Solomon’s temple is in Jerusalem and is built with a similar pattern to the tabernacle, a mobile temple. It has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. The Babylonians destroyed it in 587 BC and the Romans destroyed it in 70 AD. Along with the temple, Jerusalem and the Jewish culture were destroyed. Can you imagine what the people felt in their hearts when they were carried into captivity?
Solomon’s Temple is where Jesus taught in Jerusalem. His purpose in coming down from Heaven and living on earth was so people would believe, that they might experience love and forgiveness, peace and joy. Before Jesus suffered and died, He came to Jerusalem. “When he entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. ‘It is written,’ he said to them, ‘My house will be a house of prayer.’ but you have made it a den of robbers” (Luke 19:45-46). In Jesus’ time some of the people called this the temple. Most people called it the House. Jesus called it “My Father’s House.”
“Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6.
“Why were you searching for me:” Jesus asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49).
“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:2).
When you think of the Father’s House, think big; think lots of rooms, think more of a complex than a single building. There is room for everybody! When it says in Psalm 23, “and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever,” it means a place with God, beyond buildings, a place in the heart of God. It’s a place you want to be–away from anxiety and fear, hatred and malice; a place of hope and love and blessing. It starts now. Life with God means you can live without fear of the future because He is with you. He promised He would never leave you but always be with you.
During the days I taught Sunday school to children, one of my favorite songs was “Big House.” Listen to the lyrics here:
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for opening our eyes to all you have for us, even for today. Help us to live our lives with eternity in mind. In Jesus’ name, Amen.