The Gospel of the Holy Places
Deuteronomy 12:5-6
But to the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there…

I. God was pleased to choose out certain places to stand in A SPECIAL RELATION OF HOLINESS UNTO HIMSELF under the Old Testament. This holiness of places was two-fold, either transient and merely for the present time, or else more permanent.

1. The transient holiness of places was where the Lord gave visible appearances of Himself in His glorious majesty to the eyes of His servants; such places were holy during the time of such Divine appearances (Exodus 3:5; Exodus 19:11-25; Joshua 5:15 2 Peter 1:18).

2. There was also a more abiding holiness of places under the law.

(1) The land of Canaan (Zechariah 2:12).

(2) The cities of refuge.

(3) The tabernacle, the temple, the ark, and all the places where they came (2 Chronicles 8:11).

(4) Jerusalem was very eminent as being the place of the temple, and ark, and all the public worship thereunto belonging (Psalm 76:2; Psalm 87:2).


1. The Lord is said to choose these places to set His name there, and therefore they are called His habitation.

(1) Here were the standing symbols and tokens of His presence.

(2) In these places were visible appearances of His glory upon special occasions (Exodus 40:34; Numbers 12:5; 1 Kings 8:10, 11; Isaiah 6:1).

(3) These places had their typical significations of Christ and Gospel mysteries.

(4) These places were appointed by God to be parts, yea, principal parts, of His worship (Exodus 20:24; Ezekiel 20:40).

(5) They were, by God's appointment, the seat of all the public church worship of those times.

2. "Thither shalt thou seek," i.e. for answers and oracles from the holy places, and from the priest by Urim and Thummim (Exodus 25:22; Numbers 7:8, 9; Numbers 27:21).

3. "Thither shalt thou come," i.e. at all the appointed festivals, three times a year (Exodus 23:14, 17), and whensoever they offered sacrifice (ver. 6).Lessons:

1. The cessation of this holiness of places under the New Testament (John 4:21-23; Matthew 18:22; 1 Timothy 2:8; Malachi 1:11). Every place is now a Judaea, every house a Jerusalem, every congregation a Zion.

2. Learn to present your worship unto God by Jesus Christ, for He is the true Temple and Tabernacle (Hebrews 7:25; 1 Peter 1:21; John 14:6; Colossians 3:17).

3. Remember that there is a church worship (Acts 2:42; Acts 20:7).

4. Labour everyone, that his soul may be a habitation for the Lord, a temple of the Holy Ghost.

(S. Mather.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:

WEB: But to the place which Yahweh your God shall choose out of all your tribes, to put his name there, even to his habitation you shall seek, and there you shall come;

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