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seek to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and   sphere of the home, especially in a world
        make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil   of Zoom where the distinction may be
        the lusts thereof” (Rom 13:14).       blurred and the uniqueness of Christ in

        The Holy Presence                     our midst is lost.
          When Aaron went within the veil once   A Holy Measurement
        a year on the Day of Atonement, he put   Mount Moriah is considered the third
        off his high priestly garments so that there   most “holy” site in Islam, but not accord-
        was nothing of outward glory. As we go   ing to God’s “golden standard.” Moriah is
        into the holy presence of God, we too must   holy because God chose it, marked it out
        be stripped of self and cleansed from any   in Genesis 22, and the full price was paid
        defilement of the flesh. When Isaiah saw   by David for the site in 2 Samuel 24:22. The
        the pre-incarnate glory of Christ, he heard   huge brazen altar dominating the entrance
        the “golden standard” from the seraphim,   to the temple impressed any visitor that
        “Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts”   this was a people who sacrificed unto one
        (Isa 6:3). He responded, “Woe is me! for   God. When people come among us they
        I am undone; because I am a man of un-  should be aware of how much we love to
        clean lips” (v5). Paul exhorts Timothy, “I   preach, pray and proclaim the death of
        will therefore that men pray everywhere,   Christ. The measurement of the altar was
        lifting up holy hands, without wrath and   20 cubits square, the exact size of the most
        doubting” (1Ti 2:8). God’s holy presence   holy place, teaching us that the demands
        demands holy people with holy hands   of God’s holy righteousness were perfectly
        acting in obedience to His Word.      satisfied by the dimensions of the brazen
                                              altar. Of course, the type always falls short,
        The Temple – A Glorious               and we can never measure Calvary and
        Sanctuary                             the sufferings of Christ. But we rejoice
                                              that, as a result of His finished work, we
        A Holy Meeting                        have “boldness to enter into the holiest by
          We never read of Solomon building “a   the blood of Jesus ... a [great] high priest
        temple,” but rather “a house unto God,”   over the house of God” (Heb 10:19-21).
        called “the most holy house” (2Ch 3:8), in
        contrast to the other houses he built. God’s   A Holy Message
        glory would only fill one place that God   As the ark was placed in Solomon’s
        had chosen to place His name, and “Solo-  temple, there was only the law left within
        mon determined to build an house for the   it; but Peter says that “the word of the
        name of the LORD” (2:1). Obededom had   Lord endureth for ever” (1Pe 1:25). The
        the ark in his house for three months (2Sa   Word of God was the blueprint of both
        6), but the shekinah glory of God never   tabernacle and temple, and it is still the
        dwelt there for it was a house linked to   only way to lay the foundation of Christ
        the name of Obededom. While many      in any assembly. Writing to the assembly
        first-century assemblies met in houses, the   at Corinth, Paul reminded the saints that
        sphere of the home and the sphere of the   the foundation was Christ; therefore, they
        assembly were kept distinct. We too must   must take heed how they built there-
        guard the holiness God assigns to the lo-  upon (1Co 3:10). May we always give the
        cal assembly, keeping it distinct from the   holy Scriptures their place in our midst,
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