His Holy Habitation

April 27, 2018

2 Chronicles 6:18-21

“But will God really dwell on earth with men? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! 19 Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, O LORD my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence. 20 May your eyes be open toward this temple day and night, this place of which you said you would put your Name there. May you hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place. 21 Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive.

 

His Holy Habitation

 

God will never fit in our box and He will never fit in the confines of our dwellings and structures no matter how glorious and majestic they are.  Solomon comprehended this truth when he built this temple and prayed this prayer.  Yet it stood as a representation and a manifestation of the Lord’s presence.  It was a type of God’s true temple where He indwells and manifests His glory.  Jesus Christ stood as God’s true temple in the earth.  He was not unlike the tabernacle in the wilderness in that was covered with badger skins.  Its glory and beauty was not in the outward, but in the inward.  That is where the Shekinah glory dwelt.

Jesus said it plainly when He drove the money changers out of the temple and the Jews demanded a sign that would show them that He had the authority to do this.  In John 2:19-22, “Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” 20The Jews replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.”

The tabernacle and the temple were a fundamental cornerstone of Jewish worship and religion.  It symbolized what God represented to them.  It was a place to direct their prayers and go to touch God.  What they knew in this structure of their temple was the closest thing they knew of true worship and approaching God.  Yet Jesus reveals a greater in His discourse with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well.  In John 4:19-24 the woman addresses this subject with Jesus, “”Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”  Jesus is revealing to her a profound truth of this time.  The temple and Jerusalem had stood as a type and shadow of the heavenly, which was to come and now stood in the presence of this woman.   He was teaching her that true religion and worship is not in a physical place, it is a condition of your heart and relationship.  We who have come to know Christ in relationship know Him as the true temple of God.  He ever liveth to make intercession on our behalf.  We have also come to know that Christ is no longer just the head Jesus, but also the body of believers that give their hearts to Him and put their trust in Him.  We, as the body of believers, make up this temple corporately and are His temples individually.  As 1 Peter 2:4-6 tells us, “As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— 5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

We, His people, who are called by His name are the New Jerusalem wherein dwells the manifest presence of God.  It is to this city that He will draw the nations as they come to worship Him.  As 1 Peter 2: 9-12 goes on to say, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  Revelations 5:9-10 also speaks to that temple which Christ has established, “And they sang a new song:

“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

Yes, Solomon built a glorious temple that was the pride of its people, but in all of its glory it can’t hold a candle to the glory of the temple that God has established in Christ Jesus and in those who He purchased by His blood.  We are the habitation of His worship, honor, glory and praise.  Let us never cease to be that expression in all that we live, and are and are becoming.

Blessings,

#kent

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