Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday, May 22nd:1 Kings 8:1-11, 2 Chronicles 5:1-14, 1 Kings 8:12-21, 2 Chronicles 6:1-11, 1 Kings 8:22-53, 2 Chronicles 6:12-42~ Jay

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is:1 Kings 8:1-11, 2 Chronicles 5:1-14, 1 Kings 8:12-21, 2Chronicles 6:1-11, 1 Kings 8:22-53, 2 Chronicles 6:12-42

The various portions of the passage today describe how the Ark was brought into the temple at Jerusalem and the prayers offered up by Solomon as he dedicated the temple. A couple of items stood out to me from these passages.
1)      1 Kings 8:5-  ..and King Solomon and the entire assembly of Israel that had gathered about him were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and cattle that they could not be recorded or counted. Is this how we give in thankfulness for the blessing that God has bestowed on us, or do we count every dollar and give what is “required” rather than from a heart filled with gratitude and worship?
2)      1 Kings 8:10&11 - When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the Lord.  And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple. Imagine being present when God’s glory filled a physical building and one could not even go near or function in that space.  This same Glory that was present back in the days of Israelites has not changed today.  God pouring out his spirit and surrounding us with his Glory in today’s day and age can accomplish great things for Him.

3)      2 Chronicles 6: - “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! Yet, Lord my God, give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy. Do we really appreciate the vastness of God and His Glory?  As I read through this I am humbled that God cares about me and He is keenly interested in my relationship and walk with Him.  When you think of how vast the earth is, and add to it the heavens / space…and think that God’s Glory cannot be contained in all that space.  Yet God speaks in a still small voice, cares about the birds of the field, and yet in all of this still cares about me.  What an awesome God we serve!

11, 2 Chronicles
, 1 Kings 8:12
21, 2 Chronicles
1 Kings 8:22
53, 2 Chronicles
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1 comment:

Tammy Reimer said...

Great post Jay. I love the fact that not even the whole universe can contain God's glory!