Day 67 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 Chapter 6 to 8
Bring Jesus from the city of David
1 Kings 8: 1 "Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion".
Luke 2: 11
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
King Solomon brought the ark of the covenant from the city of David into the temple of God.
What is there in the ark of covenant?
There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.(1Kgs 8:9)
So the ark of covenant means the word of God!
Jesus means the word of God too! (Jn1:14)
Before construction of the temple Jesus was in the city of David.
Later king Solomon brought Him into the temple.
Today Jesus is born in the city of David. Would you like to bring Him into your life!
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?(1Cor3:16)
Jesus doesn't want to remain as a new born baby in the city of David nor does He wants to be in the temple made with hands!(Heb9:11)
He wants to dwell within us!
Christmas celebrations is not wearing costly costumes.The more the word of God dwells in you richly, the more you experience the Christmas.
Today Jesus is born in the city of David. Let's bring Him into our lives.
Let Him grow in us. Let the word of God grow in us richly. Let us be transformed like unto Jesus
📯🌟CELEBRATE JESUS! CELEBRATE!🌟📯
✴ Solomon dedicated the Temple in the month of Ethanim/Tishri, the 7th month. This is the Holy month of great feasts:
📯 1st day = Rosh Hashanah = Feast of Trumpets. [Lv 23:25]
It begins with trumpets being blown. Significance: ‘coronation’ of God as King of the Universe.
👑Today on Christmas Day, we sing, Joy to the world! The Lord is come! Let earth receive her King!
👑We celebrate the fact that the King of the Universe came to deliver Adam’s Race from bondage to Sin & Satan.
👑 🌟 As the Redeemed of the Lord, we are crowned with everlasting joy. [Rf Is 51:11]
👑 🌟 We have the high privilege of celebrating each day as Rosh-Hashanah – crowning Jesus as Lord of our lives.
10th day = Yom Kippur = Day of Atonement/Reconciliation. [Lv 24:26-32]
✝Jesus paid the debt of our sins in full. [1 Jn 2:2, Rom 5:9-11]
✝Because of which, the record of our sins have been cancelled, and we are no longer condemned prisoners. [Col 2:14, Rom 8:1]
👥We have been ransomed, forgiven and reconciled back to God.
👥Through His Resurrection, we have been raised into New Life, as sons of God.
👥❤Christmas reminds us that God took the first step towards reconciliation with us, because He loves us.
👥❤As “Jesus Sandwiches”, we can celebrate each day as Yom Kippur – constantly calibrating our steps with God so that we walk in fellowship (at-one) with Him.
🌟15th day = Sukkot = Feast of Tabernacles. [Lv 23:33-44] Week long camping in booths.
🌟Solomon dedicated the Temple, and the Glory of God filled it.
🌟At Christmas we celebrate our Lord Emmanuel, who has come to make HIS dwelling with us, IN us.
🌟 Because His Holy Spirit dwells in us, we are the Temple of the Living God.
🌟 We celebrate each day as Sukkot as we enjoy the sweetness of the Lord’s presence wherever we go and in whatever circumstance we are in.
🎄🌟 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. 🌟🎄
May this truly be a blessed Christmas for each one.
Dear Saviour it amazes me that You would humble Yourself to dwell with us. Thank You that each day is worth celebrating because You have drawn me to Yourself and Your banner over me is love. What can I give You My King? Poor though it be, I give You my heart. Amen.
6:12 - Many of God’s promises to us are conditional in nature:if you will do this, then the Lord will do that. He is under no obligation to fulfill a conditional promise if we neglect our part of the covenant.
7:2 - Although Solomon took seven years to build the temple, he took almost twice as long to build his own palace. Could this have revealed a mistaken priority?
8:10 - Sometimes the presence of the Lord becomes so obvious and mighty that we must cease our ministering and simply worship. In those moments of intimacy, we fulfill our highest purpose.
