Saturday, May 14, 2016

God's House!

Readings for the Day
1 Chronicles 22-24, 1 Thesslonians 3

Verses for the Day
6 Then he called for his son Solomon and charged him to build a house for the Lord, the God of Israel. 7 David said to Solomon: “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the Lord my God. 8 But this word of the Lord came to me: ‘You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight. 9 But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon,[a] and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign. 10 He is the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’

Today we see a big transition in God's plan to bring in Jesus as Messiah through the line of David as he had promised. David's main goal after fighting many battles for The Lord was to build the house of The Lord, in the Promised Land. But because he had shed too much blood, he instead commissioned his son Solomon to build it.

As you read this chapter you will see that David spared nothing in building the house of The Lord. It was magnificent, using the finest materials from the foreign nations they had conquered around them. Isn't it interesting that God includes these people in the building of his house. This is a foreshadowing that the Gentiles will also one day be included into the body of Christ. This is the fulfillment of the original covenant made to Abram, when God said he would be blessed to be a blessing to all nations.

Again, David commissioned Solomon to build a magnificent and glorious house where The Lord would be worshiped. In the rest of the chapters today, we see thousands of Levites, who are called to maintain the temple for the sacrifices and special services of God's house on Sabbaths and other special services during the year.

Many times some complain about money used to build churches. And, of course, we can worship God anywhere, but the church should be a holy house dedicated to giving glory to God, and used for the proper and orderly worship of Him. Care should be given to maintain and beautify God'a house to give glory to him, especially as seekers come to worship.

How is your church a reflection of the God it worships? Can you be part of those who tend to the church as we administer the sacraments, preach the Gospel, and welcome outsiders to experience God's grace?

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