Temple of God
“Now it came about in the four hundred and eightieth year after the sons of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the Lord.” (I Kings 6:1)
After 480 years after leaving Egypt, the Israelites began construction on the house or temple of God. Prior to the construction, it was on David’s heart to build God a permanent house instead of worshiping God at the tent-like tabernacle. However, God said to David “8…You have shed much blood and have made great wars; you shall not build a house for My name sake, because you have shed much blood on the earth in My sight. 9 Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies all around. His name shall be Solomon…” (1 Chronicles 22:8-9).
Although God did not ask for a house to be built for him “16Since the day that I brought My people Israel from Egypt, I did not choose a city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house that My name might be there…(I Kings 8:16), He was pleased that David wanted to build him a house. He takes His house very seriously. So seriously that He forbade David from building His house due to the blood that David shed and allowed David’s son Solomon, a man of peace, to build the house.
Since one of God’s attributes is His omnipresence, having the ability of being everywhere at the same time, and there is no longer a temple or house of God, then does God need a place to live? If so, where does God live? It says in I Corinthians 6:19-20 “19Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God and you are not your own? 20For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
We have to understand that as Christians, our body belongs to the Lord, is a member of the Christ, and is the temple of the Holy Spirit’s. Every act of sin (adultery, sexual immorality, fornication, blasphemy, lying, murder, etc.) is committed by the believer's temple where God dwells. These actions must grieve our Lord. In the old testament, only the High Priest was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies in the temple once a year to atone for the sin of the people and that was only after he was extensively clean (Leviticus 16). As Paul said “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1).
If you are struggling with a sin, whether it be long-term or short-term, you are sinning in the presence and house of the Lord. Only through the blood of Christ, will your body and God’s temple be cleansed. I encourage you brothers and sisters, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice to die daily to yourself and your will. Replace your will with the will of the Lord and you will see the blessings of God flowing down to you.
Fellow Bond Servant in Christ – Daryl Kas