Rejoice for God Has A Dwelling Place

September 29 is the anniversary of the date that King Solomon began the dedication of the finished Tabernacle. The building of the first Temple, known as Solomon’s Temple, was completed in 833 BC. The celebration recorded in I Kings 8, was a tremendous event. Countless sacrifices, rejoicing, and feasting over a 14-day period. The people of God gave themselves in heartfelt worship through singing, dancing and music. The climax of the dedication occurred when the shekinah presence of God showed up. A cloud filled the sanctuary and the glory of God was so great that the priest literally fell to the ground.

This Temple was destroyed, and a second Temple, built by King Herod, was also destroyed, leaving the Jewish confused and searching for answers. The quest Can be seen in this quote from a piece written by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of Lubavitch.

“Divinity was primarily revealed in the Beis HaMikdash, (the Holy Tabernacle) as it is written, “And they shall make Me a sanctuary and I shall dwell within them.” Significantly, the last Hebrew word of the verse is not, as expected, betocho [which would mean “within it”], but betocham, which means “within them” – for God craves a dwelling place within each individual Jew.”

The Rabbi is referring to Exodus 25:8, where the Lord is speaking to Moses about the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. He was not the first to grasp the full meaning of God’s words spoken that day so long ago. In the first century, the Apostle Paul had already made this connection when he wrote to the Corinthian church. “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (2Co 6:16)

The Rabbi failed to recognize that God has already acquired what he expressed to Moses. According to Paul this prophecy is fulfilled every time a man or woman is “Born Again.” If you have been baptized in Jesus Name and have received the Holy Ghost, then you are literally a tabernacle of the living God. If the first Tabernacle, made by men, was met with such a display of excitement by both men and God, how should we respond when God inhabits a tabernacle made by Himself? Rejoice that your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life!

Pastor Alton Thornhill