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The Temple – Part 2
BIBLE NERD GIRL ALERT! ❤️
First let me say, the tabernacle and the temple reveal God’s desire for relationship with His people.
Understanding how central these buildings were to Old Testament worship and New Testament symbolism, understanding the roles they played, understanding the way they were made, their function to Old Testament worship, and seeing the differences between them SHEDS light on so much of our Christian faith.
We better understand who we are when we understand these structures.
Consider that even before the tabernacle, there was the Garden of Eden, which in itself was a type of temple. God’s presence filled the Garden… He walked there with Adam and Eve.
The function of a sanctuary or temple is God dwelling among His people.
There are incredible differences between the portable tabernacle God initiated with Moses and the building of Solomon’s Temple and later Herod’s Temple.
One startling difference I had not realized until recently was that God was not involved in the temple, per say. He does not initiate the construction of the temple, give any input, or oversee the construction.
Instead of being dominated by God and His verbal directions (as was in the building of the tabernacle with Moses) , the temple construction story is dominated by King Solomon and 2 Canaanites for Tyre.
We see the weight of Scripture shifts in New Testament to Christ as the ultimate fulfillment of the many promises that God will dwell with man … relationship…
This can only happen because Jesus has made us holy… because of what Jesus has done…
A baby in a manger… Emmanuel… God with us…