When the Babylonians invaded Judah and laid siege to Jerusalem, the Holy Temple was desecrated, robbed, with all the treasures and furnishing of value taken to Babylon. According to both Scripture and other Jewish text, the Jewish population of over 10,000 people who were taken into captivity, at a time which came to be known as the Diaspora or exile. The Prophet Ezekiel saw, in a vision, the “Glory of the Lord” leaving the Temple before it was desecrated and destroyed. A mystery which has been going on for centuries has to do with the Ark of the Covenant. Was it destroyed during the destruction of the Temple? Was in carried off to Babylon and melted down for the gold? Was it hidden before the imminent invasions? Some believe it is still buried beneath the Temple Mount. Others believe it was ‘raptured’ to heaven. For some Jewish groups, and for many Christians, the Ark still plays a very significant role as part of Messianic and Apocalyptic future events.
What is on my heart today however, is the issue of the Glory of God leaving the Temple before the desecration and destruction. As Christians, we know that we are a Royal Priesthood, and our bodies, are Temples unto Christ. That includes not only our physical organs, or flesh, but also the workings of the intellect, the mind, or the soul. It also includes our spirit, which should be in continual communion with the Holy Spirit. So on this particular day, I came to ask myself, “What is the condition of my Temple today?” Have my behaviors, both as actions or possibly refusals to act, been holy unto the Lord? What about my thoughts today? Have I entertained wanderings of the mind, or imaginations which are unhealthy and disgraceful before the eyes of my Lord? Did I live as a faithful witness, a disciple in imitation of Jesus Christ? To what extent did I worship idols today, like those of this fallen Babylon world? Was my mind on the material or the spiritual? If I fell short this day, did I come to the Lord, broken, with a sincere heart of confession? Are there yet things in my life, in my mind, in my heart, which I know require repentance? These are very, very important question – are they not? As I pray about these things this day, I hope that you might join me.
Yours in Christ,