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Friday, December 2 2016
Why Was The Messiah Drawn To The Heart Of The Temple?
"They found Him in the Temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions ... And He said unto them, How is it that ye sought Me? Wist ye not that I must be about My Father's business?"
The original LORD-commanded "Temple" was the portable Tabernacle that was constructed in the time of Moses (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Tabernacle; also The Second Tables Of Stone). The Levite priesthood was established at the same time as the Tabernacle (see When Were The Levites Set Apart? and Aaron's Almond Rod).
"17:1 Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD remaineth under curtains.
The original Temple was destroyed when the Kingdom of Judah fell to Babylon (see Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?). A much more modest Temple was rebuilt 70 years later, in the time of Zerubbabel, Ezra and Nehemiah (see Zerubbabel's Return, Ezra's Journey From Babylon and The Arrival Of Nehemiah's Cavalry), when the people of Judah were given to return to Jerusalem, exactly as prophesied, for the purpose of the coming Messiah (see How The Messianic Line Survived In Babylon).
Centuries later, Herod the Great, the Roman "king of Jerusalem" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Herod), built upon the Temple that existed so that it became a magnificent monument, as much to Herod's towering ego, than its original and true purpose. But its original and true spiritual purpose was never lost - the reason that the Messiah's entire life, and then His Ministry, were centered on the heart of whatever Temple existed at a given time (see When Will There Be No More Temples Built In Jerusalem?).
A few days after His Birth, the Messiah was presented at the Temple according to the Law that He, as the LORD God, had given to Israel long before (see The LORD God Our Saviour; also John's Eyewitness Of The Messiah And The LORD God).
"2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
The famous incident when the Messiah went missing at age 12 happened because He remained at the Temple after the family returned to Nazareth from observing Passover in Jerusalem (see also The Passover To Pentecost Connection).
"2:41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 2:42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 2:43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. 2:44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 2:45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 2:46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 2:47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 2:48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
The Messiah's famous driving out of the merchants and bankers from the Temple was completed with a fulfillment of two prophecies: "56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people" (Isaiah 56:7 KJV) and "7:9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; 7:10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? 7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD." (Jeremiah 7:9-11 KJV)
"21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves." (Matthew 21:12-13 KJV)
When the Messiah's Ministry began, He taught throughout the region, Lebanon, Galilee, Samaria, east of the Jordan, but whenever He was in the south, in Judea, He spent His days teaching solely at the Temple. Ironically, but deliberately, it's what got Him Sacrificed, in the right place, at the right time (see Why Was The South A Dangerous Place?).
"21:37 And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives. 21:38 And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him." (Luke 21:37-38 KJV)
Fact Finder: The Tabernacle ceased to exist. The Temples were all destroyed. But the prophetic purpose of the Most Holy Place, that portrayed the Throne of God in heaven, never faltered or lapsed. How were Passover and the Day of Atonement fulfilled by what was portrayed and prophesied by the heart of the Temple?
This Day In History, December 2
1254: Manfred, king of Sicily, defeated the Papal armies at the Battle of Foggia.
1547: Hernando Cortes, Spanish explorer, died at age 62.
1805: The Battle of Austerlitz, also called the Battle of The Three Emperors, the first engagement of The War of The Third Coalition and one of Napoleon's most perfect victories. His 68,000 troops defeated almost 90,000 Russians and Austrians, forcing Austria to make peace with France (Treaty of Pressburg) and keeping Prussia temporarily out of the anti-France alliance. Napoleon lost 9,000 men, while Russia and Austria lost 15,000 killed and 11,000 captured.
1823: U.S. President James Monroe declared his "Monroe Doctrine." It stated that the entire continents of North and South America were no longer open to colonization by any European (referring primarily to Britain, France or Spain) power. Ironically, while it was intended to prevent further imperialism by European nations, it marked the birth of "Imperial Washington" toward the rest of the world and the other nations of America (America actually has 35 nations and 1 billion people, all of whom are geographic Americans, from the northern tip of Canada in North America to the southern tip of Chile in South America).
1859: Abolitionist John Brown was hanged after a famous raid on a federal arsenal in Virginia.
1918: Armenia proclaimed independence from Turkey.
1942: In Chicago, scientists developed nuclear fission, the basis of the atomic bomb.
1946: Britain and the U.S. merged the German occupation zones in their sectors, which eventually became West Germany. The Russian sector became East Germany.
1954: Formerly powerful Senator Joseph McCarthy was censured by the U.S. Senate for misconduct. McCarthy's ruthless "Red Scare" persecutions destroyed the lives and careers of thousands of innocent people after they were "blacklisted" from McCarthy's delusional hunt for communists. McCarthy died in 1957, at the age of 48, of liver failure caused by his severe alcoholism.
1971: The Soviet Mars 3 space probe became the first man-made spacecraft to make a controlled soft landing on Mars.
1982: Barney Clark received the first permanent artificial heart transplant, developed by Dr. Robert K. Jarvik.
1990: Helmut Kohl was re-elected as Chancellor of Germany in the first all-Germany election since the time of Adolf Hitler.