Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. But many of the priests and Levites and heads of the fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this temple was laid before their eyes. Ezra 3:11-12

You can plan and build a house in any design you want. You can paint the walls any color. You and you alone decide if you want carpet, linoleum, or wood floors.
Your home is yours and you make these decisions.
If you sale that house the new owners can paint another color, rip out the carpet, and make any change they want. The house belongs to them now.
Not all changes are bad. Many home renovation reality shows give the benefits of redoing the entire house, making it more sound, comfortable, and beautiful.

Such is the case with my grand-parents house. After their deaths, the house sold to some friends, who eventually sold it to someone else.
Now it’s up for sale again and the realtor listed pictures of the house and property.
The first thing I noticed was the kitchen cabinets were green instead of the natural wood color they once were.
Like I said, the house belongs to someone else but it sure shocked me.

I wonder if God would recognize His house – the gathering, the singing, and the ministering of the word. We certainly do things much different from the days of the Temple.
And I’ve noticed how much the church has changed just in my lifetime. I’ve witnessed the change of wooden pews to cushy chairs; open window service replaced with air-conditioning and many hymnals are out while a multi-media system is in.
I think these changes only enhance the worship and preaching service. I really like air-conditioning and heat. I think these changes are good.
But, unlike my grand-parents house, are there changes in God’s house that He is displeased with? After all, IT IS HIS HOUSE.

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