Chapter 25

Rebuilding of Your Temple

Deu 29:29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and our children forever, that we may follow all the words of his law.

Don’t think just because you have a shallow desire to understand the secret things that belong to the Lord, that you can some how discover them by reading on your own, or even have the ability to believe if there was someone to tell you. These secrets can only be revealed to you if you are in the physical state that allows you to perceive truth or believe. I say perceive because it is a sensing of knowledge driven by the Holy Spirit attempting to reveal truth through your impurities. The Spirit requires a period of time to renew your body, which positions your mind to receive truth or to see God.

Herein lies, the dilemma. Once it seemed logical to receive Jesus as our savior we are told that we are believers. We now identify ourselves with this label used for those people in the Bible who followed Christ. We now start to follow the people who tell us that they are following Christ. There was no human logic of why something was done and over time faith gave way to ignorance. Now that we are in the age of knowledge we have the logic but will not perceive that this has anything to do with our holiness. Even if we could see the connection we have no strength to follow. We need Jesus out front with His strengthening, leading us into battle with our physical impurities. We need to move by faith that Jesus will provide the strength to maintain a posture, where by we are starting to experience His promises coming from His rebuilding plan. In short, we need Jesus’ strengthening to believe, but we need to believe before he strengthens us.

Without faith, you will never have the strength to carry out His decree to rebuild the temple of God in Jerusalem.

Ezra 6:1 King Darius then issued an order, and they searched in the archives stored in the treasury at Babylon. A scroll was found in the citadel of Ecbatana in the province of Media, and this was written on it:
        In the first year of the King Cyrus, the king issued a decree
        concerning the temple of God in Jerusalem:
        Let the temple be rebuilt as a place to present sacrifices, and let its
        foundations be laid. It is to be ninety feet high and ninety feet wide,
        with three courses of large stones and one of timbers. The costs are
        to be paid by the royal treasury. Also, the gold and silver articles of
        the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple in
        Jerusalem; they are to be deposited in the house of God.
        Now then, Tattenai, governor of Trans-Eurphrates, and Shethar- Bozenai
        and you, their fellow officials of that province, stay away from there.
        Do not interfere with the work on this temple of God. Let the governor
        of the Jews and the Jewish elders rebuild this house of God on its site.
        Moreover, I hereby decree what you are to do for these elders of the
        Jews in construction of this house of God:
        The expenses of these men are to be fully paid out of the royal treasury,
        from the revenues of Trans-Euphrates, so that the work will not stop.
        Whatever is needed - young bulls, rams, male lambs for burnt offerings
        to the God of heaven, and wheat, salt, wine and oil, as requested by the
        priests in Jerusalem - must be given to them daily without fail, so that
        they may offer sacrifices pleasing to the God of heaven and pray for the
        well-being of the king and his sons.
        Furthermore, I decree that if anyone changes this edict, a beam is to
        be pulled from his house and he is to be lifted up and impaled on it.
        And for this crime his house is to be made a pile of rubble. May God,
        who caused his name to dwell there, overthrow any king or people
        who lifts a hand to change this decree or to destroy this temple in
        I Darius have decreed it. Let it be carried out with diligence.

This is God’s direct command, his decree for us to rebuild his holy temple on the same foundation as the old one. This lays to rest the question “If I must rebuild”, and takes us onto the question “How must I rebuild”.

2 Chr 2:4 Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of the Lord my God, dedicating it to Him, and to set out the showbread continually, and to offer burnt offerings morning and evening, on Sabbaths and on new moons and on the appointed feasts of the Lord our God, this being required forever in Israel.

Rebuilding process can be very discouraging, especially if you are starting with a dilapidated shack that is addicted to all the dainty foods. The showbread is Christ and with Him comes the battle plan for success and the strengthening to keep it in order. To set this showbread out continually is to keep review your battle lines while you pray, first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. Christ has engineered three special times, two to sustain you and one for growth. These special times can be trying so He tells us to keep reading His word, meditating, and praying through our temptations. Remember, this is your life now, forever. Jesus is washing your feet.

Psalms 36:8-9 They drink their fill of the abundance of Thy house; And Thou dost give them to drink of the river of Thy delights. For with Thee is the fountain of life; In Thy light we see light.

Keep your chin up and your mind on His provisions for you in His decree. Remember, you may have not given your temple any consideration your whole life, so don’t expect any short cuts. Even if we are setting out to renew a house that has had some maintenance, it is still going to take you a considerable amount of time, energy and money.

