Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Welcome to Day 143 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 6; 2 Chronicles 7; Psalm 135; Romans 4 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
2 Chronicles 6:18, ““But will God really dwell on earth with humans? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!”
2 Chronicles 7:1, “When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. 2 The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. 3 When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, “He is good; his love endures forever.”
Psalm 135:15, “The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands. 16 They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. 17 They have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths. 18 Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.”
Romans 4:3, “What does Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.'”
Thinking about Solomon’s question… “But will God really dwell on earth with humans?”
The answer, “Yes.”
Revelation 21:3 states, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and
God himself will be with them
and be their God.”
You gotta love that God’s presence was so strong that the priests couldn’t even perform their duties and that they had to go outside! And his presence was “above the temple,” too! (2 Chronicles 7:3) Fire was coming down from heaven consuming the sacrifices! What an amazing sight that must have been!
What an amazing thought, truth… That the dwelling of God is WITH men. That he is WITH us. That he is WITH me.
Matthew 1:23, “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
Solomon had it right.
God doesn’t dwell in a building. The building merely housed the Ark which represented his presence. God wasn’t dwelling there… it was more of a meeting place?
Solomon’s temple stood for 419 years until King Nebuchadnezzer of Babylon destroyed it… Another temple was built some time later (at the time of Haggai and Zechariah) and stood until Jesus’ day, but was destroyed in 70 AD by the Romans. That temple had a curtain that separated “the holy place” from “the most holy place” or “the holy of holies.” That curtain was torn in two at the moment of Jesus’ death (see Matthew 27), signifying that there was no longer a veil keeping people from drawing close to God. See 2 Corinthians 3.
Hebrews 4 states that we may now approach his throne of grace “with confidence!”
How amazing is that, that we can approach the Creator of the heavens and the earth, with confidence! That he wants to be WTH us. That we can know him… not just know about him!
Thank you Lord for making a way for us to draw near to you!