Gems 2015 — April 10 Scripture Selection: I Kings 7-9

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

April 10 Scripture Selection: I Kings 7-9

Food for Thought: I Kings 8:10-13, 22-53

What an auspicious occasion it was to dedicate the elaborate, ornate temple to the worship of the living God! (See chapter 6 for details of its description.) Though King Solomon acknowledged that He could not be limited to the confines of the walls of the structure, the Lord’s presence would abound and receive the honor and prayers of His people there. It would be a place where even the people from faraway lands would look to and know that it was devoted to the worship of the One True God. The day of the Temple’s dedication was like none other.

But now the Lord dwells in a different temple: US! From the time we received Jesus as Lord and Savior, He entered our temple not made by human hands (Acts 7:48; I Cor. 6:19, 20). By the work of the Lord, not our own, much preparation and dedication has taken place in our temple for the establishment of the dwelling place of God within us. Indeed, to prepare our temple, Jesus has consecrated the temple for us by the blood of Jesus (Heb. 10:19-21) and sanctified Himself so that we also would be sanctified by the truth (John 17:19). As Hebrews 10:10 says, “By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all,” (thus eliminating the need for constant sacrifices). This is an occasion of even greater significance and celebration than that of the dedication of Solomon’s temple.

Though the Lord is the One Who set up His temple within us and did everything necessary to make it suitable for His presence, it is still very fitting for us to dedicate it with our hearts and mouths, worshiping Him in spirit and in truth in that very holy place. Have you dedicated your temple to Him? If you never have, you can by trading your life for the life in Jesus and making room for Him to move in to your being (See Romans 10:8-10). If you have already done that, then you simply glorify God in your body and spirit and continue to acknowledge His presence and purpose within you. There is no event more special and important for the Lord than that.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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