So today’s passage sees the fulfilment of Gods promise to David. The temple has been constructed and the furnishings and internal decoration is complete. King Solomon calls to Jerusalem all the elders, tribal leaders and family chiefs for the ark of the Lord’s covenant to be brought up to the temple and placed in the Most Holy Place. The ark was a symbol of God’s presence amongst the Israelites.
This was all done with much rejoicing and celebration which included the sacrificing of so many cattle and sheep the number was too great to great to record. Once the ark was in its rightful place and praises were being sung, the presence of the Lord God filled the temple in the form of a cloud. Something the Israelites associated as being the presence of God from their journey with him through the wilderness to the Promised Land after the exodus from Egypt. In the presence of God Solomon addresses his people, commending God for fulfilling His promise to him and his father David.
As mentioned yesterday, the temple of the Lord for us today is our body. His presence as the Holy Spirit dwells in each of us. If you have not yet received the gift of the Holy Spirit, I would encourage you to ask prayerfully to be so filled.
Because of Jesus we no longer need to sacrifice animals to atone for our sin, as was the case in the reading today. We do, however, need to maintain our temple to be a good and fit place for His Holy Spirit to inhabit. We can think of our hearts as the most holy place, where the covenant He made is no longer written on stone tablets, but on and in our hearts. He has replaced our hearts of stone with hearts of flesh “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” Ezekiel 36:26.
Jesus did not come to re write the law, but to fulfil it and in so doing brings us into the very presence of God with himself as our High Priest and son of God. We are co-heirs with Him of the kingdom of God. What a saviour!
Lord Jesus may your Holy Spirit fill me again with your love and peace. Send me out to be your servant to all people, to do your will and gather all your people to you. Amen.