1 Kings 8-9, Luke 22:39-71
This verse stuck out to me today.
3 “The Lord said to him:
I have heard your prayer and petition you have made before Me. I have consecrated this temple you have built, to put My name there forever; My eyes and My heart will be there at all times.”
Even though God said this so long ago, before the sacrifice of His Son, before the law was fulfilled, it still speaks volumes to me and applies to us!
Now, we no longer have to go to the temple to have time with God, we ARE the temple. The Holy Spirit dwells IN us, which is so beautiful when placed side by side with this verse.
“I have consecrated this temple (You are the temple) to put my name there forever; (you are a new creation and a part of God’s family, your old name (self) replaced with God’s.) my eyes and my heart will be there at all times. (You can’t go anywhere out of God’s sight, grasp, and love. His love and goodness will never run out for you.)
This is just something that I believe Jesus showed me today, and I wanted to share :)
It’s crazy to me how Jesus can be so forgiving and calm in these moments of crisis, especially when he knows what will happen.
Wow even when Jesus is about to be crucified he stilled healed his ear.. We can all learn from that even when we know we are wronged to still have compassion for those who are treating us badly
Solomon’s prayer is powerful and God clearly put those amazing words in his mouth. The word ‘heart’ comes up over and over again as how God’s people need to authentically repent and live for Him. This is a common problem all through the Bible where the people forget this! Also he’s prophesying the coming divisions among Israel and rebellion of the people, even to the point of their captivity as a nation and then even touching on the salvation of the Gentiles as well as Israel. So amazing!!
Also, it’s cool that the feast they were celebrating was the Feast of Booths, when they made booths to live in for seven days and celebrate and remember when they were living in booths in the wilderness. Because the chapter also says that during this feast is when the ark was moved into the Temple, God moving and living among them while they ‘moved’ into their booths for a while to remember his provision etc. I love God’s attention to detail! :)
Luke 22:61 “And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord …. ” Wow. Can you imagine what that look must have conveyed?
Solomon begs God to hear and forgive when Israel repents of their sin and returns to Him. He knows they will fail. And He knows God will bring judgment. But he begs for forgiveness and restoration
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