You must start at the foundation and move up from there. No matter how much we would like to skip the restoration process it can only be accomplished through discipline and perseverance, and of course, knowledge.

God is always ready to start the renewing process on our minds, but unless we are willing to surrender our bodies to him, he must wait. Like an old building that has never had any upkeep, it is going to take time, which is going to develop discipline, perseverance and faith.

The knowledge or science will be supplied by the one who formed us and once He has made you aware it is your job to follow. The Master builder will direct work to begin on the critical areas first, and work his way through and so this process will conclude on the mountain of transfiguration. God does not leave us to imagine how his rebuilding process will commence or conclude, but provides details on exactly what it is going to take.

2 Chr 24:4-13 Some time later Joash decided to rebuild the temple of the Lord. He called together the priests and Levites and said to them...

2 Kings 12:4 Joash said to the priests. “Collect all the money that is brought as a sacred offerings to the temple of the Lord - the money collected in the census, the money received from personal vows and the money brought voluntarily to the temple. Let every priest receive the money from one of the treasurers, and let it be used to repair whatever damage is found in the temple”

These sacred offerings come from three areas. The census, which is the Sabbath day of rest, the new moons and the appointed feasts, personal vows which are when you are seeking to know the will of God, and as you voluntarily submit because you know this money is going directly to repair your body.

This currency that God is utilizing to rebuild our, or should I say, His holy temple, is what He has given to all of us, His divine energy. This divine energy that is doing the work is being paid out of the royal treasury.

It seems like it is human nature to burn up every last ounce of energy on ourselves, and then stay up half the night watching TV. This energy that is recouped during the night was designed to carry us through the next day, and for most of us, we must chemically alter the state of the body to do that.

The Sabbath, new moons and feasts were not only to build back that which creates our energy but frees up energy which was being used for digestion. This redirection of energy routs out pollutants in our cells. The physical food must be replaced by showbread, which is every word that comes from the mouth of God. God’s feasts or longer fasts reinstate our dwindling supply of mitochondria and other organisms. That’s why when Moses laid still and stopped eating for forty days on behalf of the Israelites, God blessed him personally by cleaning out his temple and filling his energy tanks.

Deu 34:7 Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.

Job 5:26 You will come to the grave in full vigor, like sheaves gathered in season. “We have examined this, and it is true. So hear it and apply it to yourself.”

(NASB) Job 42:16 And after this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, and his grandsons four generations.

God’s intention was to have his temple, our bodies, restored on an ongoing basis, so He called on His priests and Levites. There are two basic parts to us, the spirit, and the physical body or the tent. In order to understand and grasp this wonderful message you must picture yourself as in these two parts.

2 Kings 12:6 But by the twenty - third year of King Joash the priest still had not repaired the temple.

It is no coincidence that at age 30, the King asserts his royal authority and takes charge of the temple repairs. Christ, our King at age 30, asserts his royal authority and takes charge of restoring our temples back to one of order.

2 Chr 24:5 “Go to towns of Judah and collect the money due annually from all Israel, to repair the temple of your God. Do it now.” But the Levites did not act at once.

They probably figured that if we ask the people for more monies, they will just cut back on the monies they are allocating already to support our existing programs. The Levites did not want these funds redirected, for they feared it would cut into their standard of living and may reflect on them badly.

Likewise, we don’t want to give up spending His divine energy on ourselves because it is going to cut back on our activities and crumple our lifestyle. We could not bear the ridicule that our so called friends or family would lavish on us.

2 Kings 12:7 Therefore King Joash summoned Jehoiada the priest and other priests and asked them, “Why aren’t you repairing the damage done to the temple? Take no more money from your treasurers, but hand it over for repairing the temple.” The priest agreed that they would not collect any more money from the people and they would not repair the temple themselves.

Our spirit is instructed by the word of God, through the strength of Christ’s uplifted hands, to go to the towns of Juda, wherein, is housed the body of Israel, to collect money that was due annually. That is to say, all God’s Saints must go to their body and collect a commodity, something that we can use to motivate our repair men.

We are commanded to do it now, but we will not act at once because we are enjoying spending this commodity on gratifying our flesh, just like the Levities.

It was made clear that any commodities or moneys that had already changed hands would not be reimbursed for the temple’s repairs. If our bodies have already received this commodity then they have already spent this commodity, therefore, nothing will be returned and what is going to repair this temple will not come from the past.

