Today’s thought “God not living in houses” (April 29)

In the readings of yesterday and the day before yesterday we could see how the apostles got themselves in trouble by talking about Jesus and doing wonders in the name of God.

In yesterdays reading (Acts 6) we read how the religious leaders called false witnesses to be able to punish those followers of Christ. The high priest, we read in today’s reading (Acts 7) questioned if all those things which they had heard were true. This chapter gives a good short review of what we can find in the Old Testament, about the people of God, how they had troublesome days but also how God was with them and helped them to get out of difficult situations.

Chapter 7 of the Acts of the Apostles also speaks of a “Tent of Testimony” that the people were to erect in accordance with the commandment that Jehovah God had given after what God had shown Moses.

The tabernacle at St Raphael’s Cathedral in Dubuque, Iowa, placed on the old high altar of the cathedral (cf. General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 315, a)

To this day there are church organisations that would have their members believe that in the front of their church is a holy niche, or tabernacle, in which God would dwell. They use the same name as what the Jews called the ‘Tent of Meeting’ (or dwelling place), and what Jews and Jeshuaists still call their place of meeting.
The Bible does speak of providing a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. Thus we hear that Solomon went about building such a place for God.

Also, the man in God’s favour (a man after God’s own heart), David, whom God had taken away from the sheep to become the leader of God’s People of Israel, had asked if he could build a house for God, a permanent home in the midst of the People of Israel. David thought to himself that after all the trouble he had gone through, he should find a place where his God could live. A dwelling place for the mighty God of Jacob.

But when Jehovah finally gave peace and Israel was no longer at war with the surrounding nations, David was told by the prophet Nathan not to build a stone house for God, because the God of Israel never dwelt in a temple. To the early Hebrews, His house had been a tent since the time He brought Israel out of Egypt. Never did Jehovah ask why they had not built a beautiful cedar temple for Him. (2Sa 7:1-7 8)

“1  And it came to pass, when the king dwelt in his house, and Jehovah had given him rest from all his enemies round about, 2 that the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains. 3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thy heart; for Jehovah is with thee.

4  And it came to pass the same night, that the word of Jehovah came unto Nathan, saying, 5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith Jehovah, Shalt thou build me a house for me to dwell in? 6 for I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. 7 In all places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel, spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to be shepherd of my people Israel, saying, Why have ye not built me a house of cedar?”

“Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be prince over my people, over Israel;” (2Sa 7:1-8 ASV)

However, the message of God from the heavenly armies was given to David that as the leader of God’s People Israel, he would give them a land of their own, in which the heathen nations would no longer trouble them, as in the days when the judges ruled His people. When David would die, one of his own sons would be placed on David’s throne by God. He is the one who would build a temple for God. That is what happened, and it became a house to which Jehovah God attached His name.

To this day, we see that God caused all the descendants of David to become kings of Israel, even though Jesus is not yet recognised as such by everyone. But he, too, will come to administer that kingship, which will not falter anymore.

So Solomon built a house for God and his kingship would last forever. And he who came into the world in the line of David would be God Almighty’s Father, while that ‘seed of David’ would be a son to God. Hereby God also made known that He would never turn away His grace from him. That seed of David would be made king by God in His house and in His kingdom for ever and he will sit on the throne for ever.

While Jesus will come to sit here on earth, we must know that Jehovah, the God of Jesus, will continue to sit where He has always sat, namely in heaven. For there is indisputably the abode of the One True God. Nothing from human hands can make anything better than what God Himself has created.

Jehovah dwells in His holy temple and there He sits on the throne in the heavens, where His eyes see and judge all that man does.

“Jehovah is in his holy temple; Jehovah, his throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.” (Ps 11:4 ASV)

“47 But Solomon built him a house. 48 Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in [houses] made with hands; as saith the prophet, 49 The heaven is my throne, And the earth the footstool of my feet: What manner of house will ye build Me? saith the Lord: Or what is the place of my rest? 50 Did not my hand make all these things?” (Ac 7:47-50 ASV)

It is also in that heaven that one can now find Jesus at God’s right hand.

“55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 56 and said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God.” (Ac 7:55-56 ASV)

For many, in these times, it can take a long time before they shall come to recognise, as did the Israelites did in the old times, that God is willing to be with those who recognise and worship Him. God can and must be found here on earth inbetween our midst.

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Nederlandse versie / Dutch version: De gedachte van vandaag “God woont niet in huizen” (29 april)

en hetzelfde onderwerp behandelende artikel: Een woonplaats voor God

Preceding

God spoke to our forefathers and speaks to us

Memorizing wonderfully 13 Elija, Elisha, Mordecai, Job, chariots and a house for God

Memorizing wonderfully 25 Tabernacle of David Out of Bethlehem

Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #2 Instructions and Laws

Today’s thought “Folly and Wickedness of Men” (January 06)

Today’s thought “God spoke all these words” (February 15)

Today’s thought “As it has been shown …” (February 16)

Today’s thought “Until I find a place for …” (March 16)

Today’s thought “Counted worthy to suffer dishonour” (April 25)

Today’s thought “You stiff necked people” (April 30)

Todays tought (June 2) Repenting whilst eagerly waiting for Christ’s return

Today’s thought “Your name will be magnified forever” (July 22)

Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion

What is the Kingdom of God?

