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The Glory connection!

Scripture Reading for April 4th: 1st Kings 5-8

Solomon, David’s son, 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 purpose for his life.  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.  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)  God was truly a God of order and a master craftsman!

The crowning moment at the dedication was when God filled His house with His Glory!  The priests had carried the Ark into the Holy of Holies and then withdrew.  The priests could not stand to minister because of the Glory!  (1st Kings 8:6-11)  Solomon declared a blessing to the people gathered there 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 were eight petitions  centering on the need for forgiveness!  Since man’s troubles are caused by sin, the temple would be a place where they could meet with God and find mercy.  As God’s people cried out, God’s glory was that He showered grace on them.

Solomon also asked God to hear the prayer of foreigners so that all peoples of the earth might know His Great Name!  (1st Kings 8:41-43, 60)  This prayer reminds us of Jesus command to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations! His house was to be a house of prayer for all nations!  (Mark 11:17)    Believers are the new “temple” of God.  God’s presence fills each believer with His Glory and gives them power to reach the nations with the message of His saving grace!  The “living stones” are being gathered from around the world without chisel or hammer through the power of the Gospel!

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The Glory of the Lord filled the Temple!

Scripture Reading for April 4th: 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 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.  God granted favor and peace during the reign of Solomon for this purpose.

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)  God is truly a God of order and a master craftsman!

The crowning moment at the dedication of the temple tells how God filled the House with His Glory!  The priests had carried the Ark into the Holy of Holies and then withdrew.  The priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud of God’s glory!  (1st Kings 8:6-11)  Solomon declared a blessing over the people gathered there and thanked God for His faithfulness!

Solomon then knelt down, raised his hands toward heaven, and prayed a magnificent prayer of petition and dedication!  In this prayer are eight petitions of God to “hear from heaven” when His people call upon Him for help.  The central focus is 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!

Another focus of Solomon’s prayer was for the foreigner and those drawn to the temple from other lands and peoples.  Solomon asks God to hear their prayer as well so that all peoples of the earth may know His Great Name and fear the Lord!  (1st Kings 8:41-43, 60)  This prayer reminds us of Jesus instructing his followers to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations! His house would be a house of prayer for all nations!  (Mark 11:17)

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Not One Word Failed!

Scripture reading for April 5th: 1st Kings 5-8

“Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel just as He promised.  Not one word has failed of all the good promises He gave through his servant Moses.” (1st Kings 8:56)

Solomon had spent 13 years building a temple for the Lord and used much manpower and many craftsmen to carefully construct the building.  It was a massive undertaking that required much silver and gold, cedar and stone, and skilled effort.  According to Scripture, Solomon had thirty thousand laborers who worked in Lebanon cutting cedar in shifts and another one hundred fifty thousand men who worked cutting and carrying stone.  Thirty three hundred more were foremen who were in charge of these men.  (1st Kings 5:13-15)

Solomon spent this early part of his reign building this special house for  the Lord.  He trusted God for His promises and God was always faithful to him!  When the work was finally completed, King Solomon called the elders and leaders of Israel together to move the Ark of the Covenant into the Holy of Holies of the new temple.  Solomon sacrificed so many animals, that they could not be counted or recorded!  (1st Kings 8:5)

After the priests placed the Ark in the new Holy of Holies and withdrew, the cloud of the glory of the Lord filled the temple so much that the priests could not minister!  (1st Kings 8:10-11)  Solomon stood before the people and blessed them by telling of God’s faithfulness to his father David and now to him following his father on the throne and now in the building of the temple.  Solomon then faced the altar, knelt, lifted his hands and prayed to the Lord, asking for His grace and mercy  to answer prayers offered in that temple.  (1st Kings 8:52-53)

King Solomon’s humility and prayer is a testimony to his faith and trust in the promises of God and His word.  Solomon believed God’s word and knew that God had been faithful and would be faithful.  Israel celebrated God’s faithfulness and goodness for seven days and then celebrated seven more because they enjoyed it so much!  (1st Kings 8:65-66)  They went home joyful and glad at all the good things God had done!  His word never fails and can be counted on!  Remember, not one word of God has ever failed!

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The Glory of the Lord filled the temple!

Scripture Reading for April 4th: 1st Kings 5-8

Solomon, David’s son, had heard God’s decree that he, Solomon, would build the house where God’s Name would reside among His people.  He had a vision and purpose as a focus of his life.  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.  God granted favor and peace during the reign of Solomon for this purpose.

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)  God is truly a God of order and a master craftsman!  His temple would be magnificent!

The crowning moment at the dedication of the temple tells how God, Himself, filled the House with His Glory!  I’d have loved to have been there to see it!  The priests had carried the Ark into the Holy of Holies and then withdrew.  The priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud of God’s glory!  (1st Kings 8:6-11)  Solomon declared a blessing to the people gathered there and thanked God for His faithfulness!

Solomon then knelt down, raised his hands toward heaven, and prayed a magnificent prayer of petition and dedication!  In this prayer are eight petitions of God to “hear from heaven” when His people call upon Him for help.  The central focus is 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!

Another focus of Solomon’s prayer was for the foreigner and those drawn to the temple from other lands and peoples.  Solomon asks God to hear their prayer as well so that all peoples of the earth may know His Great Name and fear the Lord!  (1st Kings 8:41-43, 60)  This prayer reminds us of Jesus instructing his followers to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations! His house shall be a house of prayer for all nations!  (Mark 11:17)   God has always had a world-wide vision!

Take time today to pray!  Ask the Lord to fill your temple with His glory!  This happened again on the Day of Pentecost when the new “Temple” built by a greater son of Solomon, Jesus Christ, was dedicated and filled with God’s Glory!  Tongues of fire and other tongues marked the new “Temple” as filled with the Holy Spirit, and they went out to witness God’s Glory to the nations!  The “living stones” are still being assembled without the sound of hammer or chisel!  To God be all Glory forever and ever!

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