Day 143

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1 Kings 7:1-51, 2 Chronicles 3:15-4:22 (NLT)

Meg Andersen, Sprouts Service Coordinator/MOPS Finance Coordinator
Specifically 1 Kings 7:51

Out of all the details we have read in these passages, my heart rests on this one; 1 Kings 7:51, “So King Solomon finished all his work on the Temple of the Lord. Then he brought all the gifts his father, David, had dedicated—the silver, the gold, and the various articles—and he stored them in the treasuries of the Lord’s Temple.”

Oh the joy encased in this simple verse, such fulfillment, obedience and peace. After all the ups and downs of David’s life, the turmoil and the heartbreak, we see here a son honoring both his earthly father and his Heavenly Father. Solomon could have done whatever he pleased with the gifts his father had dedicated to the LORD, all those years earlier in 1 Samuel 8:11. But no, Solomon was faithful with David’s gifts and also to the instructions his earthly father had given him in 1 Chronicles 22. And in obeying David, he was faithful to the plans of the LORD. What a beautiful scene we see here of all the dedicated gifts of David being ushered into the completed temple of the LORD.

This verse in 3 John 1:4, “I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth,” seems to be illustrated perfectly here by a son walking in the truth his father has handed down to him–and ultimately the truth his Heavenly Father gives him. David’s dream of building a house for the LORD is now completed through his son, and there must have been no greater joy than that. We are also sons and daughters of a King, let us not forget that there is no greater joy for our Father than to see us walking in TRUTH and remember what joy we have in being about our Heavenly Father’s business!

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5 responses »

  1. Thanks Meg, This verse became a focal point for me also, as I read todays scripture. Beautifully done, I think you nailed it!!!

  2. Today’s reading reminded me how God delights in artistry and craftsmanship. His own craftsmanship — the universe — is astonishing in its detail, its intricacy, and in its beauty. There’s no mention that God required all this decoration, but the fact that it’s recorded in such detail suggests that God enjoyed it. May we use our skills and talents to create beauty that reflects our great Father.

  3. Lord, You are a God of details. Nothing is too small or insignificant for You. And nothing is beyond Your ability to use to create a thing of beauty. Be glorified in Your temple.

  4. “He (Solomon) placed the pillars in front of The Temple, one on the right, and the other on the left. The right pillar he named Jakin (Security) and the left pillar he named Boaz (Stability).”
    – 2 Chron. 3:17

    This verse jumped out at me today because of these two words: Security and Stability. These words have become more & more important to me as we enter retirement, where the future sometimes feels unstable and our finances insecure. How good of God to direct Solomon to name the two pillars after things we long for in life! In a visual way, He is announcing that “here in my Temple you will find what you’re truly looking for.” He placed them on the left and on the right. Since scripture says the Temple of God now lives IN us, that means the pillars of security and stability must come with the package and are placed on the left and on the right of our heart! Thank You, God, for this message today…and for reminding me that You hold the pillars firm when my emotional foundation gets shaken.

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