Things to consider when reading the bible;
- Is there a command to obey?
- Is there an example to follow?
- Is there a promise to claim?
- Is there a sin to avoid?
- Is there a principle to follow?
Thoughts to consider
- Clearly the return of God’s glory to the temple is one of the most dramatic moments in the book. His return here is the restoration counterpart to the departure in 10:18–22 and 11:23. It also brings completion to the temple tour: all that was lacking from this sacred space was God. However, this moment also forms a new beginning. The arrival of God’s glory in his temple inaugurates a new era in the relationship of God and people, and this becomes the focus of the remainder of the vision.
- The second part of chapter 43 could become a little confusing. If this vision is of the future end times when God finally dwells with His people, why would there still be a need for sacrifices if Jesus has already provided the ‘once for all’ sacrifice? This has caused a fair bit of debate through church history. It could be reality, metaphor or symbolism, or the sacrifices refer to a time when the people return to Jerusalem and not the distant future. What do you think?