The temple was the center of ancient Jewish life. It was originally God’s dwelling place among His people. Beginning with the pillars of cloud and fire in the wilderness, to the mercy seat above the Ark of the Covenant in the tabernacle, God finally dwelt in a house He allowed King Solomon to build. After the glory days of his and His father’s rule, the story of the temple takes a tragic turn. By the first century and the time of the replacement temple built by Herod, God no longer would dwell there because they had turned it from God’s house into their own. Jesus, shortly before His crucifixion, and a few years before the final destruction the of the temple said: “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.” Why did God abandon His dwelling? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we look at the warning in this statement for the ancient Israelites and for us today.
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