2 Chr 24:6 Therefore the King summoned Jehoiada the chief priest and said to him, “Why haven’t you required the Levities to bring in from Judah and Jerusalem the tax imposed by Moses the servant of the Lord and by the assembly of Israel for the tent of the Testimony?”

Now, God is speaking to Christ, and asking him why he had not required his people to bring in the tax for the Tent of the Testimony that is imposed by His word. Christ is telling us that His temple, our physical bodies are to be walking testimony to His goodness and love of the One who created us.

This very tax, that is the action of collecting, was to be a testimony to the people around us. And what this tax accomplished would confirm the glory and majesty of the King we serve. When I deny my body sustenance, I am allowing this tax to be collected and this tax not only benefits the one giving it, but goes to the greater good of all.

(NIV) 2 Chr 24:7 Now that son of that wicked woman Athaliah had broken into the temple of God and had used even its sacred objects for Baals.

If God has a temple that he wants to keep holy and pure, you know that Satan is right there breaking in to vandalize, pollute and to subtly seduce us into using our sacred objects for worshiping other gods. Our flesh is his door to our temple which we never learn to lock, in fact, we invite him in. He has seduced us to the point where we believe that we have no sacred objects and the objects we are using are ours, and they have no purpose in our worship to a Holy God.

(NIV) 2 Chr 24:8 At the king’s command, a chest was made and placed outside, at the gate of the temple of the Lord. A proclamation was then issued in Judah and Jerusalem that they should bring to the Lord the tax that Moses the servant of the God had required of Israel in the desert. All the officials and all the people brought their contributions gladly, dropping them into the chest until it was full. Whenever the chest was brought in by the Levites to the Kings officials and they saw there was a large amount of money, the royal secretary and the officers of the chief priest would come back and empty the chest and carry it back to its place. They did this regularly and collected a great amount of money.

Jesus makes a publication through his word, to his Saints, to make accommodations, for the setting aside their contributions of this commodity, regularly. Once the Saints understood, that this commodity was going directly to the rebuilding process of their temple, they were happy to donate.

Over time you can see that this process would eventually rebuild the entire structure, in an organized fashion. Once the people could see some changes taking place to their temple, and believed that this money was actually going to the purpose it was given, they became excited to see greater and greater progress. Once you adopt this truth into your life, you are on the road to the abundant life.

(NIV) 2 Chr 24:12 The King and Jehoiada gave it to the men who carried out the work required for the temple of the Lord. They hired masons and carpenters to restore the Lord’s temple, and also workers in iron and bronze to repair the temple.

2 Kings 12:13 The money brought into the temple was not spent for making silver basins, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, trumpets or any other articles of gold or silver for the temple of the Lord; it was paid to the workmen, who used it to repair the temple. They did not require an accounting from those whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.

You may think you have all the beautiful articles of gold and silver on the inside of your temple, but if your temple looks and functions like a broken down shack, no one is going to trust you when you invite them to view the decor. People are invited by what they see, not by what you tell them.

When you hire workers for a project, even if you trust the men with your money, to be prudent it would require you to perform an audit. If nothing else, an accounting will keep them acting with complete honesty throughout the life of the rebuilding process.

It doesn’t make sense that God would include such a detail unless he was talking about a situation where an accounting would be impossible to perform. By making this statement, He is resolving us of this responsibility. If this responsibility is not ours, then it must be His, which would only make sense, if this is His rebuilding program on his temple. This account in 2 Kings was a shadow of what was to come and what came was a new Temple that was not built by human hands.

Our great Designer has placed within us a mechanism to create new energy and to pool unused energy and materials until the quantity required has been reached to restore the next phase. The organisms in charge of the work are completely honest, diligent and loyal, so the repairs will progress under them.

(NIV) 2 Chr 24:12 The men in charge of the work were diligent, and the repairs progressed under them. They rebuilt the temple of God according to its original design and reinforced it.

Your mother or father may not have had all the materials needed, when building your temple, and as a result there could be areas that are not up to code or lacking integrity.

As long as we obey our Lord, the supplies and the commodity will always be there to do the job. But our great God does not stop there, he is going to reinforce our bodies, enabling us to adapt to our geography. No wonder David said in the Psalms “We are fearfully and wonderfully made.” That sounds too good to be true.

Eph 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work in us,...

That is right. His design has placed within each of us His power that will go to work if given the correct environment.

What more do you want a LOVING GOD to do!

