In honor of the new moon of the fourth month, Tammuz, and the beginning of the traditional “Three Weeks”, of which I’ll be posting about later tonight or tomorrow, I had to repost this very thought provoking article by Sue at The Lamb’s Servant.
The Holy Temple is not only the place where YHWH meets with His people, but it’s instructions are the heavenly blueprint for proper worship. The holiness of the Temple transcends time and space. Like Sue, I have begun Joe Good’s class on the Temple, and as a result I’m struck to the core of my being. There is a reason why Jews pray the Avodah three times a day for the restoration of this glorious edifice.
Today, worship is often aligned with one’s likes and dislikes. Believers attend services that appeal to their comfort zones and preferences. Pastors, teachers, singers, and musicians are critiqued based on their performance and quality of the hearer’s experience. This is NOT the blueprint for the House of Prayer for All Nations.
In the days of the Holy Temple, people had to stringently prepare themselves to enter this holy space and offer a gift and/or sacrifice. The set-apartness was like none other. Souls pouring into the courtyard of the Temple were not there to judge other servants, but to become acceptable before a just and holy God. On this Rosh Chodesh (new moon), I hope you’ll take the time to consider Sue’s words and the Kedushah (Holiness) of the House of Elohim (God).