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Tanya~
Sep 29th 2008, 09:48 PM
Hi Everyone!

Easing back into this study of Acts, we find ourselves in the middle of a council meeting. The Sanhedrin has brought Stephen before the members to put him on trial because of his testimony of Jesus Christ. Stephen has been laying out an outline of the history of the children of Israel. Today’s lesson focuses on Stephen's comments concerning the tabernacle and temple. It would be helpful, if you have time, to read through the whole chapter to get a sense of the context.



Acts 7:44-50 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=%20Acts%207:44-50;&version=50;)

44 "Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as He appointed, instructing Moses to make it according to the pattern that he had seen, 45 which our fathers, having received it in turn, also brought with Joshua into the land possessed by the Gentiles, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers until the days of David, 46 who found favor before God and asked to find a dwelling for the God of Jacob. 47 But Solomon built Him a house.

48 "However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says:

49'Heaven is My throne,
And earth is My footstool.
What house will you build for Me? says the LORD,
Or what is the place of My rest?
50 Has My hand not made all these things?'
NKJV

~~ Question numbers below correspond to verse numbers above. ~~
~~ Questions marked with an *asterisk are optional challenge or for extra study. ~~~


44.
What was the origin of the tabernacle?
Why was it made?
Where was it made?
How did Moses get the instructions and pattern for the tabernacle? (Ex 25:1-9 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ex%2025:1-9;&version=50;))

45.
Who brought the tabernacle into the land?
Who possessed the land at that time?
What happened to them?
How long did that take?

46.
What do you learn about David’s relationship with God?
For what did David ask?


*What was God’s response to this request? ( summarize 2 Sam 7 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Sam%207;&version=50;)) How does this relate to Jesus?


47.
Who built the house for God?
From where did Solomon get the plans to build the house? (1 Chronicles 28:11-13; 19 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Chronicles%2028:11-13;%2019;&version=50;))

48-50.
What do you learn about God’s need for a house?
If God did not need a place to live, why do you think He gave such specific instructions for the building of the tabernacle and the temple? (Heb 8:5) (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Heb%208:5%29;&version=50;)
What was the purpose for the temple? (1 Kings 8:27-29; Isa 56:7 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Kings%208:27-29;%20Isa%2056:7;&version=50;))

As soon as I get them prepared, I will post my thoughts on this passage in my blog and will let you all know.


Happy studying! :)

Phroggie
Sep 29th 2008, 11:00 PM
Very sneaky Tanya!:lol: I'm just on my way to SnoozeLand, so will do the study tomorrow. Looking forward to getting back in to Acts!

RoadWarrior
Sep 30th 2008, 01:36 AM
44.
What was the origin of the tabernacle? Moses made it
Why was it made? according to the pattern given to him by God
Where was it made? in the wilderness
How did Moses get the instructions and pattern for the tabernacle? (Ex 25:1-9 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ex%2025:1-9;&version=50;))The Lord spoke to him.

45.
Who brought the tabernacle into the land? Joshua and the fathers of the Jews.
Who possessed the land at that time? the Gentiles
What happened to them? God drove them out before the face of the fathers.
How long did that take? Until the days of David.

46.
What do you learn about David’s relationship with God? He found favor with God.
For what did David ask? To find a dwelling for God.


*What was God’s response to this request? ( summarize 2 Sam 7 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Sam%207;&version=50;)) How does this relate to Jesus? God has no need for a dwelling. He has never asked for one. But He will allow David's son to build a house for Him. However, God will build a house for David, and establish an eternal throne for his lineage. Jesus as the descendant of David will reign eternally, as the Son of God.


47.
Who built the house for God? Solomon
From where did Solomon get the plans to build the house? (1 Chronicles 28:11-13; 19 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Chronicles%2028:11-13;%2019;&version=50;)) His father David gave him the plans, which he had received by the Spirit of God.