Church buildings having become a liability

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Additional reading

  1. Main verses in the Bible telling us Who God is #3 The Set apart or holy One faithful and righteous God
  2. Uniqueness of God
  3. Unchanging God
  4. God’s Self-Revelation
  5. Real God
  6. Only One God
  7. Attitudes to God
  8. Attributes to God
  9. Main verses in the Bible telling us Who God is #8 Some more attributes of God
  10. Character of God
  11. Jehovah strength, armour and refuge
  12. Knowing God
  13. Knowing Jesus Rabboni
  14. Reasons that Jesus is Not God
  15. Jesus begotten Son of God #10 Coming down spirit or flesh seed of Eve
  16. Jesus son of God
  17. Jesus son of God or God the son
  18. Jesus Christ the Messiah
  19. One Mediator
  20. Jesus Christ, his Mission, Life and Work
  21. Seeing Jesus
  22. Memorizing wonderfully 31 Son of David and God’s Kingdom
  23. Additional verses to memorize Philippians 2:6-9 + Luke 22:42 Jesus not regarding equality with God
  24. Authority from the One God to one mediator between God and men
  25. Additional readings to Matthew 22:41-46
  26. Nazarene Commentary Luke 2:41-50 – Twelve Year Old Jesus in the Temple
  27. Matthew 12:1-8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Something Greater than the Temple
  28. Creator and Blogger God 11 Old and New Blog 1 Aimed at one man
  29. Creation of the earth and man #6 Of the Sabbath day #4 Mosaic codes, Sabbaths and Sunday
  30. Covenants
  31. Atonement And Fellowship 6/8
  32. Moshe Rabbenu and Torat Moshe
  33. The Golden Altar
  34. Bamidbar (In the Wilderness)
  35. Biblical Prayer at Tabernacle Site Shilo
  36. The Fallen Sukkah of David
  37. God loving people justified
  38. A House for God in our 21st century
  39. The false prophets in the present world
  40. God’s Promises
  41. God’s coming reign
  42. Heaven
  43. Hope for the future
  44. Heaven, Paradise, and Heavenly Places
  45. Kingdom of God – What will it be like

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Related

  1. Where is the treasury of the house of the LORD (YHWH)?
  2. God’s Dwelling Place
  3. God’s House
  4. House of God
  5. Tabernacle
  6. The Earthly Taberancle
  7. Tabernacle and Temple
  8. Tabernacle, Holy of Holies
  9. TLIC Ddaily – day 33 – February 2 – Sanctuary tabernacle
  10. TLIC Family-day 33. February 2: Tabernacle
  11. Dwelling Place
  12. a dwelling place
  13. The Dwelling Place
  14. When God Dwells
  15. Cherish His Dwelling Place (It’s You!)
  16. A Little Thing Called a Tabernacle
  17. Bible Theology Class 7: The Tabernacle (Temple Theology)
  18. Sunday Morning 2/20: Unit 5, Session 4: The People Built the Tabernacle
  19. Inhabit: God Dwells Among His People
  20. Was Aaron Supposed to Build the Tabernacle? – 5782 Vayakhel Aliyah by Aliyah
  21. Beckett: Pastoral Thoughts – Why All This Detail about the Construction of the Tabernacle? (Exodus 26-27)
  22. Details Matter (Bible Ponderings#2)
  23. The Temple Maker
  24. Quick Note – Numbers 1:53 – Around the Tabernacle
  25. #19- Terumah (Ex 25:1-27:19)
  26. Exodus 25:2 Heart Prompted Giving
  27. Exodus 26:33 A Curtain To Separate
  28. Exodus 27:21 Evening, Morning
  29. Vayak’hel (Exodus 35:1 – 38:20)
  30. Exodus 36:8 Meaningful Colors
  31. #23 Pekudei (Ex 38:21-40:38)
  32. The Eighth Day of What? – 5782 Shemini Aliyah by Aliyah
  33. How can I abide in Your tabernacle?
  34. The Shelter
  35. Psalm 151 – how do I obtain top level clearance to God – part 2
  36. Yisro 5752: Dwelling-Place and the One Who Dwells There
  37. My Secret Hiding Place
  38. Friday Morning Scripture (Wk48/2021) – Psalm 19
  39. Friday Morning Scripture (Wk47/2021) – Psalm 90
  40. Isaiah 11
  41. The 144,000 Rule As Kings – The inheritance of David
  42. The Great Reveal: Our Epic Journey Through Time, Space and Eternity – Part 27

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