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In the Gates

Reverence the Sanctuary

The Fourth Commandment


 Leviticus 19.30

You shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.”

Leviticus 26.2

You shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.”

The Lord’s Day is a day for holy convocations. The “sanctuary” of the Lord in ancient Israel was His dwelling place in the midst of His people. The people of Israel were to “reverence” – literally, fear – His dwelling, so that they regarded it as holy, and whatever was done there as worthy of the most sincere devotion.

The Church is the dwelling place of the Lord, by His Spirit. We are to fear the Church, to regard her as holy and worthy of reverence, even when she is not. Here’s a real challenge for us: How can we criticize the Church and seek her continual renewal while reverencing and fearing her at the same time? But then, how can we, if we reverence and fear the Church, not want to see her as holy as God calls her to be?

This series of In the Gates we present a detailed explanation of the Law of God, beginning with the Ten Commandments, and working through the statutes and rules that accompany each commandment. For a practical guide to the role of God’s Law in the practice of ethics, get The Ground for Christian Ethics by going to and click on our Book Store.
T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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