The Washington Post hosted an interesting article today on the history of the Temple Mount. Excellent infographic to boot, showing its history from Chanukah renovation to its current Islamic domination:
Hat tip: Ritmeyer Archaeological Design
Does the Temple have significance for Yeshua’s disciples?
- Yeshua called the Temple “my Father’s house”
- Yeshua was zealous for the Temple
- Yeshua appeared at the Temple during Chanukah, the Feast of Dedicating the Temple
- Yeshua died for the Temple
- Yeshua called the Temple a “house of prayer for all nations”
- The early followers of Yeshua, including Paul, sacrificed at this Temple
- It appears from the Scriptures that a 3rd Temple will be built, God’s presence will return to that Temple, and God’s people will appear at the Temple.
In Israel last year, I was impressed by the Jewish devotion to the restoration of the Temple. I snapped this photo of a mural on a Chabad synagogue within eyeshot of the old Temple:
Learning about the Messiah will help bring about the 3rd Temple, according to this Chabad Orthodox Jewish mural in the Old City of Jerusalem.
The subject of the Temple, I’ve found, is touchy among Christians and even some Messianics; like you have to walk on eggshells whenever its mentioned.
Some well-meaning people feel that a Temple with a resumed sacrificial system will somehow cancel the atoning work of Yeshua on the cross.
And yet, any person that honors Chanukah – a remembrance of the cleansing and rededication of the Temple – must hold a special place for the Temple in their hearts.
And, if we are true to our roots as an Israel-centric faith, our Hebrew Roots, and the Jewish root of our Messiah faith, the Temple ought to not only be a place of great significance for us, whether Jew or gentile, but furthermore its current state should cause us consternation and we should pine for its rebuilding.
More on that in the next post.