The Temple:

         God's Holy Meeting Place

Read Genesis 1:-2:4

"Israel’s temple in the Bible is described as the place where God’s space and humanity’s space are one. In fact, the whole biblical drama can be told as a story about God’s temple." (bibleproject.com)

  1. How does God's great work of creation picture to us, that God wants a relationship with His people?

  2. Do you think that God pictures the temple, even in the original creation?

  3. How did sin cause this space to be compromised? 

  4. What repercussions of this affect us even today?

  1. What symbols and pictures in the Old Testament Temple, point out the relationship between the Garden of Eden, and the temple in Jerusalem?

2.   What is the Menorah meant                       To represent, why is it important? 

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Comment and Encourage

Read Acts 5

"There is a Greek word for “cross,” however, the New Testament authors rarely use it. Rather, the Roman cross of Jesus’ execution is regularly called “the tree” (ξυλον). This intention is likely linked to the imagery found in the Hebrew Scriptures." (bibleproject.com)

  1. Where in Acts Chapter 5 do you see the word "Tree" used to Describe the Cross?

  2. How is this a continuation of the Imagery of the Menorah?

  3. Why is it significant that Christ is Crucified on a "Tree" in a High Place? 

  4. What does this say about Christ being the New Temple? Can you think of any instances in which Jesus made this claim? 

Read 1 Peter 2

"How many and great are the privileges of God's people, by what a variety of figures they are represented, and they all stand connected with Christ. He is the center from which they radiate — the circle within which they all meet. Seldom do the apostles speak of Jesus — but they connect his people with him; and scarcely ever do they speak of the Lord's people — but they associate them with him. If they speak of Jesus as the tree — they are the branches; and if they speak of him as a foundation — they are the building reared upon it. O how blessed to be thus connected with Christ! Peter having spoken of Christ as a living, precious stone, adds, "You also as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." (James Smith 1860)

  1. How as living stones do we now find ourselves being built up into a new Living Temple?

  2. How are we called to reflect the light of Christ individually, as "little" temples? 

  3. How are we called to reflect the light of Christ, by coming together as God's church? 

  4. In what ways do we lose sight of God's calling to love one another, when we are not built together as a gathered people-- on mission to show God's love to the world around us?

  5. In what ways can we continue to offer spiritual sacrifices together during this time of trial and separation?

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