Sunday School Preview: January 4, 2014

God dwells with His people; therefore, we should worship and find our joy in Him.  Check out some thoughts on our upcoming Sunday School lesson on Exodus 25-31.

References for the Biblical Theology of “Temple”

  • Garden of Eden — Genesis 3:24
    • Parallels include the east-facing entrance guarded by cherubim, the gold, the tree of life (lampstand), and the tree of knowledge (the law). (The ESV Study Bible, p. 183).
  • Tabernacle — Exodus 25:1–31:17
  • Solomon’s Temple — 1 Kings 8:1–11
  • Ezekiel’s Temple [Vision] — Ezekiel 40–48
  • Zerubabel’s Temple — Haggai 1:1–2:18
  • Herod’s Temple — This is the temple during Jesus’ day (e.g. Luke 2:27; Mark 15:38)
  • Jesus & The Temple:
    • Immanuel — Matthew 1:23
    • Blessed By Simeon in the Temple — Luke 2:27–33
    • 12 Year old Jesus calls the Temple His Father’s House — Luke 2:42–49
    • Overturning Tables, Cleansing the Temple — Matthew 21:12; Mark 11:15; John 2:15
    • Jesus says, “Destroy this temple and I will rebuild it in three days” — John 2:19–20
  • The Church is God’s Temple — 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 1 Peter 2:4-10 (living stones)
  • Individual Christians are temples of the Spirit — 1 Corinthians 6:19
  • The Heavenly Temple where Christ is Interceding — Hebrews 8:1–10:18
  • New Jerusalem: the Lord God Almighty & the Lamb are the temple — Revelation 21:15–23

 


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David ChristensenDavid Christensen
David Christensen is a pastoral intern at Faith Church. He is married to his wife Kelly of more than 3 years. He regularly attempts to blog at http://HisGloryYourJoy.blogspot.com, and can be followed on twitter here.  
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