In ancient Israel, the house of God was the temple in Jerusalem. Of course, Jehovah did not literally live there. He declared: “The heavens are my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where, then, is the house that you people can build for me, and where, then, is the place as a resting-place for me?” (Isa. 66:1) Nevertheless, the temple built during Solomon’s reign served as the focal point for the worship of Jehovah, where prayers were offered.—1 Ki. 8:27-30.
Today, Jehovah’s house is no stone edifice in Jerusalem or anywhere else. Rather, it is the arrangement for us to approach him in worship on the basis of Christ’s ransom sacrifice. All of God’s faithful servants on earth unite to worship Jehovah in this spiritual temple.—Isa. 60:4, 8, 13; Acts 17:24; Heb. 8:5; 9:24.
After the division of Israel back in 997 B.C.E., 4 out of the 19 kings who ruled Judah, the southern part, demonstrated outstanding zeal for true worship. They were Asa, Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah, and Josiah. What important lessons can we learn from their examples?