Day One Hundred Thirty-Three, I Kings 5-7, II Chron. 3-4
Today’s reading contains the descriptions for the building of Solomon’s Temple. I’ll admit, it’s a little difficult for me, a little reminiscent of the readings back in February with the instructions for the Tabernacle, though not quite as detailed/difficult.
A couple of things that stand out to me are:
The Lord’s promise to Solomon: “As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, carry out my regulations and keep all my commands obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father. And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel."
I love the idea that God no longer dwells in a temple built by human hands, but that He lives inside us, as our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.
Just the description of the veil for the temple that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies. There’s not but one sentence to describe it here. But every time I see/hear mention of the veil of the Tabernacle or the Temple, I just can’t help but think of the magnitude of what it represented—the separation from God that we experience in our sin—and the magnitude of the fact that the veil was torn!
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”—Hebrews 10:19-25