Walking Around Like the Sun

The Jewish people believed that God dwelt in the Solomon’s Temple, which was built about 950 years before Christ. Nearly 400 years later, the Babylonians destroyed the temple and the Jews were forced into exile. With the temple destroyed, God’s presence among the Jews was absent…or so the Jewish people thought. Prompted by the prophets, they returned to Jerusalem in 515BCE to build a second temple so God could once again dwell in their midst. But the glory of Yahweh in the form of fire and a cloud that filled the first temple (1 Kings 8:10-13) never filled the second temple. The Jewish people felt their impurity was keeping God away. They felt they could lure God back into the new Temple by perfectly obeying all the laws of God. Strick adherence to rituals and Sabbath purity, along with the ascendency of the priesthood, gave rise to a moralistic religion. Along comes Jesus with the stunning message that God dwells within us not within a building. The fire from heaven that the Jews had waited for finally came on Pentecost…and it descended upon people, all people and not just the Jewish people. The apostle Paul said that we are the new temple and God dwells within us. Collectively, we are the Body of Christ. Thomas Merton said we are all “walking around like the sun.”


1 Response to “Walking Around Like the Sun”

  1. 1 aliceny May 24, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Perfect, Gerry. This is a helpful brief overview of one of the stumbling blocks between Christians and our Jewish brothers and sisters from whose faith we derived our roots. Very appropriate for today, the birthday of the beginnings of our Christianity.

    Thank you.

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