8:18 - Disappointments are inevitable, discouragement is a choice. Like David wanting to build the temple, there may be a good thing in our hearts that we really want to do but God says no because He has a better purpose in mind for us(1 Chr.17). Instead of becoming disheartened, we should focus on God and the great things He will do. He always fulfills His purposes in His way. Our job is to trust and obey.
8:24 - It honours God and blesses us when we publicly acknowledge that He keeps all of His promises. The Lord is absolutely trustworthy, and we can build our lives on His Word.
8:27 - Our God fills the universe, yet He chose to dwell in a special way in the Jerusalem temple. Today, He lives not in a man- made temple, but in the hearts of all those who believe in Christ(1 Cor.6:19).
8:38 - It is important that each of us knows “the plague of his own
Heart”. We are not to dwell on our own sinfulness, rather, we should repent of it and honor God. And we should understand our personal tendencies toward certain kinds of sin so that we can steer clear of tempting situations that could entice us to stumble.
8:43 - From the beginning, the Lord’s desire was that the whole world would know, love, worship, and serve Him. Intimacy with God is His highest priority for every person on earth.
8:58 - Since we are all prone to wandering(1 Kin.8:46), it is wise to pray regularly that God would give us great love for Him and grant us the desire to walk in His ways and joyfully obey His Word.
8:66 - It is important to periodically gather as the people of God to celebrate all the good the Lord has done for us with joyful hearts. This not only honours Him, it encourages us to stay true to Him.
⛪ Solomon Builds the Temple ⛪
The temple was built to perfection. The three major areas of the temple were The Most Holy Place, The Holy Place and The Outer Court. As the temple reached completion the Lord spoke to Solomon and said he has to follow His decrees, carry out and keep all regulations and commandments and obey Him. God will fulfill all His promises to David and will live among the Israelites. It took 7 years to complete the temple. Extensive use of gleaming gold probably symbolized the Glory of God and His Heavenly Temple.
🏢 Solomon's Palace 🏢
Solomon took 13 years to complete the palace. Cedar wood, high grade stones and large stones of good quality were used for the building of the palace.
The Temple Furnishings
Solomon brought Huram from Tyre who was highly skilled in all kinds of bronze work. He did all the work assigned to him. All the objects were made of burnished bronze.
He made the golden altar, golden table, lamp stand of gold, gold floral work, golden basins, sprinkling bowls, dishes, censers, lamps, gold sockets for doors in the innermost room and most Holy Place. When the temple was completed he brought in the things dedicated by his father and placed them in the treasuries of the Lord's temple.
Mrs Caroline Chellappa
🍇 Simple thoughts for
💫 deeper meditation.
1 Kings: 8: 61 "Let your heart therefore be perfect with the Lord our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments as at this day".
1 King Chapter: 8 is a long one. It mainly contains the consecration of the temple, Solomon's prayer and Benediction. Let us look into his benedictory prayer starting from verse 55.
⚡ Solomon remembers and reminds the people, what God has done for them. He is a faithful God. He has kept all his promises
made to Israel. He has given them rest in the Promised Land. God has enabled to build the temple. God helped Solomon and all Israel to become prosperous and successful in their efforts.
⚡ When Israel traveled from Egypt to Canaan, the presence of God was always with them. His presence was the source of light and
stregnth, hope and guidance in all kinds of situations throughout their journey.
⚡ Solomon also experienced God's presence and guidance during the past years in his endeavours to build the temple and to build up Israel as a developed nation. He had tasted the sweetness of God's presence. He now longs for deeper and lasting relationship with God.
⚡ He committed himself, the people, and the future into God's hand and earnestly prayed for God's guidance to live a faithful
life, a life that will bring glory and honour to God.
🔥 A life committed fully in the hands of God is freed from burdens and tensions. So they could rejoice at the consecration of the temple. They all enjoyed the goodness and presence of the Lord during this time. Rejoicing in the Lord is a spontaneous outcome of a grateful and trusting heart.
