Temple. O LORD!

Temple = a building devoted to the worship, or regarded as the dwelling place, of God; synagogue; shrine; sanctuary; house of worship.

Habakkuk 2:20  The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.

Zechariah 8:9  This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Now hear these words, ‘Let your hands be strong so that the temple may be built.’ This is also what the prophets said who were present when the foundation was laid for the house of the Lord Almighty.

Malachi 3:1  “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.

Matthew 12:6  I tell you that something greater than the temple is here.

Matthew 21:14-16 (NIV)

14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.

16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.

“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,

“‘From the lips of children and infants

you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”

Psalm 8:2 (NIV)  (See the foretelling or prophecy of what was to come for the verse above?)

Through the praise of children and infants


    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,


    to silence the foe and the avenger.

Matthew 21:1-11 (NIV)  Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,


    ‘See, your king comes to you,


gentle and riding on a donkey,


    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Matthew 21:23-27 (NIV)  The Authority of Jesus Questioned

23 Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?”

24 Jesus replied, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 25 John’s baptism—where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?”

They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’—we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.”

27 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”

Then he said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

Matthew 23:17  You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?

Matthew 27:50-52 (NIV)

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.

Mark 14:48-50 (NIV)

48 “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50 Then everyone deserted him and fled.

Mark 14:58  “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’”

Mark 15:37-39 (NIV)

37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

Luke 23:44-46 (NIV)  The Death of Jesus

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

Psalm 31:5 (NIV)  (See the foretelling or prophecy of what was to come for the verse above?)

Into your hands I commit my spirit;


    deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

John 2:20-22 (NIV)

20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

Thank You, Lord God Almighty.  We praise You and Your works this week, this Holy Week.  May we see You in Your Holy Word, in Your Holy works and in us.  To Your glory!

Holy temple

Silent

Strong hands

Foundation was laid

Prepare the way

Messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come

Greater

Healed

Son of David

Hosanna

Lips of children praise

Stronghold

Silence the foe

Authority

Sacred

Darkness came

Jesus cried out

Father, into Your Hands I commit My Spirit

Temple curtain torn

Centurion proclaimed Son of God

Dead raised to life

Scriptures must be fulfilled

Build another temple In 3 days, not by human hands

Temple was His body

And the disciples believed

Thank You, Lord.  We believe.  Your Word tells us that we may say deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.  We see your Cross and Your Holy foundation in Your beautiful Word.

In Jesus name.  Amen

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