Posted by: SandreS | April 29, 2009

God’s Dwelling in the Tabernacle and the Temple

And let them make Me a sanctuary: that I may dwell among them (Exodus 25:8).

Many years after the fall, God came to dwell among man once again. He came to live among His chosen nation, Israel. He instructed them to build Him a dwelling place, which was called the tabernacle in its temporary form, and the temple in its more permanent version (I Kings 8:12-13). The tabernacle and temple were distinctly known as “the house of the Lord,” “the Lord’s house,” “the house of God” (II Chronicles 7:1-2, 5). That’s because that’s where God dwelt. It was His sanctuary from the world that was at enmity with Him.

Imagine it! The children of Israel had the True and Living God, the God of the universe as one of their national residents, one of their neighbors. They were able to boast that God dwelt among them! When folks would visit Jerusalem, they could be taken over by God’s house to see where the Eternal God lived. What a wonder! Can you imagine that? Could any sightseeing attraction of the world rival that? God was in Israel’s “neck of the woods.” What a blessed circumstance!

However, once again, through a “disastrous” turn of events – the many spiritual whoredoms of the children of Israel – this house became Ichabod”the glory is departed from Israel” (I Samuel 4:21-22).

Life in the presence of God was over!

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook


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