Comments on Verses from Prophets

Isaiah 66:1 “Thus says the LORD: ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest?’”

The Jewish nation of Isaiah’s time thought they could put God in a building here on this earth. Today, people are still trying to put God in a box. Some, like these Jews of old, dream of an earthly house for God in a future Jerusalem. God’s throne and footstool are the same. He is not living on the earth and neither is Jesus returning to live in an earthly house.

God is asking a serious question here. When we answer that we are building a temple out of stone we are giving the wrong answer. God’s temple is where He chooses to make it and He obviously is going to make it in an earthly building. His temple today is in the hearts of His people. The living church makes up the temple of God, His spiritual kingdom. When the end of time comes, the children of God will be given spiritual bodies to live in God’s spiritual home. Notice that that is a home not made with hands. Check out 2 Corinthians 5:1: “For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

Looking for God’s home on earth is a waste of time. His home is in the heavens and is eternal. Any home on this earth is temporary and why should God build His home on His footstool? Doesn’t make sense, does it? While you are here on this earth God wants to make His home in you but after you leave this earth God will take you to His home which is nowhere on this earth. All physical things including the earth will be dissolved and only the spiritual things will survive. Some will live with God and some won’t.

Task for Today: Remember that all things physical are temporary. God intends to destroy all things physical. Don’t look for an earthly temple for a temporary reign in Jerusalem or any place else on this earth. Let God reign in your heart. Become the spiritual temple yourself as portrayed by Paul in his letters to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Cor. 6:16). The temple of believers will be taken from this earth to the true temple in the heavens.

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