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Christ is the Temple

Posted on June 12, 2013 by Alexander
Jesus on the cross in front of the temple.

Solomon’s temple was a type of Christ.

Joh 4:19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
Joh 4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
Joh 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Joh 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

The Samaritan woman asked a question that had been a controversy for many years. Israel was told by Yahweh:

(Deu 12:5) But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:

But when Jeroboam split from Judah, he established a new place in Samaria so the northern kingdom would not be tempted to return to Jerusalem (1 Kings 12:26 – 29).  This was why the Samaritan woman asked Jesus her question.  The first place that Yahweh chose was Shiloh (Josh. 18:1).  But the sons of Eli the High Priest at Shiloh became profane before the Lord so the Lord ended their priesthood (1 Sam. 2:34-36) and removed the place of worship.  This was devastating because Shiloh was used to confirm their victories in battle.  When Solomon built the Temple in Jerusalem he dedicated it to Yahweh, which according to his prayer, was accepted by Yahweh .

That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place.  (I Kings 8:29)

But because of the transgressions of the Jews, it, too, was destroyed as Shiloh was destroyed (Jer. 7).   During the interim after the place of worship was destroyed in Shiloh by Yahweh and the building of the Temple by Solomon, Israel sought alternative locations for worshiping (that is, to offer sacrifices), so they used the high places that were created for the pagan deities (1 Kings 3:2).  As Solomon intermarried with the daughters of the surrounding kingdoms for political expediency, he brought worship to the high places along side the pagan sacrifices (1 Kings 3:3). It was a natural command of Jeroboam to encourage the northern kingdom of Israel to offer sacrifice in the high places, to further ensure that Israel did not return to Jerusalem to worship Yahweh (1 Kings 12:31 & 32).  It is also natural that after the Jews were expelled from Judea into the Babylonian captivity that they would set up their synagogues as alternative places of worship.  A system that had continued during the time of Christ and unto today.

Shiloh became a messianic term because of the prophecy that Jacob gave his son Judah on his deathbed.

The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. (Gen 49:10)

Shiloh is a transliteration of the Hebrew word and means, “tranquil” or “peaceful” and relates to the word shalom.  Likewise, Jerusalem in Hebrew is a combination of words that means, “to rain peace”.   Jesus, after turning over the vendor tables that sold doves, was asked what sign would he show to back up his authority for disrupting the vending booths.

Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. (Joh 2:19)

John tells us that He was referring to his own body as the Temple (John 2:21). The place that Yahweh has chosen for His worship is in the Temple of the Prince of Peace, that is, Jesus.   To worship in any other place is unacceptable. The victory found in Shiloh was found in Yahweh, who later became the man, Yah-shua, (Yeshua), that is Jesus, which means, “Yahweh is salvation”.   The Temple stood in front of the Samaritan woman at the well.

After the death and resurrection of Christ, Paul said to the Corinthians,

(1Co 3:16)  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Did the temple change? No. Christ is the Temple. However, He expanded His own life into all who receive Him as their Lord and Savior into their hearts. He is the chief cornerstone (Eph. 2:20) and we are living stones built up into a spiritual house (1 Pet. 2:5). The tabernacle (upon which Solomon’s temple was an expansion) had to be built according to the pattern that God showed Moses on Mt. Sinai (Ex. 25:40 and Heb. 8:5) because it was a picture or type of Christ. Before the Temple was built Israel was forbidden to carve rocks into building blocks, but had to make their altars from natural stones (Ex. 20:25) because the artifice of man was not to be used in God’s temple. Instead living stones created by God, that is people, were to be added to the temple, that is Jesus. Orthodox Jews today still believe that Messiah is to build the temple. They err in thinking that means the 3rd temple of carved stone. Messiah has already built his temple, the body of Christ.  And anyone who wants to worship Yahweh has only one place that He chose, his living temple, believer in Christ.  Going to a building called a church will not bring you to God.  It is in meeting the people who gather in that building is where God is found.  And they are found everywhere.

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