Keeping the Temple Clean

December 14, 2017. So Your Called to Minister—Studies from Nehemiah

Nehemiah 13:4-11  Now before this, Eliashib the priest, having authority over the storerooms of the house of our God, was allied with Tobiah.  And he had prepared for him a large room, where previously they had stored the grain offerings, the frankincense, the articles, the tithes of grain, the new wine and oil, which were commanded to be given to the Levites and singers and gatekeepers, and the offerings for the priests.  But during all this I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I had returned to the king. Then after certain days I obtained leave from the king,  and I came to Jerusalem and discovered the evil that Eliashib had done for Tobiah, in preparing a room for him in the courts of the house of God.  And it grieved me bitterly; therefore I threw all the household goods of Tobiah out of the room.  Then I commanded them to cleanse the rooms; and I brought back into them the articles of the house of God, with the grain offering and the frankincense.  I also realized that the portions for the Levites had not been given them; for each of the Levites and the singers who did the work had gone back to his field.  So I contended with the rulers, and said, “Why is the house of God forsaken?” And I gathered them together and set them in their place.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17  Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

Walls built, gates hung and the storehouses ready and complacency sets in. twenty years later, the prophet Haggai prophecies to the people regarding their priorities and values. The enemy will invite himself in and take up residency if he is given a chance, but whether it is the house of God or your own personal life, the Devil has no place there.  Not only should he be kicked out but all his items and the then you need to find out what’s in your life that gave him access.  Holiness and sanctification require separation unto God and from sin.

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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