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Templul din Ierusalim – „casă” a lui Dumnezeu şi centru liturgic al pedagogiei mesianice
The Temple in Jerusalem – “Home” to God and Liturgical Center of Messianic Pedagogy

Author(s): Ioan Bizău
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Renaşterea Cluj
Keywords: Temple, Solomon, Israel, prophets, Church

Summary/Abstract: In the mystery of pedagogy and His implication in the history of the Old Testament, God accepts the building of the Temple in Jerusalem, which He considers a topos of His presence, thus making it a source of blessings. Preceded by the Tent of the Testimony, that was both a typological matrix and pedagogic exercise, the Temple had a very special role in the history of religious experiences in the Old Testament, through both the complexity of its liturgical functions and the sensible way through which it made possible the “presence” of God’s Glory among people. From His “house” on Mount Sion, God rules and judges Israel in a history bearing a messianic end, just as He did during the time of Moses from the Tent of the Testimony. To this great sanctuary of praying and blessing, the descendents of Abraham will gather – in the rhythm of a pilgrimage that becomes a major experience of religiosity in the Old Testament –, to reveal themselves as sons and daughters of the same nation and meet the True God, just like they gathered around the Tent of the Testimony long time ago, during the pilgrimage in the Sinai desert. The purpose of the Temple in Jerusalem to function as an eloquent sign of God’s presence among the people of Israel and as messianic typos ceases to exist with the commencement of the New Pledge by Jesus Christ our Savior; for, in fact, according to the Revelation, “in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body” (Col. 2:8). After His resurrection, the Body He assumed from Virgin Mary, “for us men, and for our salvation”, the perfect Temple of the personal presence of the Holy Trinity in the world, is to take a new, transfi gured form that will set His presence “everywhere, at all times” up to the end of history: in the cult of His Eucharistic Body celebrated “in spirit and truth” (cf. John 4:23-24) by His mystic Body – the Church.

  • Issue Year: V/2012
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 23-40
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Romanian