58. We are God's Temple

The Tabernacle of God has been built and all the duties of the priests and the people have been assigned to them. I think a lot can be said about the Tabernacle and God willing I will one day write about the significance and symbolism of the Tabernacle and subsequently the Temple of God. But for now I would just like to highlight one thing.

The Tabernacle was hundreds of years later replaced by the Temple of God. Solomon had the privilege of building God's first Temple. And what a Temple it was! I think never in the history of mankind has there been a building like this. For the construction for the Temple, David donated 112 tons of gold and 262 tons of refined silver, and on top of that, the people donated 188 tons of gold, 10 000 gold coins, 375 tons of silver, 675 tons of bronze and 3 750 tons of iron. Can you imagine that? It is too much to comprehend for me! And to build this Temple Solomon employed 30 000 laborers to fetch the cedar and cypress timber from Lebanon, he also enlisted 70 000 common laborers, 80 000 stone cutters and 3 600 foremen to supervise the work. Wow, can you imagine co-ordinating basically 183 600 people on one project? I battle to co-ordinate 8 in my husband's business, never mind 183 600!! You can most definitely see a Divine Hand here in ensuring that His home gets built and gets built right. And to top it off, at the dedication of the Temple Solomon sacrificed 22 000 oxen and 120 000 sheep to God. What a dedication! I cannot even begin to comprehend it!

And today God calls us His Temple. We are now His Temple.

'We are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Jesus Christ Himself. We who believe are carefully joined together, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.' Ephesians 2:20, 21

'Come to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God's Temple. He was rejected by the people, but He is precious to God who chose Him. And now God is building you, as living stones, into His spiritual temple.' 1 Peter 2:4, 5

How amazing that God considers us worthy enough to be His Temple here on earth! He traded the magnificence of Solomon's Temple for us. He chose to rather use us, than a physical Temple. And I realized this morning, that one of the reasons why the Temple was so glorious was to show us how glorious we are. We are truly glorious, because God's Spirit lives within us. We need to shine and attract people to God's Temple and therefore we are not allowed to look down upon ourselves and to frown at our appearance. No, we should shine and glitter like gold and silver for all to see.

Plus another thing I learned was that in Solomon's day, people had to go to the Temple to worship God. But today, we as the Temple, go to the people. In other words, no matter where you are today you must walk in the realization that you are the Temple of God going out to the people. So if you are standing in a queue, you are the Temple, if you are sitting in a waiting room, you are the Temple, if you are at work, you are the Temple, if you are out in a restaurant, you are the Temple and so I can go on. And when you have a deep revelation of that, you will be able to make a difference to the people around you. I heard of an old lady that had such a revelation of this, that she believed that merely by touching someone, she could bring healing/restoration. After all the woman suffering from hemorrhage for 12 years merely touched Jesus and she was healed. And we are the Body of Christ walking this earth and the same can be true of us.

Think about this and realize what is true of you. You can make a difference merely by your presence. Believe it and you will see the impact it can have.

Thank you God that You deemed us worthy enough to be Your Temple here on earth. Thank you for the privilege. Please help us to have revelation of it and to walk in Your truth. In Jesus Name. Amen

1 comment for “58. We are God's Temple”

  1. Gravatar of HenriHenri
    Posted Friday, 12 July 2013 at 8:12:18 PM

    Thank you for this perspective. We often tend to denigrate ourselves and in turn denigrate God. Forgive us Father!

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