“However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says:
‘Heaven is My throne,
And earth is My footstool.
What house will you build for Me? says the LORD,
Or what is the place of My rest?
Has My hand not made all these things?’
“You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers, who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it.”
“…the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, …” Stephen quotes from the Old Testament. Elsewhere it says he “inhabits the praise of His people” and Jesus said we would “worship in spirit and in truth.” We are to always give the glory where it is due; to the Creator. Stephen goes on with strong words, pointing out how every effort to reach out to His creation is rebuffed. It is heard and seen everywhere today! Nothing changed, mankind would rather glory in the creation of their hands and minds over the creation of God. We are His children, made in His image and so we create as he does and did. That does not give cause to worship our own creations and neglect giving glory to the one who gave us that ability. He does not live in our houses made for Him by our hands. He does visit for He lives in our praises. When we assemble to praise Him, He is there. Let’s keep a right perspective, let’s give Him all the glory He is due and then we will find He is with us, “inhabiting our praises” as we worship “in spirit and in truth.”