You shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.
I. WHAT A SANCTUARY OF GOD IS, AND WHEREIN THE HOLINESS OF IT CONSISTS. Places are capable of a relative holiness in two respects.
1. In respect of a peculiar propriety God has in them by their dedication to His immediate worship and service.
2. In respect of His especial presence vouchsafed in them, and the particular communications of His grace in the holy offices there performed.
II. WHAT RESPECT OR REVERENCE IS DUE TO SUCH HOLY PLACES.
1. The building, repairing, adorning, and furnishing such places for the service of God.
2. The keeping them from all profane and common usage, and applying them wholly to the worship of God, and the business of religion.
3. The duly frequenting the worship of God in these holy places (Psalm 43:3; Psalm 84:2, 4.)
4. Consider what reverence becomes us when we come into the House of God. Our business there is to exercise ourselves in holy and heavenly matters; and our demeanour in it ought to be such as may testify what awful thoughts we have of that glorious Majesty, before whom, in a particular manner, we present ourselves.
(John Leng, B. D.)
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