🔥Have you ever taken time to express your gratitude to the Lord and rejoiced whole-heartedly while you have accomplished something greater in your life, with his help?
Dr. Thomas David.🎯
🌸🌸 JM 🌸 🌸 JM 🌸 🌸
1 Kings 8:61:- "Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted to the LORD our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments, as at this day."
The dedication of the temple in Jerusalem was a big moment for God’s people.
After all the hardships, they settled in the Promised Land and established the kingdom of Israel.
Under King Solomon, David’s son, the people built the temple in Jerusalem.
When all the work for the temple was finished, the Ark of the Covenant placed in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place.
The glory of the Lord filled the temple and all the people worshiped God.
Solomon went and kneels at the altar of the temple, spreads his hands to heaven, and offers the long prayers of dedication
Solomon then prayed two prayers of dedication.
♦The first prayer is a longer prayer which is recorded for us in verses 1 Kings 8:22-53.
It is a beautiful prayer which tells more specifically to the temple itself and its unique place in the history of Israel and the world.
♦And then the second prayer of dedication in verses 54-63.
In verse 61,
📍King Solomon challenges the people of Israel to be devout to love God with their hearts.
📍The essence of devotion is obedience.
📍📍 A WHOLLY DEVOTED HEART REVEALS ITSELF IN A TOTALLY OBEDIENT LIFE.
👉Today think about the importance of A WHOLLY DEVOTED HEART in our life.
Then ask ourselves,
❓ Is my heart wholly devoted to Lord?
Our Lord is wholly devoted to His children,.....
…………. holding nothing back,.........
💧Not provision, protection or His presence.
💧Not even His Son.
❤Our heavenly Father, God is totally devoted to you.
❓❓The question is, "Are you totally devoted to Him?"
🎄🎄🎄 Jooley Mathew🎄🎄
Solomon & God’s Temple
We see that King Solomon started building the temple in the 480th year of living in the Promised Land! So the Tabernacle had served perfectly fine for 480 years! Just imagine being one of the Levites carrying or working or worshiping in that Tabernacle – you would be part of a great legacy involving atleast 12 generations of your ancestors!
Temple of The LORD
🎄 We see Solomon “began to build the temple of the Lord.” (6:1) However, we are given additional information in 1 Chronicles 28 that David was given the plan by God Himself. David had meticulously written down the instructions and the plans were drawn by him. David also started collecting the materials required for the temple! Solomon continued collecting the materials and was able to start building it in the fourth year of his reign!
The total size of the temple was probably 110-180 feet by 75-90 feet. The highest point in the temple was around 200 feet – that’s 20 stories high! Impressed?
🎄 “no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool was heard at the temple site while it was being built.”(6:7) Solomon in his wisdom used the workers to prepare everything at another site and just finally assemble it here – so that human endeavour doesn’t take over God’s glory! That’s how we are to build THE CHURCH – do everything you can to plant the gospel in people’s hearts and bring them to the awe of Christ – not of you! At times we might even have to work with others in planting & watering but we have to realize it is only God who makes it grow! (1Cor 3:6)
Also this is symbolic of the fact that we have to do all the preaching etc here on earth and bring people to the Temple of the New Jerusalem in God’s Kingdom, where there will be only praise of the Glorious King of Kings!
🎄 Solomon “spent seven years building God’s Temple”(6:38) “however, It took Solomon thirteen years, to complete the construction of his palace” (7:1). Solomon was faithfully obeying his father David’s commission to build the Temple but this shows where Solomon’s heart really was – seeking his own glory rather than God’s glory! It symbolically talks to everyone obeying our Father God’s ‘Greatest Commission’ (Matt 28:18-20), are we seeking God’s glory or our own when we spread the Gospel of Jesus?
🎄 “two pillars of bronze” (7:)
These pillars were to remind Israel of the pillar of fire and cloud that guided Israel through the Exodus! It signifies God's presence in His church – in us! They were given names 1Chr 3:17 ‘Jachin,’ meaning ‘He shall establish,’ and ‘Boaz,’ meaning ‘in strength.’ This is to signify that it is God who shall establish His Church and build it by His strength!
