If you haven’t read Psalm 74.1-23 go ahead and give it a read. I’ll wait.
(note, this is a quick post to get an idea down on paper)
In Psalm 74, labeled in the NAB “Prayer at the Destruction of the Temple,” we read in two parts. Part 1, v1-11, the destruction of Solomon’s Temple is in view. This should not be up for discussion since the psalm lays out a perfect lament for the fall of the House of the Lord/David.
In part II, v12-23, the Psalmist recounts God’s creative acts, including fighting the monster Leviathan. (Note, this account of creation is vastly different than either Genesis 1 or Genesis 2-3. By the end of the psalm, the author has turned back to asking God to defend Israel.
The Temple and God’s Creation is in view.
I have long maintained that this is the view in Isaiah as well. (I would say other scholars, but since I don’t have the time to list them, I’ll just claim this and hope others don’t mind). Likewise, I think this is the view in Mark 13 (as discussed in my book on the Gospel) and in Revelation.
Anyone else see God’s creative acts tied directly to the Temple?
- Clay Pots Testify to Jewish Fears of Second Temple Rebels (israelnationalnews.com)