Monday, March 4, 2013

Isaiah - Temple of God

Jews long to rebuild the Temple of Jerusalem
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When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.
Jonah 2:7 NIV

We get more understanding of the awe and spiritual meaning of the Temple of God mentioned in the prayer of Jonah from the vision of Isaiah. Scholars commonly think that the vision of Isaiah is authentic. It may have taken place in the earthly Temple of Jerusalem as Isaiah was a long-time resident in the city and must have been a frequent visitor to the Temple. However, the vision has the feel of the Heavenly Temple that was considered the model according to which the earthly Solomon's Temple was built.*
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted,seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
Isaiah 6:1-4 NIV

*The Book of Exodus tells that Moses was shown on Mount Sinai a pattern, a model, according to which he was to construct the Tabernacle

“Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you."
Exodus 25:8-9 NIV

“Then make its seven lamps and set them up on it so that they light the space in front of it. Its wick trimmers and trays are to be of pure gold. A talent of pure gold is to be used for the lampstand and all these accessories. See that you make them according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."
Exodus 25:37-40 NIV

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