Monday, April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024

Solomon ordered all the parts for the temple to the exact measurements, so nothing was built on site, and no hammer or axe was heard during the building process. Can you imagine how perfect those materials had to be? Only God could pull off something like that. 

And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building. 1 Kings 6:7

Wood covered the stone, inner walls, and floors on the inside. It had detailed carvings of flowers and palm trees; everything was covered in gold. It must have been magnificent! The outside was probably somewhat ordinary, but the inside was extravagant. I can't help but compare the building of God's temple to us; we are somewhat ordinary on the outside, but because of Jesus, our interior is lined with gold. That simple idea makes me feel unworthy, yet He calls me worthy. 

The most crucial portion of this chapter of scripture is that God told Solomon that if he followed His statutes, obeyed His commands, and made fair judgments, then He would perform His word within him and dwell among them and not forsake the people. 

Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father: And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel. 1 Kings 6:12-13

Let us not overlook the scripture's message: we have a crucial role in maintaining the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It's not a daunting task! By staying repentant, we can ensure that the Holy Spirit is evident within us, guiding our actions and thoughts.

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

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