November 2, 2014
God’s Divine Glory Returns
Unifying Principle (Focus)
People look for a place where they can experience some sense of release and orderliness, away from the chaos that sometimes surrounds them. Where can such a place be found? Ezekiel’s vision, given to him by God, revealed to the Israelites that God’s calming presence and merciful glory could be felt in sacred places where God is truly worshiped.
Goals for the Learners
To comprehend the vision of God’s holy and merciful glory in the temple.
To associate a sense of holiness of place with the presence and mercy of God.
To grow in respect for the sacredness of worship settings.
Lesson Challenges for the Week
Arrive early for worship next week. Walk around the sacred space, noting anything ( for example, stained glass windows, carvings, paintings, candles, Bibles) that makes this space holy and God-filled for you.
Create in your home a sacred space where you might have a Bible, candles, cross, and other items that are special to you. Regularly spend some time in this space communing with God.
Talk with several other Christians about the characteristics of the places where they find God. If possible, interview someone who worships in an ornate church; someone else who worships in simpler place, such as a clapboard church; and someone else whose church meets in a school or commercial building. What differences and similarities did you hear?