Hi friends! Welcome back to another day of Solomon as king as we begin to work through the long chapters of 4 - 7. These are pretty significant though as they make clear evidence of how the Bible is a continued story. This section includes Solomon building the temple for God, which would change our own theology around God forevermore. Let's check it out!
Scripture to Read
Questions to Consider
What does this teach me about God?
What does this teach me about humanity?
What does this teach me about the church?
- My Thoughts -
I have a few questions about this section. Solomon builds the Lord's temple, but what then happens to the temple that was build during that LONG slog of Leviticus? What does it mean that now we are a people that has stopped moving and settled and now GOD too has moved and settled. That's spooky to me. Secondly, I can't help but get a laugh at how much detail Solomon puts into his palace in comparison to God's. God's is a box made of wood. Nice. Solomon's palace is 44 rooms large, with ornate flowers and gems, and rocks, and wood, and fountains and everything else. I guess the allure for more stuff has always cursed us. Or maybe God just preferred a more humble house. That seems to be proven true when God would be born to a Galilean family. Speaking of, I've got a Christmas service to plan!
For this week's prayer I want you to pray the Lord's prayer and meditate on it. When you pray it - does it sound passive? For example, are you praying for a movement from God? O does it sound active such as you a praying to be a movement of God. I first did this exercise a church convention a few years back and changed how I viewed the prayer. I now pray it with less of the traditional lull of a church and more of a declarative statement. I'm curious if you agree.