Eph 3:17 ....And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filed to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Paul prays that we “may have the power” together with all the saints. There would be no need to pray that we would have the power, if the power was loosed automatically as the Spirit entered.

For today we are taught, except Jesus into your heart, confess, turn from your sins, and the Spirit will come into your body with all His power, so get going, you have received everything. And well, it is true that where the Spirit is, there is the power, which is to say, where the Spirit is, only gives you access to everything you will ever need to live a holy and godly life in this present age.

For if the full power took over our lives the minute the Spirit entered, we would all be living a holy and godly life. No, it takes time to be rooted and established in love and if you are not willing to do the time, don’t fool yourself into thinking your going to grasp how wide, long and deep is this love of Christ, or even to know this love that surpasses knowledge.

Jesus was baptized and was filled with the Holy Spirit in Luke 4:1, but it was not until he returns from the desert, that in Luke 4:14 described him as being under the power of the Spirit. There is only one baptism, even though there are three different components that we need to recognize and acknowledge. First the receiving of the Spirit, second the dying to yourself or circumcision of the heart, and finally receiving the power to know and do the will of God for your life.

For those of us who have the Spirit and think we have the power, we pull out our measuring lines and lay them beside the grace of God, only to find that our lines stop just this side of the rebuilding work that Jesus wants to do in each of our temples. And because that is as far as your line will go, that’s as far as you will go. But don’t be too hard on yourself, for when you look around nobody else believes their line is long enough either. Quote by C.S. Lewis “We settle for less than what God has for us.”

The sad reality is, wide is the gate that leads to destruction and narrow is the way that leads to heaven. And if you are satisfied with sacrificing true substance for hollow companionship, carry on. But the remnant will believe and take action. The elect will lay down their sickles and come to the temple. The sheep will hear his voice and follow.

If you are going with the majority, you will be using the wide gate.

Eze 43:6 While the man was standing beside me, I heard someone speaking to me inside the temple. He said: “Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place of the soles of my feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever. The house of Israel will never again defile my holy name - by their prostitution and the lifeless idols of their kings at the high places. When they placed their threshold next to my threshold and their doorposts next to my doorposts, with only a wall between me and them, they defiled my holy name by their detestable practices. So I destroyed them in my anger. Now let them put away from me their prostitution and lifeless idols of their kings, and I will live among them forever.” “Son of man, describe the temple to the people of Israel, that they may be ashamed of all they have done, make known to them the design of the temple - its arrangement, its exits and entrances - its whole design and all its regulations and laws. Write these down before them so that they may be faithful to its design and follow all its regulations.

The message in this book is an attempt to educate you, from God’s word, on the whole design of your temple and all God’s laws and regulations that govern how your body will function, that is, either testifying to His goodness or demonstrating what appears to be His inabilities.

Jer 22:13 “Woe to him who builds his house without righteousness, and his upper rooms without justice, who uses his neighbor’s services without pay and does not give him his wages. Who says, ‘I will build myself a roomy house with spacious upper rooms and cut out its windows, paneling it with cedar and paint it bright red.’
“Do you become a king because you are competing in cedar? Did your fathers eat and drink, and do righteousness? Then it was well with him.” “He pled the cause of the afflicted and needy; then it was well. Is not that what it means to know me?” declares the Lord.

The Lord is warning all peoples who are building their place of residence, and everyone is building by the fact that they are living, that to avoid calamity they must incorporate righteousness and justice into all aspects of construction.

Justice comes from knowledge and understanding, which should be developed and stored in our upper rooms, our minds, but to deprive an associate of what he needs to maintain himself in his integrity is to deny justice.

Anybody that builds their house by withholding the laborer’s wages will naturally over size their rooms and the bigger the house the more he needs to consume to fill it. The ongoing attempt to process what was consumed by fewer and fewer laborer’s willing to work without pay, automatically produces an environment hostile or inflamed. An inflamed house gets painted red.

The Lord is asking the question of whether you become a king by who consumes the most to tell us the answer. The classic statement “Less is More” has never been more relevant or fit so precise.

The Lord possesses the question to state the obvious answer; you do not become a king by the quantity of that which lines the inside of your house.

By the next question He goes on to tell us that IF our fathers exhibited justice and righteousness, it was only through their disciple in the area of eating and drinking that enabled them to plead the cause of the afflicted and needy. The Lord repeats Himself to underscore the affects of the discipline by stating “Then it was well with him”. To maintain the integrity of the discipline is what it means to know Him.

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