Ready for my answer? In my previous post, I posed the question “why does God care so much about having a home on earth?”
Whether it was the Garden of Eden, or the tabernacle of Moses, or the temple of Solomon… God placed a lot of emphasis on having a physical building/place where His people would gather and worship Him. Why is that? Why would a spiritual God care so much about a physical building?
Why? Because our God is an INCARNATIONAL GOD.
‘incarnation’ = being incarnate, taking flesh, assuming human form or nature
Being incarnational means that God speaks to us in our own language. He comes to us in a form that we can understand. He knows that we are flesh and blood so therefore He uses the same flesh and blood to communicate with us.
“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same.” Hebrews 2:14
[He] “…made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:7
When God wanted to save the world from sin, He didn’t just shout instructions from on high, or wait for us to be able to ascend up to His level. He became like us. He spoke our language. He shared our nature. He did that so we could relate to Him – not because He needed it, but because we needed it.