Acts 7:45-50 ~ A House of Cedar (part two)

Acts 7:45-50 ~ A House of Cedar (part two)

This week we continued our detour exploring questions about the purpose and origin of the temple. We did a cursory overview of temple history and discussed a number of Scripture passages for the purpose of better understanding whether the temple was something God desired or not. We have been looking into the possibility that God (1) had no desire of a Temple and (2) permitted it to be built even though it was not part of His perfect plan.  

Scroll down for a bunch of extra resources to help you do your own research. 

Click to read this week’s passages in KJV, CSB, ESV, NIV: 

  • Acts 7:45-50 (our main focal passage that got us on this rabbit trail)
  • Ezra 1 (reference to Cyrus sending the Israelites back home in 538 B.C.)
  • 2 Samuel 7:1-17 (David’s desire to build; Nathan’s word from the LORD)
  • 1 Chronicles 17:1-15 (David’s desire to build; Nathan’s word from the LORD)
  • Isaiah 44:24-28 (Isaiah predicts Cyrus would return the Jews to the Holy Land)
  • 1 Kings 9:1-9 (God tells Solomon that He would bless the Temple)

Acts 7:45-50 ~ A House of Cedar (part two)

Solomon’s Temple; Zerubbabel’s Temple; Herod’s Temple; Cyrus the Great

* Recorded: LIVE. This audio has been edited for class member privacy, time, and content.

PowerPoint Presentation:

There was no PowerPoint this week. 

Whiteboard:Whiteboard January 28th

Recommended Resources:*

Here are some articles that will be helpful in exploring the position that the Temple was not God’s perfect will:

* Please note: Links to these articles do not equate to endorsement of the author’s theology or point of view. These links are provided as supplemental resources and should be read in conjunction with published commentaries on Acts. 

Additional Resources:

Temple Comparison


Solomon's Temple


Herod's Temple


Temple Comparison

Temple Comparison

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Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission). She and her husband of 22 years have one son who is in the 11th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and 1w9 on the Enneagram. She enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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