The Lord has placed his name in one location upon the earth, that is in
Israel , the city of Jerusalem .
Deuteronomy 12:5-16 "But unto the place which the LORD your God shall
choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation
shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come: And thither ye shall bring your
burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of
your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of
your herds and of your flocks: And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God,
and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households,
wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee. Ye shall not do after all the things
that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes. For ye
are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God
giveth you. But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD
your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your
enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety; Then there shall be a place
which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither
shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your
sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your
choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD: And ye shall rejoice before the LORD
your God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your
maidservants, and the Levite that is within your gates; forasmuch as he hath no
part nor inheritance with you. Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy
burnt offerings in every place that thou seest: But in the place which the LORD
shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings,
and there thou shalt do all that I command thee. Notwithstanding thou mayest
kill and eat flesh in all thy gates, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after,
according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee: the
unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the roebuck, and as of the hart.
Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water."
Of the propriety of eating clean animals there could be no question, but the
blood must be poured out. Yet there were cases when they might kill and eat in
all their gates such as the roebuck and the hart, or all clean wild beasts; for
these being taken in hunting, and frequently shot by arrows, their blood could
not be poured out at the altar
2 Samuel 7:13 "He shall build an house for my name, and I will establish
the throne of his kingdom for ever."
Jeremiah 7:11-14 "And come and stand before me in this house, which is
called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? Is
this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes?
Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD. But go ye now unto my place which
was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for
the wickedness of my people Israel . And now, because ye have done all these
works, saith the LORD, and I spoke unto you, rising up early and speaking, but
ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not; Therefore will I do unto
this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place
which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. "
Jeremiah 7:30 "For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight,
saith the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by
my name, to pollute it."
1 Kings 8:27-39 "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 built? Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his
supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which
thy servant prays before thee to day: 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 may hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall
make toward this place. And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and
of thy people Israel , when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in
heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hears, forgive. If any man trespass
against his neighbor, and an oath be laid upon him to cause him to swear, and
the oath come before thine altar in this house: Then hear thou in heaven, and
do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his
head; and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.
When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because they have
sinned against thee, and shall turn again to thee, and confess thy name, and
pray, and make supplication unto thee in this house: Then hear thou in heaven,
and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land
which thou gives unto their fathers. When heaven is shut up, and there is no
rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and
confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflicts them: Then hear
thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel,
that thou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon
thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance. If there be in
the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, or if there
be caterpillar; if their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities;
whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be; What prayer and supplication
soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every
man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:
Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to
every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knows; (for thou, even thou
only, knows the hearts of all the children of men;)"
1 Kings 8:44-45 "If thy people go out to battle against their enemy,
whithersoever thou shall send them, and shall pray unto the LORD toward the city
which thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I have built for thy name:
Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their
1 Kings 9:3 "And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy
supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which
thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart
shall be there perpetually."
1 Kings 14:21 "And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah .
Rehoboam was forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned
seventeen years in Jerusalem , the city which the LORD did choose out of all the
tribes of Israel , to put his name there. And his mother's name was Naamah an
2 Kings 23:27 "And the LORD said, I will remove Judah also out of my
sight, as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I
have chosen, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there."
2 Chronicles 6:6 "But I have chosen Jerusalem , that my name might be
there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel ."
2 Chronicles 7:16 "For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that
my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there
2 Chronicles 33:7 "And he set a carved image, the idol which he had
made, in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his
son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen before all the tribes
of Israel, will I put my name for ever:"
Ezra 6:12 "And the God that hath caused his name to dwell there destroy
all kings and people, that shall put to their hand to alter and to destroy this
house of God which is at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a decree; let it be done
Isaiah 18:7 "In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of
hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their
beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the
rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount
Ezekiel 43:7-8 "And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne,
and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the
children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more
defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcasses
of their kings in their high places. In their setting of their threshold by my
thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they
have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed:
wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger."
The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs (Levi) 10:5 "For the house which
the Lord shall choose shall be called Jerusalem , as is contained in the book of
Enoch the righteous."