Author and I have been studying the Book of John again. In Chapter 4, we read of the Samaritan woman meeting Jesus at the well. As the woman’s eyes and mind begin to see and understand that Jesus is telling her things that only a Prophet of God could know about her, she desires to know more truth. She wants to know the proper place to worship, whether on Mount Gerizim, where the Samaritans worshiped, or the Temple in Jerusalem, the Jews’ place of worship.
In Deuteronomy 12:5-14, God, through Moses, had instructed the Israelites as a holy nation, His people, that there was only one place of worship and sacrifice: the tabernacle – which was later expanded and replaced by the Temple.
In the New Testament, the Temple is replaced by the individual bodies of believers (1 Cor. 3:16; 1 Cor. 6:19) being fitted together into the Temple He is building for Himself (Ephes. 2:21-22).
In the New Jerusalem, “… I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” Rev. 21:22
God decides who and how we worship: it is Him and it is in spirit and truth (John 4:24).
The many foreshadowings, or patterns, in the OT are beautifully reproduced and clarified in the NT. God had confined the Israelites’ sacrifices exclusively to the temple because the sacrifices there symbolized and foreshadowed Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, which is the exclusive way to have restoration and fellowship with God.
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