x111............2 Houses of God
Da 5:3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.
Ne 11:16 And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the chief of the Levites, had the oversight of the outward business of the house of God.
Ezr 7:24 Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them.
2Ch 3:3 Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.
1Ch 6:48 Their brethren also the Levites were appointed unto all manner of service of the tabernacle of the house of God.
These verses describe the OT "house of God". this "house" was a physical place--a temple--(actually the temple was part of what was considered the "house of God"--the house was the entire surrounding areas around the temple). It was a place that served the function of containing God--holding the presence of God. It was carefully instructed by God--on how to build it and all the details of it were told to Israel. The Levites were the ordained anointed appointed delegated authority which served within this house--they were the ones that were allowed to enter into the presence of God and minister unto Him. The rest of the people were called the congregation--they were not ministers--they only supported them with their tithe.
1Ti 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
This is the only mention of the NT "house of God" It is in reference to the homes of Christians. The NT "house of God" are the homes of believers, where they held meetings of Christians.
Ac 8:3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
Ro 16:5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.
1Co 16:19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
Col 4:15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.
1Ti 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
Phm 1:2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:
The house of God for Christians was their own homes--not a temple building anymore. They understood something which we seem to have forgotten--
1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Ephesians 2: 19-22)
Christians are the holy temple of God--no more is there the necessity to build a large building to house God--He is meant to dwell inside of all believers--and He does. It is the agreement of 2 or more Christians which brings Gods presence--not the structure of a holy place--
19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18: 19-20)
The agreement of Christians together anywhere is what brings the presence of God--not a building. The house of God in the new covenant is the homes of all believers--However, what we do when we build a large church building is to exalt the home of one of our brethren--and to say that it rules over our own homes.
This is exactly the Roman system of doing things--the greater persons' house rules the other houses. The Romans conquered people and ruled over their conquests by building a large structure and as a symbol of their authority over people.
Why is one man's house greater than the rest?
Why do we feed one man's house over the others?
Why do we exalt one person' house, and in so doing loose our own Godly homes?