May the Lord who made heaven and earth bless you from Zion.
This is the last verse of the last song of Ascent. It is appropriate because the Jewish people thought God was present especially in Zion, another name for Jerusalem. God would come down to the Temple. This is why Jerusalem and the Temple were so critical to the faith life of Jesus and his fellow Jews.
But, there was a major crisis to the Jewish faith when the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD. The Temple was the only place they had true worship. So, now what? Well, the synagogue, the house of teaching, became prominent. But, it was the home that became the center place for focusing on God, in particular on the Sabbath.
The destruction of the Temple was not a crisis for the Christians who followed Jesus. They believed Jesus himself became the Temple. We follow this same teaching. Wherever those who love Jesus live, there is your Temple. Where we live, where we work, where we spend our time, that’s the Temple as we bless others.
And like our Jewish friends, this begins in the home.
What are some ways you can make progress in making your home a house of blessing? Try it out.