The LORD opens the chapter with a metaphor and a question in verse 1:
“Heaven is My throne,
And earth is My footstool.
Where is the house that you will build Me?
And where is the place of My rest?
The metaphor shows just how big and how absolutely sovereign God is.
Even though God is everywhere, His temple has been and will be physically rebuilt. God doesn’t NEED a temple, but He has man build them anyway. His temple is a focal point for the world that points to Him.
“Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, but has come from a far country for Your name’s sake (for they will hear of Your great name and Your strong hand and Your outstretched arm), when he comes and prays toward this temple, hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, that all peoples of the earth may know Your name and fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this temple which I have built is called by Your name.
A quick story about that: Two Gentile friends of mine, twin brothers as a matter of fact, have cut the holes in their living spaces as well. One of the twins asked an orthodox Jewish friend of his, "How many Christians do this?" The friend looked them both in the eye and said he knew of two. I wish I were brave enough to cut a hole in my living room wall. One of these days...
(Don’t be messing with our customs! That makes people mad.)
|Stoning of Stephen|
But that does not mean that there is no future place for a physical temple, because a new era is coming upon us soon. God allowed the second temple to be destroyed toward the beginning of this current age we are living in - the era of the gospel going to the ends of the earth. The destruction of the second temple happened in 70 AD; about 40 years after the Messiah was crucified and risen.
But guess what? Israel is back in the land today. And the scriptures say that when the Messiah comes again, there will be a temple in
Ok, all that and we have covered one verse.
And all those things exist,” Says the LORD.
“But on this one will I look:
On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,
And who trembles at My word.
‘Let the LORD be glorified,
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