for the House of God
Why did God instruct His
people to build a sanctuary?
Then have them make a
sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.
How did He tell them to
regard this dwelling place of God?
Observe my Sabbaths and
have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the
What does the Lord say of
things dedicated to His service?
But nothing that a man
owns and devotes to the Lord whether man
or animal or family land may be sold or
redeemed; everything so devoted is most holy
to the Lord.
When God met Moses at the
burning bush, why did He tell him to take off his
Do not come any
closer, God said. Take off your
sandals, for the place where you are standing
is holy ground. Exodus 3:5. (See also
Note The presence of
God made the place holy. Wherever God meets with
His people, that place is holy.
When the tabernacle was
reared anciently, what occurred?
Then the cloud covered
the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord
filled the tabernacle. Exodus 40:34.
(See also 2 Chronicles 5:13,14.)
Why should all show
respect for the house of worship?
But the Lord is in
his holy temple; let all the earth be silent
before him. Habakkuk 2:20.
Note - A failure to
recognize this fact leads many to treat the house
of worship without due respect. Nothing seems
more appropriate to divine worship than that of
awe and silence should pervade the place of
worship, and that only the sound of prayer,
praise and thanksgiving to God should be heard
within its walls. Both upon entering and just
before leaving the house of God it is highly
appropriate and a most excellent practice for
each worshiper to bow the head for a few moments
in silent prayer.
Gods Frown Upon
How did Christ manifest His
regard for the sanctuary of Gods house?
Jerusalem Jesus entered the temple area and began
driving out those who were buying and selling
there. He overturned the tables of the
moneychangers and the benches of those selling
doves, and would not allow anyone to carry
merchandise through the temple courts. And as he
taught them, he said, It is
written: My house will be called a
house of prayer for all nations? But you
have made it a den of robbers.
Note This cleansing
occurred at the close of Christs public
ministry. There was a similar cleansing also at
the beginning of His ministry. (See John
What punishment did God
bring upon Nadab and Abihu for offering strange,
or common, fire in the tabernacle service?
Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in
them and added incense; and they offered
unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to
his command. So fire came out from the
presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they
died before the Lord. Leviticus 10:1,2.
Note This, like the
two cleansings of the Temple by Christ at the
beginning and close of His ministry (John
2:13-17; Matthew 21:12-16), shows that God is
particular in regard to the worship and conduct
of the worshipers in His house. No performance or
exercise should be permitted in any church or
building especially dedicated to Gods
service which is not in keeping with its sacred
character, or conducive to reverence for God and
for holy things. It should not be a place for
feasting, visiting, or worldly entertainment and
Reverence and Godly Fear
For what purpose are we warned
to have grace?
Therefore, since we
are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
let us be thankful, and so worship God
acceptably with reverence and awe, for our
God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28,29.
In what spirit did the
psalmist say he would worship?
But I, by your great
mercy, will come into your house; in reverence
will I bow down toward your holy temple.
What instruction has Solomon
given respecting our conduct in the house of God?
Guard your steps when
you go into the house of God. Go near to listen
rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who
do not know that they do wrong.
Who is present in all
assemblies met in Christs name?
For where two or
three come together in my name, there
am I with them.
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