Read – 1 Kings 10
Focus on verse 8-9
I have been fortunate to have several waste mentors in my life in addition to my father, who despite dropping out of school at sixteen after completing tenth grade in order to help run the family farm, demonstrated wisdom that only God can give a person in the way he lead his family and managed his business. I also had a vocal instructor in college, and several colleagues when I was in ministry who spoke into Continue reading
Read – 1 Kings 9
Focus on verse 20-22
Humanity has a history of treating our own kind badly. There are very few (if any) times in Human history that I am aware of, where slavery was not part of the world economy. We have been led to believe that we have abolished the enslavement of fellow human beings, and in most nations of the world there are laws prohibiting the buying and selling of human beings as slaves. Unfortunately the fact that there Continue reading
Read – 1 Kings 8
Focus on verse 10-11
It is a life changing experience to stand in the presence of the Lord. And there were very few people mentioned in the Old Testament who were able to stand in the presence of the Lord. Moses was perhaps the most notable among these.
Here in this reading, the presence of the Lord fills the temple after the priests come out, and they are unable to go back in because they were not able to stand in the Continue reading
Read – 1 Kings 7
Focus on verse 47
We often use the phrase “you can’t take it with you” to remind ourselves that all this stuff we accumulate in our lifetime is temporary. Well, I recall an old joke about a fairly rich man who somehow received a special dispensation by which St. Peter agreed to allow him to bring one suitcase full of his earthly treasure along to heaven when he died. When the day finally came, and he arrived at the pearly gates with his Continue reading
Read – 1 Kings 6
Focus on verse 20
The inner sanctuary of the temple was a twenty-cubit cube entirely overlaid with gold. In fact the entire inside of the temple was overlaid with pure gold. It is hard for me to imagine the impressive detail and workmanship that went into this architectural wonder. Yet even this impressive structure would look like a hovel compared to the structure that is described in the book of Revelation by the Apostle John in his vision of the New Jerusalem, the holy city of God, where those who love and worship God will reside with the Lord for all eternity.
In today’s reading we find a description of the building of Solomon’s temple and some of the craftsmanship that was employed in it’s construction. The inner sanctuary of the temple was the place where the ark of God would be placed. It would be the place the priests would call the holy of holies.
The inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and twenty cubits high, and he overlaid it with pure gold. He also overlaid an altar of cedar. (v. 20)
This was the place, which only the High Priest was allowed to enter, and only on one occasion each year. When he would enter the inner sanctuary in order to atone for the sins of the people, they would tie a rope to one of his feet, and place bells on his robe, so that in the event that the bells stopped tinkling because the Lord struck him down, the other priests could pull his body out without having to enter and risk being struck down themselves.
The curtain or vale that separated the inner sanctuary from the holy place, was the curtain that was found torn in two at the point of Jesus death on the cross indicating that by Christ’s sacrifice, the holiest of holy places was now accessible to all.
Read – 1 Kings 5
Focus on verse 7
Serving can seem tiresome particularly if we do not have a sense of purpose in what we are doing. There is a certain fulfillment that comes for serving the people we love. Perhaps even some sense of satisfaction in serving those who we may deem undeserving of our service. Where it becomes laborious is when we have no idea what the purpose of what we are being asked to do is, or if we get the sense that we are being given pointless busywork to do. Continue reading
Read – 1 Kings 4
Focus on verse 2
Despite the negative media coverage, compared to many other places in the world, we are blessed to live in America. Certainly, we have some problems, no nation in the world is unaffected by corruption and greed, but for the most part, the majority of the people who live in America would be considered wealthy by world standards.
In today’s reading we find a description of Israel at the pinnacle of national glory. Continue reading