I Kings 8:1-11; II Chronicles 5 — What makes the temple, the temple

Solomon made a beautiful temple.  Its beauty was unsurpassed by anything else ever built in Israel up to that time.

And yet for all its beauty, it was just a building.  A beautiful building, but just a building nonetheless.  And then God came.

It says in verses 10 and 11 of I Kings chapter 8,

When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the Lord.  And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple.

What makes the temple, the temple?  It’s the presence of the living God inside that temple.  It’s his glory shining out from that temple.  Without God in the temple, all you have is an empty building.

What makes a Christian the temple of God?  It’s not their outward appearance.  Whether they’re slim or big, tall or short, smart or not so smart, beautiful or not so beautiful, gifted or not so gifted.  What makes a Christian the temple of God is God’s presence and glory dwelling within them.

That’s what he does.  And so that’s what we are.

How do you look upon yourself?  Do you see yourself as the temple of God?  Or as something less?  God sees you as nothing less than his temple.  You are his dwelling place.  And it is through you that God wants to display his glory so that others may be drawn to him.

Let us never forget that.  And so as we consider this simple truth, let us do as the Israelites did that day, and fall on our knees before him saying, “The Lord is good; his love endures forever.”  (II Chronicles 7:3)

Lord, I thank you that you have made me your temple.  Let me see myself as nothing less.  Dwell in me.  Let your glory shine out from me.  And through me, let others be drawn to you.  For you O Lord are good.  And your love endures forever.  Thank you so much for that.  In Jesus name, amen.

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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