House of God
1. WHY did God instruct His people to
build a sanctuary?
"And let them make Me a sanctuary; that I may dwell
them." Ex. 25:8.
2. How did He tell them to regard this dwelling-place of God?
"Ye shall keep My Sabbaths, and reverence My sanctuary: I am the Lord."
3. What does the Lord say of things dedicated to His service?
"Every devoted thing is most holy unto the Lord." Lev. 27:28.
4. When God met Moses at the burning bush, why did He tell him to take
off his shoes?
"And He said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from
off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground." Ex.
3:5. See also Joshua 5:15.
NOTE.-The presence of God made the place holy. Whenever God
meets with His people, that place is holy.
5. When the
tabernacle was reared anciently, what occurred?
"Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and
the glory of the
Lord filled the tabernacle." Ex. 40:34. See 2 Chron. 5:13,14.
6. Why should all show respect for the house of worship.
"The Lord is
in His holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before Him." Hab. 2:20.
NOTE.-A failure to recognize this fact leads many to treat the house
worship without due respect. Nothing seems more appropriate to divine
worship than that a sense of awe and silence should pervade the place of
worship, and that only the sound of prayer, praise, and thanksgiving
to God should be heard within its walls. Both upon entering and just
before leaving the house of God it is highly appropriate and a most excellent
practice for each worshiper to bow the head for a few moments in silent
7. How did Christ manifest His regard for the sanctity of
"And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple,
and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the
tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold doves; and
would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the
temple. And He taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house
shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it
a den of thieves." Mark 11:15-17.
cleansing occurred at the close of Christ's public ministry. There was a similar cleansing also at the
His ministry. See John 2:13-17.
8. What punishment did God bring upon Nadab and Abihu or offering
strange or common fire in the tabernacle service?
"And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his
censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered
strange fire before the Lord, which He commanded them not. And there
went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the
Lord." Lev. 10:1,2.
like the two cleansings of the temple by Christ at the beginning
and close of His ministry (John 2:13-17; Matt. 21:12-16), shows that God
is particular in regard to the worship and conduct of the worshipers
in His house. No performance or exercise should be permitted in any
church or building especially dedicated to God's service which is not in
keeping with its sacred character, or conducive to reverence for God and for holy things. It should not be made a place for feasting,
visiting, or worldly entertainment and amusement.
9. For what purpose are we exhorted to have grace?
receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved,
let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence
and godly fear: for our God is a consuming fire." Heb. 12:28,29.
10. In what spirit did David say he would worship?
"But as for me, I will come into Thy house in the multitude of Thy
mercy: and in Thy fear will I worship toward Thy holy temple." Ps. 5:7.
11. What instruction has Solomon given respecting our conduct in the
house of God?
"Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready
to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that
they do evil." Eccl. 5:1.
12. How extensively has God said He would be honored?
"For from the
rising of the sun even unto the going down
of the same My name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every
place incense shall be offered unto My name, and a pure offering: for My
name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts." Mal. 1:11.
13. For how many did God design that His house should be a house of
"Even them [the sons of the stranger] will I bring to My holy mountain,
and make them joyful in My house of prayer: their burnt offerings and
their sacrifices shall be accepted upon Mine altar; for Mine house shall
be called an house of prayer for all people." Isa. 56:7.
fifty-sixth chapter of Isaiah contains a prophecy relating to New Testament times. It is plain, therefore, that Christ enunciated a general principle, applicable to all houses dedicated to God' s
service, when, quoting this prophecy, He said that God's house should
be a house of prayer for all nations. See margin of Mark 11:17.
14. Who is present in all assemblies met in Christ's name?
two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them." Matt. 18:20.
WITH reverence let the saints appear,
And bow before the Lord;
His high commands with reverence hear,
And tremble at His word.
O Jesus, Lord of earth and heaven,
Our life and joy, to Thee
Be honor, thanks, and blessing given
Through all eternity.
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