For I have not lived in a house since the day I brought out Israel to this very day, but I have lived in a tent and a tabernacle.—1 Chronicles 17:5
King David’s vision to build a permanent house for God found its fulfillment when his son King Solomon constructed the First Temple in Jerusalem. Solomon and all the congregation of Israel assembled before the house of the LORD. After numerous sacrifices had been offered, the priests carried the ark of the covenant to its place within the inner sanctuary of the temple, in the most holy place. When the priests came out of the holy place, a cloud filled the house so that the priests could not stand to minister “forthe glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD.”
But sadly, the sin of Israel divided her into two kingdoms. This division weakened the nation and doomed her to exile. The presence of God departed from the First Temple, and the Babylonians destroyed the holy house that Solomon had built along with the city of Jerusalem. So, the glory of the LORD occupied the First Temple for a season and then abandoned it to its destruction.
While the prophets of old had promised that the presence of God would again dwell with his people, they had no clue as to how this monumental promise would be fulfilled in the future.
After a time, another king called Herod came along and rebuilt the temple. Although he greatly enlarged the original Second Temple with a large retaining wall, Scripture never mentioned the glory of God entering the Holy of Holies. Instead, the glory of God embodied in Jesus entered another temple—a temple that was not made with human hands and filled humanity.
First Filipino American United Church of Christ
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San Bruno, California
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