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A BENEFIT OF PRAISE

Saul

Troubled by Evil Spirits

1 Samuel 16:14-17,23 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the LORD troubled him.

And Saul’s servants said to him, “Surely, a distressing spirit from God is troubling you. Let our master now command your servants, who are before you, to seek out a man who is a skillful player on the harp; and it shall be that he will play it with his hand when the distressing spirit from God is upon you, and you shall be well.”

So Saul said to his servants, “Provide me now a man who can play well, and bring him to me.”

Music Brought Deliverance

Whenever the distressing spirit came on Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the distressing spirit would leave him.

Well means skillfully. Musicians and singers should be skillful. Saul’s servants knew to seek a skilled musician because they had seen the power of anointed music before. David was chosen.

God’s Pattern for Worship:

Worship in Tabernacle

Another principle of biblical interpretation is the “law of much mention.” This principle says that the amount of space given a particular subject indicates its importance.

Fifty-one chapters in the Old Testament are devoted to the tabernacles, showing their importance to us.

REVIEW: TABERNACLES – TEMPLES IN OLD TESTAMENT

There are several tabernacles and temples mentioned in the Old Testament. Since these were the places where the people met with God, where they entered into His Presence, it is important we have a basic understanding of them and the difference between them.

Tabernacle of Moses

The pattern or blueprint for the Tabernacle of Moses was given in exact detail by God. Tabernacle means a tent and it was in use as the children of Israel moved through the wilderness.

The Tabernacle of Moses was the place of Old Testament worship. It was the temporary dwelling place of the Ark of the Covenant. It was there the Presence of God dwelt and the priest ministered before the Lord. Often when the children of Israel turned to sin, the Ark was captured by their enemies.

Moses’ Tabernacle came to settle in Shiloh.

David’s Tabernacle

Because David was a man of war, God did not allow him to build the temple. God gave the plans for the temple to him, and David gathered the materials from which the temple was built.

The Ark of the Covenant resided in David’s Tabernacle after it was returned by the Philistines and before Solomon’s Temple was built.

The primary purpose of the Tabernacle of David was to demonstrate the worship of God in a unique way.

The Tabernacle of David can be seen as a “window” looking into New Testament worship. The window is framed by a typical Old Testament tent or tabernacle, but the inside was completely different. The priests entered the gates with thanksgiving and the courts with praise because the Ark of God’s Presence was in full view. There was no Holy of Holies with its concealing veil and the only sacrifice offered was the sacrifice of praise.

This “window” lasted forty years until Solomon’s Temple was built. Then the window was closed and the Ark of the Covenant was transferred to Solomon’s Temple. The animal sacrifices were resumed.

Solomon’s Temple

Solomon’s Temple was designed much like Moses’ Tabernacle. It was to have been the final residence of the Ark of the Covenant. The staves for moving the Ark were taken away. This was a permanent dwelling, made of marble and gold, not a temporary tent.

However, over the years, Solomon’s Temple was allowed to fall into disrepair. When Israel was defeated and foreign kings would demand high tributes to be paid, the golden vessels were taken from the Temple to meet these demands. The gold was stripped from the walls, columns, and doors. At one time Manasseh built altars to false gods in the Temple, huts were built to house the sodomite activities in the Temple courts and “sacred” horses were stabled in the inner court.

Finally, Solomon’s Temple was completely destroyed by the Chaldeans who took everything of value to Babylon and then burned the Temple to the ground.

Zerubbabel’s Temple

This Temple was built about 520 BC and was not as grand as Solomon’s Temple but was larger. It lacked much of the furniture which was in Solomon’s Temple. The Ark of the Covenant had been lost.

Herod’s Temple

When Herod gained control of Judah he rebuilt Zerubbabel’s Temple. Herod did not build from a heart of worship. He had a passion for building and built many magnificent buildings during his reign. The Temple of Zerubbabel was simply not majestic enough for his tastes. Jesus came and went from Herod’s Temple. All of the priestly duties were in function and it was here Jesus overthrew the tables of the moneychangers.

Matthew 21:12,13 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold doves.

And He said to them, “It is written, `My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a `den of thieves.’ “

When Jesus died on the Cross, the veil between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies (much like a six inch thick rug) was supernaturally torn from top to bottom.

Throughout the history of the Jewish race, only the High Priest could go from the Holy Place into the Holy of Holies. The Holy of Holies was the place where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. It was the place where the Presence of God dwelt. The veil tore from top to bottom signifying the separation between God and man was removed. Mankind now has the privilege of coming into the Presence of God!

Jesus prophesied that not one brick would remain on another from this Temple and it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD The Temple and the surrounding buildings were burned completely and as they were burning, the gold melted and flowed into the cracks between the stones. To retrieve the gold, the stones were taken down, thus fulfilling Jesus’ prophecy.

Matthew 24:2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

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