In John 20, Mary Magdalene goes to Jesus’ tomb twice. The first time, she goes to anoint the body of Jesus (Mark 16:1), only to find the stone rolled back. Assuming that the enemies of Jesus had moved the body as one last insult, Mary ran to find the disciples, bringing Peter and John back with her.
For some years now I have been preoccupied with the temple and its many iterations and echoes throughout the Bible.
This preoccupation has only grown through the realization of what most people who read the Bible have known since early childhood:
I love that scene in the old Cecille B. Demille movie, The Ten Commandments, in which the Israelites are leaving Egypt: hundreds of people streaming out of captivity and heading into the wilderness where they will learn how to be a free people.
A few hundred years after the Israelites left Egypt, King Solomon used the resources collected by King David to build a temple to replace the tabernacle made by those escaping Israelites. For about 400 years, pilgrims would gather for an annual pilgrimage to Solomon's temple in Jerusalem.
The Bible introduces us to at least nine or eleven (depending on how you look at it) temples, all of which are understood in light of the others. They seem to come in groups of three.
There is the temple of the uncreated heavens, the eternal temple, which, Revelaton suggestions, is God Himself.
Then there is the temple of the created heavens, which Isaiah describes in Isaiah 60 (heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool).
The trouble with legalism is that it is fear based and fails to realize that all things are ours in Christ. Man was not made for the Sabbath, but the Sabbath for man.
The trouble with anti-nomialism (prodigality) is that it fails to see that the law of God is the way of life.
I am always inclined toward both because I am always forgetting that I am the Temple of the Living God.
A. W. Tozer once wrote:
Deep inside every man there is a private inner sanctum where dwells the mysterious essence of his being....