WHERE DOES GOD DWELL AND WHERE HAS HE PLACED HIS NAME? Isa 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Part of Stephen's defense against the accusations reads thus: Act 7:44-50 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen. (45) Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David; (46) Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. (47) But Solomon built him an house. (48) Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, (49) Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? (50) Hath not my hand made all these things? When Stephen was falsely accused and brought to trial the charge brought against Him was that he spoke blasphemous words against the temple: Act 6:11-14 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God. (12) And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council, (13) And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law: (14) For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us. This same type of accusation was also brought against Jesus by false witnesses: Mat 26:59-61 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; (60) But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, (61) And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. This error concerning the temple occurred at the beginning of Jesus' ministry after He had cleansed the temple: John 2:15-22 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; (16) And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. (17) And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. (18) Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? (19) Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. (20) Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? (21) But he spake of the temple of his body. (22) When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. THE TABERNACLE IN THE WILDERNESS This was specifically emphasized after Israel was delivered from Egypt and God when God gave Moses specific commands concerning the construction of the tabernacle: Exo 25:8 And let them make me a sanctuary. and by him all things consist. because the cloud abode thereon. (3) And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down. the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys: (37) But if the cloud were not taken up. that I may dwell among them. (38) For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day. In the perfect environment created in Eden He communed and fellowshipped with man. . for his mercy endureth for ever. because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD'S house. (2) And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD. visible and invisible. and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (35) And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation. Then man fell and God's redemptive work kicked in to restore man back to fellowship with God. 1. that are in heaven. For he is good.The disciples did not completely grasp the meaning of Jesus' words until after His resurrection. and praised the LORD. to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things. and fire was on it by night. (36) And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle. saying. Col 1:16-17 For by him were all things created. and that are in earth. or dominions. and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices. or principalities. (14) So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God. then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up. PROGRESSIVE RESTORATION OF FELLOWSHIP God had fellowship with man which was catastrophically disrupted when man sinned. From the beginning God created man for His pleasure and will: Rev 4:11 Thou art worthy. throughout all their journeys. and praised the LORD. In the wilderness the tabernacle became the focal point of God's presence. in the sight of all the house of Israel. and for him: (17) And he is before all things. the fire came down from heaven. and the glory of the LORD filled the house. to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD. THE TEMPLE OF SOLOMON Likewise the temple that Solomon built: 2Ch 5:13-14 It came even to pass. and the glory of the LORD upon the house. even the house of the LORD. 2Ch 7:1-3 Now when Solomon had made an end of praying. or powers: all things were created by him. saying. whether they be thrones. God was dwelling among His people Exo 40:34-38 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation. and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick. O Lord. for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud. For he is good. as the trumpeters and singers were as one. 2. and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. and worshipped. they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement.

and the word which Jesus had said. unto Isaac. Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone. and said unto him. and ye shall be my sons and daughters. 4. saith the Lord. . when I come unto the children of Israel. (20) And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets. (17) But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. and ye are not your own? (20) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. Behold. and shall say unto them. YAHWEH God of your fathers. Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel. I AM hath sent me unto you. and they believed the scripture. and walk in them. which temple ye are. and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (17) If any man defile the temple of God. MY BODY HIS TEMPLE And now we have the Word of God identifying us as the temples of God individually and collectively as exemplified by the following Scripture: 1Co 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God. I AM THAT I AM: and he said. Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel. and they shall be my people. which are God's. Then in the course of handing down the commandments God made this tremendous statement. THE BODY OF JESUS Then came Jesus who spoke of His body as the temple. and I will receive you. (15) And God said moreover unto Moses. and they shall say to me.3. Eph 2:19-22 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners. his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them. The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you. (22) When therefore he was risen from the dead. HIS NAME IS THERE! Moving back to Moses' conversation with God in Exodus 3 we find this interesting and very important declaration: Exo 3:13-15 And Moses said unto God. by the name of God Almighty. and be ye separate. and touch not the unclean thing. I am the YAHWEH: (3) And I appeared unto Abraham. but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. and in your spirit. but by my name YAHWEH was I not known to them. saith the Lord Almighty. the God of Isaac. shall be one flesh. as God hath said. 2Co 6:16-18 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God. I will dwell in them. 5. and this is my memorial unto all generations. hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever. What is his name? what shall I say unto them? (14) And God said unto Moses. (18) And will be a Father unto you. JohN 2:21-22 But he spake of the temple of his body. saith he. him shall God destroy. (21) In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: (22) In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. for the temple of God is holy. and I will be their God. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body. (19) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you. the God of Abraham. and unto Jacob. (17) Wherefore come out from among them. (18) Flee fornication. which ye have of God. 1Co 6:16-20 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two. Further on we find God saying : Exo 6:2-3 And God spake unto Moses. but fellowcitizens with the saints. and the God of Jacob. and of the household of God.

and I will bless thee.. Whose temples are we? 2. It becomes a case of "out of sight".. Who should be dwelling in us? 3. (16) For now have I chosen and sanctified this house.. His church and temple is you. It is an awesome thing to know that Yahweh dwells in me and has placed His name Yahweh in me and I am blessed: Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.. it is me. and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings. He dwells in me and has chosen to place His Name in me. Therefore we need to examine what manner of persons we ought to be… 1. When God comes to live in you He gives you the ability to mind your p's and q's He chose to put His Name there and He will bless those who meet Him there.God's house. God chose to place His Name in the temple that Solomon built in Jerusalem: 2Ch 7:15-16 Now mine eyes shall be open. and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee. man tries to compartmentalize God and place Him in a building which he calls a church. But God did not intend it to be so. thy sheep. Having a beautiful building in no guarantee of the presence of Yahweh but the presence of Yahweh in you guarantees a beautiful you! . Stephen was saying that it was more than going through the motions of routine rituals. Who can cleanse us? Can a temple cleanse itself? 4.Exo 20:24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me. and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. What happens when we allow the presence of God in our lives? While God desires to live with man and in man. and thy peace offerings. we are His church His temple together! When you are in the presence of important personages you have a tendency to mind your p's and q's.out of mind! We then believe that can "go to church" at regular periods then "leave church" and forget all about it until the next time we return. My body is His temple. who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: Next time you look at yourself in the mirror you are not merely looking at an outward beautiful/handsome form but you are looking at the temple of Yahweh! How beautiful do you want this temple to be for Him? We were cleansed by His Blood and need to adorn this temple with beautiful things not with a merely elegant outward but inward enhancement. It was a renewing of His Love and Anointing everyday as we make hallowed and sacred the place where Yahweh dwells and where He has placed His name. that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.