“My body is my temple” is a common phrase that has a variety of meanings depending on who you talk to. Most people don’t give it much thought. But generally this expression denotes holiness and I want to talk about just how true this is.
Did you know that there are parts of our bodies and our actions that mirror the furnishings in the Holy tabernacle? Did you know that while the physical temple does not exist today, that the daily temple service is portrayed in our bodies and executed by our obedience? “My body is my temple” is more than a phrase, it’s a way of life and I’m going to attempt to show how real this is using the temple as a picture.
The Ark of the Covenant is the most important piece of furnishing in the tabernacle because that’s where Yahweh’s Spirit dwelled. And today, His Spirit dwells within our hearts. (Ephesians 3:17)
The most important article in the Ark was the tablets containing the Ten Commandments. Likewise, the Ten Commandments are written on the tablets of our hearts. (2 Corin 3:3)
The Menorah is a picture of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) (Isa 11:1-2) and it’s thematically connected to the Altar of Incense because Aaron was commanded to burn the incense while he tends to the menorah. (Exodus 30:7-8) The connection between the Menorah and the Altar of Incense was a shadow of the ministry of the Ruach HaKodesh in our prayers. Consider the following:
Weakness of the flesh is a hindrance to effective prayer. (Mark 14:38)
As we can see, the Ruach (Menorah) helps us overcome the weakness of our flesh by interceding for us (Altar of Incense) when we pray.
Through the ministry of prayer (Altar of Incense) the disciples were filled with the Ruach (Menorah). (Acts 4:31)
Again we see a thematic connection when the gift of the Ruach (Menorah) was given after the ministry of prayer (Altar of Incense). (Acts 8:15)
Praying (Altar of Incense) in tongues is a technique used to allow ones Ruach (Menorah) to pray. (1 Corin 14:14-15)
We are exhorted to pray (Altar of Incense) “in the Spirit” (Menorah). (Ephesians 6:18)
Paul expects deliverance from the combination of prayer (Altar of Incense) and the working of the Ruach (Menorah). (Philippians 1:19)
Once again, we are exhorted to pray (Altar of Incense) “in the Spirit” (Menorah). (Jude 1:20)
All of the New Covenant passages reinforce the connection between the Ruach and prayer. This is the ministry we are called to now – a daily ministry of prayer at the Menorah and the Altar of Incense.
Showbread symbolizes the Messiah Yeshua. (John 6:33, John 6:35, John 6:48, John 6:51) He is the bread of life that we are to partake of on a daily basis. The daily provision of manna in the wilderness was given as a symbol to teach this lesson. (John 6:49:58)
The Altar of Burnt Offering, or olah, is an offering that symbolizes the worshipper giving themselves in complete obedience to the commandments of Adonai. The thematic connections relating the olah to obedience and service are beautifully pictured for us in Psalm 40:6-8 “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering (olah) and sin offering You did not require. Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God. And Your law is within my heart.
The olah is the most basic sacrifice that we are to offer to Adonai today. It consists of us offering ourselves daily in service to Adonai, fulfilling his will through obedience to His commandments. (Rom 12:1-2)