The Dwelling Place of God
The Temple in Jerusalem was an architectural wonder, having
been built by Herod the Great, one of the greatest
architects of the ancient world. The Jews referred to it as
the "Second Temple" because the Babylonians destroyed the
First Temple in 586 BC. The location of the Temple was very
significant, the holy of holies rested upon the exact place
where David bought the threshing floor of Auranah.
Throughout Jewish history the High-priest would enter the
holy of holies once per year on Yom Kippur and sprinkle the
sacrificial blood between the cherubim upon the mercy seat,
which was the lid on the Ark of the Covenant, and inside of
it was the law of God. The presence of the Lord was called
the "Shekinah" and the glory would fill the Temple. The
Lord referred to the Temple as His "dwelling place".