Need A Temple? It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Primitive religions are replete with examples of buildings and shrines as a house or shrine to an idol or a god.
Animistic religionists believe that spirits live in trees, rocks, caves, or sacred groves. The Egyptians deified crocodiles, cats, cows, birds and beetles. The Greeks and Romans assigned to their gods splendid mansions and palaces as their dwelling places.
But the God revealed in the Bible is fundamentally different than the gods of the nations. He does not need houses or temples to dwell inthe entire universe is God's house, "the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him" and His infinite Spirit can not apparently be confined in any way to man-made dwelling places: Thus says the LORD: All these things my hand has made, and so all these things are mine, says the LORD.
But this is the man to whom I will look, he that is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word. Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him?
Do I not fill heaven and earth? So he argued in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the market place every day with those who chanced to be there. Some also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers met him.
And some said, "What would this babbler say? And they took hold of him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new teaching is which you present? For you bring some strange things to our ears; we wish to know therefore what these things mean.
So Paul, standing in the middle of the Areopagus, said: The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything.
And he made from one man, i. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man Jesus whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead.
God Himself, at Mount Sinai gave Moses specific instructions concerning the building of a remarkable tent, or tabernacle, in which, He, the Most High God would dwell: And let them make me a sanctuary [Hebrew, miqdosh, sanctuary, i. According to all that I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle [mishkan, dwelling-place.
This word gives rise to the Hebrew Shekinah which denotes the personal presence of the Divine God], and of all its furniture, so you shall make it And see that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain.
Incidentally, in the New Testament 1 Cor. And I will make my abode among you, and my soul shall not abhor you.
And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be my people. I am the LORD your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves; and I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.
Would you build me a house to dwell in? I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?
And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies.
When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He Messiah shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever.
His son Solomon was given the actual task. Yet even Solomon recognized that God could scarcely be contained in a stone building: Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!
That God approved of this building and accepted it as his house is more than evident from the record of the temple dedication service recorded in 2 Chronicles:what is the best way to worship god?
a sermon originally delivered at the federated church of athens. 4 february by frank l.
hoffman, pastor. 4. One Heartbeat At a Time (Medium Key Performance Track Without Background Vocals). The need and value of written prayers for public worship, with a menu to a range of model prayers for services of worship, including those from the Book of Common Prayer.
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