Saturday, July 20, 2013

The temple

My reading this morning began 2 Chronicles. Solomon is just getting ready to start building the temple.

1: I will build a great temple, for our God is greater than all gods. Of course, who can really build a temple for him, since the sky and the highest heavens cannot contain him? Who am I that I should build him a temple! It will really be only a place to offer sacrifices before him.

It is always fascinating to read how elaborate the temple was in Jerusalem, and know it must pale in comparison to what heaven is really like. It amazes me that the complicated system of law and sacrifices and burnt offering of the Old Testament have been replaced in the New Testament with what God really wanted in the beginning. A relationship. I am so thankful we have a God that does not dwell far off, but longs to be a part of our every day lives, and commune with us daily, not in a place, but right where we are. 

Think about it! Solomon was awed by the magnitude of building a temple for the Lord, yet WE are His temple. Sometimes we ask "Who are we to be His temple?" But we are His, blood bought, chosen, adopted, loved children and He wants us to be with Him. He loves us more than we can ever fathom.

I'll close with this prayer from Ephesians...

3:14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

My friend Tom likes to say "be the tea". I would say be the T. Be the temple. Today.

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