1 Chronicles 28-29, Luke 9:28-45
I had never noticed before that Peter, John and James were sleeping during Jesus’ transfiguration. How remarkable! And, I love how the text points out that Peter didn’t know what he was really even saying, at suggesting that there should be three booths set up for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. Such a powerful, transformative moment and then they go down from the mountain to be met with the demands and needs of people desperate for help. I think we can learn from this rhythm. Sometimes we are truly in these glorious moments with God but we will always return to the valley.
I like how the Bible explains Solomon was young and inexperienced, but God still chose him to do the work. It shows what God values!
20Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished. -ellie
could someone explain to me what the term “a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God” -1 Chronicles 28:2 means?
From my understanding, David wanted to build a permanent temple to replace the mobile tabernacle that Israel had used up to this point. The ark of the covenant is what dwelled in the Holies of Holies, a room in the tabernacle. The ark of the covenant was the thrown of God’s presence in this place, which would be the reference to his footstool in this passage.
We read that David was denied this honor because of the bloodshed he was responsible for as a man of war. Instead his son Solomon was allowed to build the temple.
In this passage Jesus tells his disciples about the suffering that is to come after the people recognize him as having the majesty of God. Previously it was after Peter identified him as the Christ of God. Would we also be amazed to recognize Christ’s deity and majestic power, and the greatness of mercy that he humbled himself to the cross.
20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.
There are many statements like this in the bible, almost word-for-word. Clearly this is a point He’s really emphasizing on – Be strong! Don’t let fear get in the way because God is with us, and isn’t ever going to leave our side! May we approach each day with these words in mind!
Why did jesus say that if it was purposely concealed from their understanding??
Maybe he said it so that the disciples would be able to think back when he was crucified and realize that he had predicted his death.
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