The Temple

1 Kings 7-8

Yesterday, I read about King Solomon building his Palace and of the equipment in the Temple. And in chapter 8, the Ark is brought to the Temple and King Solomon dedicates the Temple.

The Israelites had changed from having the Tabernacle to having a Temple and there was a difference between the two. The Tabernacle was a portable place of worship designed for the people as they were travelling towards the Promised Land. The word Tabernacle means tent. The Temple, on the other hand was a permanent place to worship God after the Israelites entered Canaan.

The other interesting thing was that the palace and the Temple were built close together because Israel’s king was to be both political and a religious leader. The political, judicial and military affairs of the nation were not to be done apart from God; our governments of today would do well to stop and listen to God.

I guess I should pray more for the governmnent and for ministers to listen to God when making decisions that affect our nation and our people today.

In looking at these verses on the building of the temple, I am reminded of the Scripture that tells me my body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit:

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Jo


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