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August 8, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Kings 8 (ESV)

Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ houses of the people of Israel, before King Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion. And all the men of Israel assembled to King Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month. And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark. And they brought up the ark of the Lord, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the tent; the priests and the Levites brought them up. And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, who had assembled before him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered.....Continue Reading

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  1. 27″But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built! 28Yet have regard to the prayer of your servant and to his plea, O Lord my God, listening to the cry and to the prayer that your servant prays before you this day, 29that your eyes may be open night and day toward this house, the place of which you have said, ‘My name shall be there,’ that you may listen to the prayer that your servant offers toward this place.

  2. What a great time for the people of Israel! Think of how central the worship of God was to them? Think of all the things accomplished through the tabernacle and the reality it represented of God’s presence with His people. And now all those elements from the tabernacle are brought into the temple, a permanent residence for God and those sacred things. There is so much excitement and praise and conviction about this that it says the number of sacrifices made as the elements (manly the ark) that the number of animals sacrificed could not be counted. Considering the number recorded at the end of the chapter of the animals sacrificed when the temple was dedicated, this number must have been significant.

    How awe inspiring it must have been to have God’s presence fill the temple. And then Solomons prays over various circumstances the Israelites could find themselves in where the temple would mediate their relationship with God, and asks God to be faithful to allow the temple to be what it is intended to be, a place to worship and repentance before God. If only the people of Israel and particularly their kings followed God…..God had laid it all out before them to get it right….but they were not good stewards of the gift.

    I also can’t read this chapter without thinking of the reality that we are the temple of God as believers in Jesus!! That this same God dwells in us!! And it is not the sacrifices of animals that God wants, but a contrite heart based in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross…how blessed to be part of the church age…may we be good stewards of the gift….God has laid it out before us to get it right!

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