*Note: When the author renders the word 'Church' as shown here, he is referring to our modern day, traditional Business entity, Institutional 'Church' system of man's design. When he renders the word church in all lower case, he is referring to Christ's authentic, Biblical house church, which He created and continues to build.
We are called the tabernacle of God today. We move and bring the seed of God's Word to others in the same way the Jews brought His Word to others by moving around planting it here and there. When a sower sows his seed, he is mobile as he spreads it. We as Christians have a similar function. We spread God's seed (His Word) as we move about. God didn't want a house to be kept in. His footstool is the Earth. He dwells in the third heaven.
1 Kings 8:26-27, "And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father. 27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?"
The House has already been built, but Sol knows that God will hear from heaven where He dwells. Solomon goes on to speak of God's true dwelling place in this chapter. He also indicates that God will hear from heaven toward this House where His name shall abide. 1 Kings 8:29, "That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place." His attention was toward this temple, but it wasn't His dwelling place. Solomon tells God during his intimate prayer to Him in verses 30, 32, 34, 36, 39, 43, 45 that he knows God will hear from heaven. Verse 49 is the last place in this chapter where this point is established. "Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause,"
God never wanted to dwell in a house. He would visit from time to time, but He also said that He would abandon this house if His people turned on Him. 1 Kings 9:6-9a, "But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them: 7 Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people: 8 And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and to this house? 9 And they shall answer, Because they forsook the LORD their God," And He did too! Solomon's Temple was eventually destroyed. Later, Herod's Temple was destroyed. It kind of shows us what God thinks of buildings, doesn't it?
As God and Solomon both Proclaim, the LORD God doesn't need a permanent structure to dwell in. That has always been man's desire. Even today, we see pastors who want to build a shrine to God. They try to out do their predecessors as in the days of old. It started with the pyramids in ancient Egypt. One Pharaoh would try to top all of the other Pharaohs who came before him. None could quite match the pure size and splendor of the Great Pyramid of Giza; but they tried anyway. Even after the Flood, Nimrod tried to build a tower to reach into God's dwelling place, Heaven. Today in Dubai there is a structure called the Burg Dubai which stands a half of a mile tall. But they all failed to reach Heaven. Why? Because God cannot physically be reached (at least not until Jesus comes back). For now, He must be reached in spirit and in truth.
This happens all over our country. Everyday bank notes are signed to erect or renovate a building when none is needed. None of these buildings were commanded by God to be built. The only two tabernacles that were commanded by God to be built, was when Jesus commanded Aaron to erect a mobile tent, and when He gave us the great commission in Matthew 28:19-20 to become His living tabernacles. The large Institutional 'Churches' today are not what He had in mind. We are His tabernacles here on Earth, not some building. His true church needs no building to expand and grow. He doesn't need a glorified dog house to live in either! We are not a building. We are a living organism. We are His church.