48-50.
What do you learn about God’s need for a house? He does not need a house. He does not dwell in temples made by hands, earth is His footstool and heaven is His throne.
If God did not need a place to live, why do you think He gave such specific instructions for the building of the tabernacle and the temple? (Heb 8:5) (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Heb%208:5%29;&version=50;)
It is a copy and a shadow of heavenly things.
What was the purpose for the temple? (1 Kings 8:27-29; Isa 56:7 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Kings%208:27-29;%20Isa%2056:7;&version=50;))
It is a place for the people to focus their prayers, a place for the Name of the Lord to be reverenced. It is to be a house of prayer.

As soon as I get them prepared, I will post my thoughts on this passage in my blog and will let you all know.


Happy studying! :)

Thank you!

mcgyver
Oct 1st 2008, 04:07 PM
Hello all!

I was asked (since we're all just now getting back into the study) to post an outline that I did for our study at church, which I think really helps to contextualize the events/places/persons/ministries that we find in Acts.

So here 'tis:


The Book of Acts

Author: Luke the Physician, Author of the Gospel of Luke and companion of Paul.

Addressed to: “Theophilus” (Lit. Lover of God). Probably not an actual name, but a “code-name” for a high placed Roman official. The salutation “Most Excellent” is equivalent to the modern “His Excellency” form of Address.

Dating of the Letter: Paul was imprisoned in Rome in AD 64, and was martyred in the reign of Nero who died in AD 68. Most sources are in agreement that Paul’s death was in late AD 67, but there is no way to be sure. This letter was probably written around AD 66-67 as Luke mentions that Paul was in his own rented house for 2 years at the time of writing.

Purpose of the Letter: Threefold.
1.To commend Christianity to the Roman Government.
2.To show that Christianity was for all men in all countries.
3.To fulfill the commission in Acts 1:8. To be a witness.

It has been speculated that Acts may have been a “legal brief” in defense of Paul before Caesar. The Greek is almost classical in its quality, and details are recorded in exacting detail, that is to say that they could be easily verified.

Structure of the Letter: Theologian C.H. Turner has pointed out that Acts falls into 6 separate sections, each ending with a “Progress Report”. These Sections are as follows:

(a) Acts 1:1-6:7; this tells of the church at Jerusalem and the preaching of Peter; and it finishes with the summary, "The word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem; and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

(b) Acts 6:8-9:31; this describes the spread of Christianity through Palestine and the martyrdom of Stephen, followed by the preaching in Samaria. It ends with the summary, "Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.”

(c) Acts 9:32-12:24; this includes the conversion of Paul, the extension of the Church to Antioch, and the reception of Cornelius, the Gentile, into the Church by Peter. Its summary is, "But the word of God grew and multiplied.”

(d) Acts 12:25-16:5; this tells of the extension of the Church through Asia Minor and the preaching tour of Galatia. It ends, "So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily”.

(e) Acts 16:6-19:20; this relates the extension of the Church to Europe and the work of Paul in great Gentile cities like Corinth and Ephesus. Its summary runs, "So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed. “

(J) Acts 19:21-28:31; this tells of the arrival of Paul in Rome and his imprisonment there. It ends with the picture of Paul “preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him”.

Tanya~
Oct 1st 2008, 04:10 PM
Thank you for posting this outline mcgyver! The groupings are really interesting with the summary points at the end. That's a really great way to divide it up.

I hope that we can look forward to many more contributions from you.

Tanya~
Oct 1st 2008, 04:15 PM
Blog post is ready, you can find it here (http://bibleonlinestudy.blogspot.com/2008/09/brief-history-of-tabernacle-and-temple.html). I know that Tango and Phroggie are still suffering jet lag so we will give you plenty of time to get back in the swing of things. Thank you Road Warrior for your comments on the blog by the way!

tango
Oct 1st 2008, 09:45 PM
Well so far I know what day it is most of the time, and my reckoning of what month it is has finally stabilised. What time it is, well that's anybody's guess right now.... but time to get on with the study regardless!


