Salvation offers us a new family, makes us a new creation, and enters us into the new covenant. Sounds like a pretty great deal to me!
Sometimes the details found in Scripture are tough to slog through. The details of how the temple looked and was built are definitely included in that. BUT! Take a minute to think about if you were one of the people building it. Do you think you’d think it was a total drag to have to pay attention to such detail? Or do you think it would be both humbling and uplifting to get to honor God by building his house so he could welcome you into his presence?
2 Chronicles 4:1-6:11:
- 1-22 – Though it seems like a lot of tedious details to have to read, isn’t it incredible how much time, effort, and detail the Israelites went to to make the temple incredible for the Lord. This takes great faithfulness to care this much.
- 2-10 – The Ark of the Covenant moving into the temple signified God arriving in the temple.
- 13 – This sounds like a pretty cool job.
- 3-11 – It’s important for us as individuals, but also as the body, to publicly recognize God’s answers to prayer.
- 1-6 – Paul makes a great point that we have new life in Christ and that new life is no longer subject to the law.
- 12 – The law was not bad. It made the people aware of God’s expectations and what actions were sinful.
- 13 – Sin is still the harmful thing in our lives, not the law.
- 3 – How freeing to know that God could test your heart and not find sin!
- 6-15 – It is so clear that David meant it when he would describe God as his “strong tower”, “refuge”, etc. David repeatedly calls on the Lord for protection from his enemies.
- 22 – It is better to be poor in the eyes of the world rather than to be full of dishonor.