Cleansing the Temple

There is certainly a Temple of God on earth; it is not made of brick and stone, but human hearts. (1 Cor. 16:9) It is within the Congregation of Believers and it requires restoration and cleansing, collectively and individually. What sort of cleaning is necessary? How can this happen? Who is great enough to proclaim such a call among God’s people? How was this accomplished in Israel’s past? In 2 Kings 22-23, king Josiah initiated repairs to the temple and the Torah (Gods book of the law) was found. When it was read to the king, he tore his robes, read God’s word to the people, and renewed the covenant with them. He removed all the shrines and alters to idols and killed the idolatrous priests throughout the entire nation. During Jehoshaphat reign as king, “They taught throughout Judah, taking with them the Book of the Law of the Lord; they went around to all the towns of Judah and taught the people.” (2 Chronicles 17:9) In Nehemiah 8-9, Ezra read God’s word to the people who repented with weeping, contrite hearts, and renewed obedience

Hearing God’s word is powerful, even unto salvation. (Rom.1:16) However, this is not directly about salvation, but restoration of Believers who have strayed, become deceived, powerless, blind and deaf to the voice and leading of the Spirit. Believers are weak in worldly terms, but should be mighty with faith in the Lord. Without faith it impossible to please God. (Heb. 11:6) Too many churches have become society conforming, worldly acquiescent, man pleasing, faithless, timid, fearful and undisciplined, as described in the warnings of the Lord. (Rev. 2:1-3:22)  These are the collective admonitions needed today. The individual admonition is particular to each of us. We may be very aware of our failings which trap us in a cycle of sin and repentance, that thwarts the fulfillment of our destiny, calling and maturity. I believe the gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy, is a key to overcoming. The Spirit and the Word are never in opposition and the Spirit reveals the truth of the word we so desperately need. “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ( Revelation 3:22) We need a greater release of Holy Spirit influence and leading, rather than worldly thinking men. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27)

Let us continue to pray for revival collectively and individually. May God give our leaders and pastors a fresh hunger for the word and Spirit empowerment. May the temple of the Lord be cleansed and filled with His presence. When the Spirit of God inhabits His people, the promises will be fulfilled and blessings released. Moreover, let’s join Yeshua’s prayer that Israel will accept her Messiah. (Zechariah 12:10; Isa. 53:1-12)