God’s Glory Tent
Imagine if one day, you discovered that God was going to come and visit your house! What do you think you’d do? Would you tidy up your room and clear away all the rubbish? Perhaps you’d hoover the carpet and set a vase of fresh flowers on the table?
During the time of Moses, God would come to meet with His people in a “Tabernacle.” The tabernacle was a bit like a portable tent which travelled with the Israelites from place to place. As the people worshipped and brought their sacrifices to God, His glory would come and fill the tabernacle, like a cloud. The tabernacle was a resting place for the presence of God.
Many years after Moses, a dream was born in the heart of King David. King David was a whole-hearted follower of God – “a man after God’s own heart”. David wanted to build a dwelling place for God. It would no longer be a portable tent, but a magnificent temple.
God was pleased with this idea – because God has always loved to meet with His people. But unfortunately, David was not the man for the job. The job was given to King David’s son – Solomon.
Look It Up!
The answer can be found in 1 Chronicles 22:7-8:
David said to Solomon, “My son, I had intended to build a house to the name of the Lord my God. But the word of the Lord came to me, saying “You have shed much blood and have waged great wars; you shall not build a house to My name, because you have shed so much blood on the earth before me.”
House of Gold!
So Solomon honoured God, and his father David by building the most incredible temple you can imagine! It was a bit like a treasure trove! It was a house of pure gold.
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Here are a few of the details, which you can read about in 1 Kings 6:
- First, cedar timbers were brought in on rafts from Lebanon to Palestine. It took 70,000 men to do this!
- Costly stones were quarried to lay the foundation of the house. It took 80,000 labourers to do this.
- All of the walls of the temple were overlaid with Cedar Wood, followed by pure gold!
- Even the floors were overlaid with pure gold!
- An incredibly intricate inner sanctuary was built to house the Ark of the Covenant. Everything within it was covered with pure gold!
- Two perfectly symmetrical Cherubim guarded the inner sanctuary. These magnificent creatures were carved out of Olive Wood with outspread wings spanning the width of the inner sanctuary and meeting perfectly in the middle. These too, were overlaid with pure gold.
- There were ornate carvings of cherubim, palm trees and open flowers engraved on the walls and inner doors. These carvings were overlaid with evenly applied gold.
- The altar, the table and the lamp-stands were made of gold.
- Even the door hinges of the inner sanctuary were made of gold!
Wow! This place must have been spectacular! This was a place for God’s glory to rest – so everything had to be absolutely perfect!
But here’s the really amazing part! God no longer wants to dwell in temples made of stone and wood and precious gold. This was just a foretaste – a kind of pattern for what was to come.
Read the following scriptures:
- Acts 7:46-48
David found favour in God’s sight, and asked that he might find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who built a house for Him. However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands…
- Revelation 21:3
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them.”
- 1 Corinthians 3:16
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
What do YOU think?
Where is God’s dwelling place on earth now? How does this make you feel?
- This is a mind-blowing truth! The Almighty God, who is totally holy and lives in unapproachable light, comes to make His dwelling place in us!
- Solomon built the temple to perfection – now, because of Jesus – the perfect Lamb of God, ordinary people, like you and me, have become the dwelling place of God!
- God’s house – the church, is not made of bricks and stones. The church is God’s people – we are described as ‘Living Stones’ who are being built into a dwelling place for God’s glory!
- We no longer have to wait for God’s presence to come down – we have it ALL the time! His glory will no longer be found in a place, but in His PEOPLE!
Read 1 Corinthians 3:10-15
Solomon built the temple with great precision and attention to detail. Even though we are made righteous by the blood of Jesus, God is still interested in the details of our lives. What kind of house will you build for the Lord? Ask Him to help you build well.
You were created to encounter God’s presence! You are a living stone, part of God’s house!