Where God Is
Father God, surprise me with generous mercy. My depleted spirit and troubled mind need fresh insight and new vision.
Read 2 Chronicles 3:1-17
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.
Can you name a place where you have found it easy to be conscious of the presence of God?
In Exodus, Moses constructs a tabernacle according to God’s plans. A similar format for the temple is described here and in Kings (1 Kings 6). Chronicles explains that David gave instructions inspired by the Spirit (1 Chron. 28:11,12,19). A fourth account comes when the prophet Ezekiel has a vision of a rebuilt temple (Ezek. 41:1-4). In each, the divinely ordained structure is a rectangle whose length is three times the width. Two-thirds of the space is for the activity of the priests but the far end is the perfect cube of the Most Holy Place (4,8). Shut off by golden doors and an impressively decorated curtain, the interior is seen by hardly anyone, but everyone can be aware of its description.
Two golden cherubim spread their wings across the space. They may represent the created order adoring and serving God. In the temples of the surrounding nations such carved figures might provide a throne for the image of the god (10-13), but the Lord is not to be portrayed in an image. No human construct engaging sight, touch, hearing, taste or smell is allowed to represent God, although all those senses will be involved in the worship to take place in the temple compound. The invisible God will be graciously present in this most holy space at the heart of his people and in the hearts of those who reach out in adoration and faith.
The meeting between God and his people is grounded on sacrifice. On the temple site (1) sacrifice had already been offered as God revealed himself to Abraham, providing a ram instead of his son (Gen. 22:13), and to David as a plague was stopped (1 Chron. 21:26).
Jakin (17) means “God makes secure” and Boaz (18) means “God is strong.” Reflect on what these truths mean to you.
Lord, I am encouraged by the reminder that You make me secure in Your love and empowered by Your strength. I thank You.
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