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".