The tabernacle was originally created by Moses, in accordance with the instructions given to him by God. The tabernacle was made in the wilderness and was movable, so that the people would always have a place to praise God and offer their sacrifices for the duration of their exodus.

Joshua led the people into the promised land with the tabernacle, driving out the Gentiles who had previously occupied the land. They were driven out and the tabernacle remained there until the time of David.

David found favour with God and wanted to build a permanent temple. But God promised him something far greater, namely that Jesus would come from David's line and would set up the throne of God forever. Instead Solomon, David's son, built the house for God using plans given to him by David, who in turn had received the plans from God.

God does not need a physical house to dwell in, despite frequent references throughout the Old Testament to God dwelling within the tabernacle and within the temple it is clear that when "heaven is [his] throne and earth is [his] footstool" anything we might build is rather lacking by comparison.

The tabernacle and temple were specified in such fine detail to be a shadow of an equivalent structure within heaven.The temple was more for man's benefit than God's - it gave mankind a place to go in order to meet God, a place to keep holy, and a place they would know God would see and hear them.

Phroggie
Oct 3rd 2008, 09:42 PM
Hi Everyone,

At last I've FINALLY finished the lesson. Thanks Tanya, for waiting for me!:hug:

44.
What was the origin of the tabernacle? Moses made it
Why was it made? God instructed Moses to make it according to the pattern HE had shown him.
Where was it made? In the wilderness.
How did Moses get the instructions and pattern for the tabernacle? (Ex 25:1-9 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ex%2025:1-9;&version=50;)) The Lord spoke to him

45.
Who brought the tabernacle into the land? Joshua and the ancestral fathers of the Jews.
Who possessed the land at that time? the Gentiles
What happened to them? God drove them out of the land
How long did that take? until the time of King David.

46.
What do you learn about David’s relationship with God? He found favour with God (i.e. God was happy with him. Thanks tango for the explanation!)
For what did David ask? That he be permitted to find a dwelling for God.


*What was God’s response to this request? ( summarize 2 Sam 7 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Sam%207;&version=50;)) How does this relate to Jesus?
I confess to struggling a bit with this passage initially. Having read RW's post helped fit a few of the pieces together. Thanks RW!

47.
Who built the house for God? Solomon
From where did Solomon get the plans to build the house? (1 Chronicles 28:11-13; 19 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Chronicles%2028:11-13;%2019;&version=50;)) From King David who had received them 'in writing from the hand of the Lord.' (v.19)

48-50.
What do you learn about God’s need for a house? HE has no need for a physical structure. Heaven is HIS thrown and the earth is HIS footstool.

If God did not need a place to live, why do you think He gave such specific instructions for the building of the tabernacle and the temple? (Heb 8:5) (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Heb%208:5%29;&version=50;)
It was a mere copy and shadow to Heaven's tabernacle. Is it possible that God wanted to give his people a TINY insight to what awaited them in HIS kingdom? Would they have realized what they were seeing, even if this had been the case?

What was the purpose for the temple? (1 Kings 8:27-29; Isa 56:7 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Kings%208:27-29;%20Isa%2056:7;&version=50;))
It was a house of prayer 'for all nations' (Isa 56:7)

RoadWarrior
Oct 4th 2008, 01:51 AM
Hi Phroggie, good to see you! :pp

I love that concept - the copy of things in the heavenlies...

I think that is why we still like to worship in beautiful churches. We want to experience in some small earthly way, the grandeur of heaven when we are in the House of the Lord.

What stood out the most to me though in doing this study, is that the temple was to be a house of prayer. This year I have been looking more deeply at prayer, and seeking to press in more to the heart of God ...

Maybe as we go along, we will connect this to the concept that in the NT, we (the Church) are the temple. Can my own heart be a "house of prayer" to the Lord?

:hug:

Welcome home!

Tanya~
Oct 7th 2008, 07:25 PM
The new lesson is posted, check the new sticky! :)