Solomon built a temple, because he knew he couldn’t contain God.
Ironic as it is….
The Temple is empty, except for the 10 commandments, so that all the priest, and elders and leaders and everyone important can come into the temple for its dedication.
And the moment they call on God (we would call this the Prayer of Illumination) God’s Cloud fills the entire temple
And when the priests came out of the Holy Place,a cloud filled the house of the Lord, 11 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord. 1 Kings 8:10-11
God is all that is in the temple! The temple wasn’t big enough to hold God, yet God filled it! That’s why it wasn’t about limiting God, but noticing how infinite God is.
This is (one) story of how God came to dwell on Earth.
Another is Jesus
Another is Communion
Another is baptism
Another is us–the people, the body of Christ, Christ’s promise that whenever we gather in his name, he’ll be present.
With Christ, God was invited to be present in church, but not just in the building but in our very relationships.