Friday, October 16, 2009

The True Temple

As we have been traveling through the David stories recently, Pastor has been pointing out all these ways that David looks like Jesus ... but not quite. And all these ways Solomon looks like Jesus ... but not quite. And in the last few days, all these ways the temple looked like Jesus ... but not quite.

Today's story (from 1 Kings 9) is God's response to Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the temple. God promises to be faithful to His covenant. He also promises that the line of David will continue as long as they do not go after other gods. But if they turn from following the Lord
the house which I have consecrated for My name will be cast out of My sight.... And as for this house, which is exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished by it and will hiss and say, "Why has the Lord done thus to this land and this house?" Then they will answer, "Because they forsook the Lord their God...."

Jesus, the true temple of the Lord, was destroyed because of the sin of the people. As He hung on the cross, people passed by and mocked. And why did it happen? Because God's people forsook the Lord their God and embraced other gods. Also, as a type of the true Temple, the temple in Jerusalem was raised up again after it had been destroyed.

From the Good Friday Old Testament reading: My Servant shall be exalted and extolled and be very high. Just as many were astonished at you so His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men.

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