The temple was dedicated to the LORD in the “feast of the seventh month:” this was the feast of Tabernacles. Historically, this feast commemorated how Israel needed to dwell in tents (tabernacles) in the wilderness after they departed from Egypt. Prophetically, the feast foretells when God will fully tabernacle on the entire earth with His people. Revelation 21:3 says, “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.” In Christ, we are seated in heavenly places now; we are one spirit with Him, and He desires to manifest Himself in the earth through us. The temple that Solomon constructed was made from stone (symbolic of God’s people), but filled with gold and having gold Cherubim inside (symbolic of the kingdom of heaven and God dwelling amongst us). When the temple was finished and put in order God’s glory filled the temple. The Lord is building His church and He will put all things in order that He can dwell amongst us in the fullness of His glory.
The was an awesome purpose for the greatness of the glory of God’s temple and a purpose Solomon asked for his prayer to be answered: 1 Kings 8:60 says, “that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God; there is no other.”
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan