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The Temple in Jerusalem was not only magnificent to gaze upon, but something that made the Jews very proud. Rebuilt by Zerubbabel and Ezra (Ezra 6:15) and greatly expanded and improved by Herod, the temple was the centre of Jewish life for almost 1,000 years. Covered with blocks of gold and marble, it has been said that this masterpiece was blinding to the eye on sunny days, and from a distance strangers thought there was snow on the temple. It was customary for the Jews to swear by the temple (Matthew 23:16), and so speaking against the temple could be considered blasphemy (Acts 6:13).
Here we see the disciples like tourists, admiring this radiant construction in amazement, awaiting the same reply from Jesus. To their surprise Jesus says “You’re impressed by this grandiose architecture? There’s not a stone in the whole works that is not going to end up in a heap of rubble.” (Mark 13:2 MSG). Jesus did not hesitate to claim that He is more important than the temple. The temple was an idol to many Jews and you can see that from the mesmerised eyes of the disciples.
A lot of good things have got a subtle way of entering our lives and becoming the centrepiece of us. Slowly, yet persistently, they start to mean more to us than God Himself. The temple was initiated by God, and it was a good thing for the people of Jerusalem, for all the Jewish community for that matter, but sadly it had become more important to them than God Himself. People were so blinded by it’s brilliance, that they could not see God walking and preaching right in front of their eyes.
Some of the good things for us can become the worst idols to us, and so sometimes God sours these good things because we have allowed them to take the place of the best thing.
Today, let His light search our hearts and let our knees bend in prayer so that we will see all those good things in our life that have blinded our spiritual eyes to see the best thing – Jesus. He, who is more glorious than the temple, unbreakable by human hands and forever standing the test of time! May, by His mercy, our idols be soured so that we can taste and enjoy His sweet presence always. Amen