Tag: 1 Kings 8:41-600

Glory in the Temple!

Scripture Reading for April 3: 1st Kings 5-8

Solomon had heard God’s decree that he would build the house where God’s Name would reside among His people.  He had a vision and at God’s invitation had asked Him for wisdom.  He knew of the desire of his father David and willingly offered himself to the Lord to build this “House”.  (1st Kings 5:5)

In building the temple, Solomon employed many people.  Some came from lands outside Israel.  Solomon made covenants with many nations and the nations were drawn to Israel during this time of peace. The temple was made of stone, cedar and pine wood, and precious metals.  Craftsmen worked off site on the stones so that the temple could be assembled without saws, chisels or hammers used on the site.  (1st Kings 6:7)  The temple took seven years to construct with thousands of workers meticulously adding every piece and detail in precise order and design. (1st Kings 6:38) 

When the temple was completed, the priests carried the Ark into the Holy of Holies and then withdrew.  None could stand as the Presence of God in the cloud of Glory filled the temple. (1st Kings 8:6-11)  Solomon declared a blessing and thanked God for His faithfulness! Solomon then knelt down, raised his hands toward heaven, and prayed a magnificent prayer of dedication!  In this prayer are eight petitions of God to “hear from heaven” when His people call upon Him for help.  The central focus was forgiveness!  All of man’s troubles are caused by sin, either against God or man made in God’s image.  The consequences of sin bring famine, disease, plague, war, and death.  As God’s people cry out, God’s glory is that He will hear and forgive and act to bring healing and restoration!

Solomon also prayed for the foreigner and those drawn to the temple from other lands and peoples.  Solomon asked God to hear their prayer as well so all peoples of the earth might know His Great Name and fear the Lord!  (1st Kings 8:41-43, 60)  This prayer reminds us of Jesus sending his followers into all the world to make disciples of all nations! His house would be a house of prayer for all nations!  (Mark 11:17)  Examine your heart today as the temple of God. Would your house be a house of prayer for all?

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