Exodus 40:33-35 - Then Moses set up the courtyard around the tabernacle and altar and put up the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard. And so Moses finished the work. Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud had settled upon it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
Ezekiel the prophet foretells, "Then the glory of the Lord departed from over the threshold of the temple and stopped above the cherubim. While I watched, the cherubim spread their wings and rose from the ground, and as they went, the wheels went with them. They stopped at the entrance to the east gate of the Lord’s house, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them. Ezekiel 10:18-19
Jerusalem would fall. The temple would be plundered, then destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC.
The returning Israelites begin to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and the temple (called the 2nd temple).
This is the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, the time of the writing of the book of Chronicles.
This temple lasted from 516 BC - 70 BC. At this point, Herod made modifications and expanded this temple.
John 14:15-17 - If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth.
John 14:23 - Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
The temple will now reside within us through the person of the Holy Spirit.
What can we learn?
God longs to dwell with his people.
God makes a way for people to come close and live with him.
Temple design and location is important to God.
God's glory fills and remains in the temple as his people keep his commands.
Temple maintenance (holy, healthy living) and temple practices (worship) are very important to God.
As Christians, we are now the temple of God. We are carriers of his glory. This is not just an individual focus. But, our community of Christians is the temple of God.
Holiness and worship brings the glory of God.