THEME: JERUSALEM TEMPLE
And in the daytime He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet. Then early in the morning all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.
-The second temple was completed by Zerubbabel in 515 B.C.E and it played a central role in Christianity. Jesus’ family went to the temple after His birth to celebrate redemption of the firstborn according to Num 18:15-16 and offered sacrifices as the Torah required Lev 12. Later, Jesus taught in the temple during the day and at night He went to the mount of Olives. This was probably the reason why He said that, “foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Mat 8:20). The temple had a complex structure with an outer court, inner court and holy of holies. The outer court was accessed by men and women differently. Other sections were only accessed by male Israelites and others priests. During the great revolt of Jews against Rome in 70 C.E, the temple was destroyed and no stone was left unturned according to Jesus’ prophecy in Mark 13:1-2. After His death and resurrection, Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit so that we may all access Him always and come to faith. He also made us priests and kings so that we may rule the earth and promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
God Almighty Father; we come before You today with thanksgiving in our hearts. Thank You for all that You have done unto us from old. Thank You for giving us the Holy Spirit so that You may forever dwell in our hearts. Help us Lord to remain in You as You are in us. May Your love shine a bright light in our hearts so that many may see You and come to faith. Show us Your glory everyday Lord that we may obtain favour before You and among men and women. All glory and honor belongs to You Lord; now and forever. Amen
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