v 48. Stephen said ‘However, the Most High doesn’t live in temples made by human hands.’
Stressing that God does not simply live in special buildings.
There has always been a strong idea that gods live in some special buildings, or at least that gods were represented by the buildings set apart especially for them. Religious buildings are to be found in many different, ancient cultures, even the Jews had the Temple in Jerusalem which contained an inner shrine, the Holy of Holies, where God was thought to dwell. The Jews of Jeremiah’s time felt they were safe from their enemies because God would not allow the destruction of the Temple as that was His living space. Our human nature seems to prefer some physical entity to represent God among us, whether that be some form of carved image or uniquely special building. There are still those today who take umbrage when a church building, or Sanctuary, is used for non-religious purposes whether Holiday Clubs, Coffee Shops, or play areas for children. Jeremiah 7 has a great deal to say about that: ‘Don’t be fooled into thinking that you will never suffer because the Temple is here. It’s a lie! Do you really think you can steal, murder, commit adultery, lie, and burn incense to Baal and all those other new gods of yours, and then come here and stand before me in my Temple and chant, “We are safe!” So where does God live, we have to ask ourselves. Think how you might answer that for someone who asked you.