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Cleansing the House of God

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Early references to the House of God

Ge 28:16–17 “house of God” was first used by Jacob to commemorate the place where he met with God; Ge 28:19 “Bethel” means “house of God”.
See also Ge 28:22
Genesis 28:22 ESV

and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”

The Tabernacle as the House of God

The Tabernacle was referred to as such before its construction

Exodus 23:19 ESV

“The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring into the house of the LORD your God.

“You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.

See also Ex 34:26

In the wilderness God said he would dwell with his people in the Tabernacle

Exodus 25:8–9 ESV

And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst. Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.

How did Isreal know how to build a sanctuary that God would dwell in? They only know the correct way because God gave them the pattern

God’s presence came and dwelt in the Tabernacle when it was completed

Exodus 40:33–34 ESV

And he erected the court around the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the screen of the gate of the court. So Moses finished the work.

Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

When did the cloud cover the tent and when did the glory of the Lord fill the tabernacle? Only after Moses obediently finished the work/ pattern
See also Ex 40:35–38
Exodus 40:35–38 ESV

And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the LORD was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.

The Temple as the permanent House of God

David’s desire to build the Lord a permanent House

2 Samuel 7:1–2 ESV

Now when the king lived in his house and the LORD had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.”

This was not the Lord’s Will for David

2 Sa 7:5–7; 2 Sa 7:12–13
See also Ac 7:45–47
Acts 7:45–47 ESV

Our fathers in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our fathers. So it was until the days of David, who found favor in the sight of God and asked to find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who built a house for him.

Solomon builds the Temple in Jersualem

1 Ki 5:4–5; 1 Ki 6:1–2

God’s presence dwelt there but was conditional upon the faithfulness of the people

1 Kings 8:10–13 ESV

And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD.

Then Solomon said, “The LORD has said that he would dwell in thick darkness. I have indeed built you an exalted house, a place for you to dwell in forever.”

See also 1 Ki 9:6–9
1 Kings 9:6–9 ESV

But if you turn aside from following me, you or your children, and do not keep my commandments and my statutes that I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land that I have given them, and the house that I have consecrated for my name I will cast out of my sight, and Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples. And this house will become a heap of ruins. Everyone passing by it will be astonished and will hiss, and they will say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?’ Then they will say, ‘Because they abandoned the LORD their God who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt and laid hold on other gods and worshiped them and served them. Therefore the LORD has brought all this disaster on them.’ ”

Did the Isrealites keep the conditions of God's commands? No, they did not keep God's commands and the Temple was destroyed

Zerubbabel’s Temple referred to as the House of God

Ezra 1:5 ESV

Then rose up the heads of the fathers’ houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up to rebuild the house of the LORD that is in Jerusalem.

The returning exiles begin rebuilding the Temple:

Ezr 2:68; Ezr 3:8–9; Ezr 3:11; Ezr 4:24; Ezr 5:2; Ezr 5:13; Ezr 5:16–17

Ezra’s reforms:

Ezr 10:1; Ezr 10:6; Ezr 10:9
Ne 6:10; Ne 8:16; Ne 10:32; Ne 10:34–38; Ne 11:11; Ne 11:22; Ne 12:40

Nehemiah’s reforms:

Ne 13:9; Ne 13:11; Ne 13:14

Other names given to the House of God

Sanctuary

Exodus 25:8 ESV

And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst.

House of prayer

Mt 21:13; Is 56:7
Matthew 21:13 ESV

He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”

Isaiah 56:7 ESV

these I will bring to my holy mountain,

and make them joyful in my house of prayer;

their burnt offerings and their sacrifices

will be accepted on my altar;

for my house shall be called a house of prayer

for all peoples.”

God’s dwelling-place

Acts 7:45–47 ESV

Our fathers in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our fathers. So it was until the days of David, who found favor in the sight of God and asked to find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who built a house for him.

The need for due reverence in worship

Ecclesiastes 5:1 ESV

Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil.

The House of God under the New Covenant

In the hearts of God’s people

1 Co 3:16; Ga 4:6
1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

Galatians 4:6 ESV

And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

See also Ac 7:48; Ac 17:24; 1 Co 6:19; 2 Co 1:22; 2 Co 6:16; Eph 3:17
Where does God dwell today? In the hearts of His people
How do we know how to build the sanctuary that God will dwell in? We must follow the pattern He has given us Ex. 25:8-9

In the church, the body of Christ

Hebrews 3:6 ESV

but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.

See also Eph 2:19–22; 1 Pe 2:4–5
Ephesians 2:19–22 ESV

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

1 Peter 2:4–5 ESV

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

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