Originally Posted by Rose
I hope so Rose...it's what I have been saying for some time now.
1. Where was the ark of the covenant in the above passages? In the verse I quoted below it is clearly seen that first God instructs the Jews to make a mercy seat of pure gold, then put two cherubim of gold to cover the mercy seat, and it is between those cherubim above the mercy seat, that God's presence dwells and he communes with
Exo.25:17 And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof...20) And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be....22) And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.
First....God didn't "instruct the Jews" as I believe you are meaning. God instructed Israel....all twelve tribes. The Levitical priests, one of the tribes (Levi) were those in charge of the holy things.
In the passage you quoted it is written, "And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony."
2. Was it in a temple made of stone? As you well know the first Tabernacle was not made of stone, but rather it was made of
cloth, animal skins, and wood....it still being a house of God made by human hands
I do "well know" that He has never dwelt in a temple made with hands. How do I well know it...He tells me that very thing.
Acts 7:48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,
3. He does dwell IN Zion and He does dwell IN Jerusalem. They are His temple...for they are His children. Are you saying that in Old Covenant times God
dwelt in the hearts of men in the same manner as in New Covenant times?
Exodus 29:45-46 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the LORD their God.