Symbolically it is to signify those people who come to us, God’s church, are established in Him and go out by His strength! What a glorious calling we have as Body of Christ!
🎄 “The seventh month” (8:2) – Though the temple was completed in the 8th month, King Solomon waited until the next year 7th month (seven denoting fullness, completeness) to dedicate!
This is symbolic of the fact that God is waiting for the Body of Christ to be complete and full to be presented in the New Jerusalem! That's the reason God is delaying His second return to earth! (2Pet 3:4,8,9)
🎄 “There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb” (8:9) So what happened to the golden pot containing Manna (Ex 16:33) and Aaron’s rod which budded (Num 17:6-11) ? Both of these are symbolic of God’s miraculous mighty ways through which God sustained and guarded His own people!
So God is symbolically telling us that we’re in the age where we are to walk by FAITH and not by SIGHT (2Cor 5:7). We must walk by faith, by depending upon our Lord, His word, and the work of grace by His Holy Spirit. Spiritual progress is made "while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen” (2Cor4:18)
Walking by faith means living life in light of eternal consequences. To fear God more than man, to choose to do what Bible says than what men say, to choose righteousness rather than worldly things or possessions, to tune our hearts to the voice of the Holy Spirit and the truth of His Word (John 10:27;16:13) instead of trusting our own understanding (Prov 3:5–6).
🎄 “And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled his temple.”(8:13) This was because they couldn't stand in the presence of the Holy God! Men like Peter (Luke 5:8), Isaiah (Isaiah 6:5), and John (Rev 1:17) felt stricken in the presence of God.
Today are we talking God's grace to boldly come into His presence for granted? Are we convicted to be Holy as He is (1Pet 1:14-16)?
🎄 “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who with his own hand has fulfilled what he promised”(8:15) Solomon realized it was not he or David who had built God's Temple but God – they were mere vessels! It is symbolically saying we’re but mere vessels but we can accomplish great things for God if we submit ourselves to His will! (2Tim 2:20-22, 1Cor 1:27-29)
🎄“As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your name” (8:41) God’s Temple was always intended to be a house of prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:7)
This is further proof that Lord God’s plan was not just to redeem Israel but all the nation's of the earth! Likewise are we opening ourselves to everyone? The Great Commission of Missionary Work is not just a New Testament teaching, it is the same in Old Testament too!
🎄 “for there is no one who does not sin” This is exactly what Paul also said in Rom 3:23 “For all have sinned” Everyone is in need of Salvation! The fact that Solomon knew of these things speaks volumes about the way he’s read the Scriptures!
If you notice his whole prayer it is mostly straight out of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, word for word!
🎄 “joyful and glad in heart for all the good things the LORD had done for his servant David and his people Israel.”(8:66) Notice how just add in the beginning the ending also talks about David rather than Solomon! The writer of Book of Kings wants us to know it was David’s heart and vision that's significant!
Lord, I pray that you give us a heart that seeks You above all else!
PERFECT HEART WITH THE LORD .
1 Kings 8 :61. Let your heart be perfect with the Lord , our God.
1. What is the meaning of perfect?
Blameless , sinless , with out fault , pure life .
2 . Perfect with the Lord means our heart which belongs to God ,and the heart where God dwells , which will obey God , heart which is blameless and in which God is pleased is perfect . God wants our whole heart and not a part of it . That's why he says , my son , give me your heart .Proverb 23 : 26 .
3 . We are in this last days of this year 2019 . Whether Jesus is born in our heart ? Whether He lives in our heart ? Whether we love Him with our whole heart ? Whether we obey him with our whole heart ? Let us search ourselves . Let us submit ourselves and like to become perfect .Do we submit our heart , to become his perfect ?
May God help each one of us to have a perfect heart to the Lord .Amen , Hallelujah .
Dr . Padmini Selvyn