Mount Moriah – The Place Where You Meet God

Mount Moriah, in Jerusalem, is the most historically valuable piece of Real Estate on planet Earth.

Originally written on Saturday, April 7, 2007

Could all these events have possibly occurred at the same location?

  1. God promises to make Abram the father of faith.
  2. Melchizedek blesses Abram at Salem (an old name for the city of Jerusalem).
    • Genesis 14:18-20 (NIV) – “Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. 20 And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.”
  3. Abraham offers Isaac on Mount Moriah.
    • Genesis 22:1-19 (NIV) – “Some time later, God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”…”
  4. Jacob’s dream occurred on Mount Moriah, according to Rabbinic scholars.
  5. Ruth comes to Boaz at the threshing floor.
  6. The Lord God appeared to David.
    • 2 Samuel 24:18 – “And Gad came that day to David and said to him, “Go up, erect an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.”
    • 1 Chronicles 21:18 “Therefore, the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to David that David should go and erect an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Ornan (Araunah) the Jebusite.”
  7. 840 B.C. – Solomon built the First Temple on Mount Moriah, Jerusalem.
    • 2 Chronicles 3:1Now Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan (Araunah) the Jebusite.”
  8. 586 B.C. – Solomon’s Temple on Mount Moriah, Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar.
  9. 520-515 B.C. – The Temple was rebuilt on Mount Moriah, Jerusalem under Zerubbabel.
  10. From 37-11 B.C., Herod the Great added to Zerubbabel’s Temple located on Mount Moriah to such an extent that this Temple became known as “Herod’s Temple.” This was the Temple of Jesus’ day.
  11. From 26-29 A.D., Jesus Christ appeared in the temple as the Son of God, and as God’s Word to men, declaring himself to be the new temple, and preaching and teaching salvation for all.
    • John 2:19-21 – “Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?”  But He was speaking of the temple of His body.”
  12. In 70 A.D., the temple was destroyed by the Romans, under Titus.
  13. In 135 AD, Hadrian, the Roman, completely removed all the ruins and traces of the second Temple.
  14. In 625 AD, according to the Muslim faith, Mohammed left the earth from Mount Moriah.
  15. In 635, the Muslims conquered Byzantium, and took control of Jerusalem.
  16. In 685, a Moslem mosque, called, “The Dome of the Rock” was built on Mount Moriah.

Future Events at Mount Moriah

  1. Scripture describes events of the Temple that have not yet come to pass. Therefore, the temple must be rebuilt at some point in the future. Many Christians and Jews believe that The Dome of the Rock will be destroyed, and the Jewish Temple will be rebuilt after the Ark of the Covenant is found.
  1. When the “abomination of desolation” is brought into the holy of holies, the end of the world will come.
  • Daniel 11-12
  • Daniel 12:11 – “And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.
  • Matthew 24
  • Mark 13
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 – “1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”

Present Application

  1. Since Jesus Christ came and paid the ultimate sacrifice for all time, there is no longer any need for a temple. No longer do we need a place to offer sacrifices.
  • Mark 12:33 – “And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifice”
  • Hebrews 7:26-27 – “26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.”
  • Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
  1. The Lord no longer uses Mount Moriah as a holy place of interaction with the human race. After Jesus finished his work on earth, the door was opened for God to relate to each man personally.
  • 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (NIV) – “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.”
  • 1 Corinthians 6:19 – “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”
  1. God appears to us personally in a certain holy place in our hearts. It is important to nurture our relationship with God in this place.
  • 1 Corinthians 7:17-23 – “17 But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches. 18 Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters. 20 Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called. 21 Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it. 22 For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called.”
  1. If you are seeking God, look for Him in places where you have found him before. If you seem to have lost God, go back to the place where you last remembered Him and experienced His presence.
    • Luke 22:39 – “Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him.”
  2. Once the Lord finishes his work in a place, he will never again be found in the same place, in the same way. To seek him in the same place is to insinuate that God did not finish the work He came to do.

Sources

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