The Missing Jigsaw Piece
Lord, where I have become over-familiar with Your Word, wake me up to the awesome privilege of meeting with You.
Read 2 Chronicles 5:2-6:11
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“Praise and worship are the constant accompaniments of true faith, and the glory of God is seen amidst an atmosphere of joyful song” (I. Howard Marshall).
Amid all the brand new items for the temple, there is a missing piece, something that had been with God’s people through their journeys from the days of Moses onwards. Carved into stone were the key obligations of the covenant (10) which made Israel a people for God’s own possession. Moses’ craftsman, Bezalel, had made the decorative chest which contained them.
Now, in an appropriate occasion at the autumn Feast of Tabernacles, it makes a stately journey on its carrying poles from the part of Jerusalem called the City of David to the temple mount. Levites pass it to priests at the temple entrance and they place it under the wings of the cherubim in the Most Holy Place. Crowds fill the courtyards outside. While the people sing and rejoice and smell the sacrifices, God responds with a visible sign. A cloud fills the temple so that planned ceremonies cannot continue. The glory of the Lord overwhelms them (14).
So the space marked off for the presence of the Lord, empty of all images of God, now contains God’s written words. The Creator, symbolized by the cherubim, is also the God who speaks. The words have shaped, directed, challenged and convicted God’s people down the centuries. They are not mysterious but simple words that can be memorized and meditated on by child as well as adult. Placing the ark here reminds everyone that God had spoken to them before they ever opened their mouths to speak to God. He continued to speak down the centuries through many prophets and finally spoke to us all through his Son (Heb. 1:1,2).
There’s concern that many churches fail to encourage a new generation to treasure and read the Bible. Is there any way you can contribute to a Bible reading revival?
Lord, I pray that I will be informed about Your Word, but more than that, I will be transformed by it.
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