The Bible says much about God’s preferences on how He is worshiped, not the least is where God is to be worshiped. It is a central factor in the Old Testament under the Mosaic Covenant3,4,5,6,7. So much so, that even when the nation was divided, some people still honored God’s desire to be worshipped His way and in His place7.
God had designated the tabernacle3 and later the temple7 as specific and required places of worship. They were marked by His very presence3,4,5. The people clearly understood this in Moses’ time3, David’s time6, and on through to the divided kingdom7 and into Jesus’ day in the first century1.
As Jesus ushers in a new covenant in the pages of the New Testament, He points to a time where worship location will change1, but God’s presence will still mark the location – wherever two or more are gathered2. Or, as Paul states, coming together in the same place8.