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The following passage is part of the historic dedication of The Temple by King Solomon:

“But will God really live on earth among people? Why, even the highest heavens cannot contain you. How much less this Temple I have built! Nevertheless, listen to my prayer and my plea, OLord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is making to you. May you watch over this Temple day and night, this place where you have said you would put your name. May you always hear the prayers I make toward this place. May you hear the humble and earnest requests from me and your people Israel when we pray toward this place. Yes, hear us from heaven where you live, and when you hear, forgive.” 2 Chronicles 6:18-21

This scripture has always plucked every string of my heart because it is both daring and humble at the same time, a true harmony of the creature and The Creator.

And its essence brings me to the individual, rather than corporate, aspect of Solomon’s prayer.

Speeding probably nine centuries ahead, St. Paul asks the Corinthians, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? 1 Corinthians 6:19

Who can fathom that what the “highest heavens cannot contain,” that same God indwells in the physical and spiritual body of the believer through The Holy Spirit?

The location of the temple in Jerusalem made it necessary for the Jewish people to travel to the city for the holy days. Some had to journey for many miles on foot. Yet, this newer temple is our bodies and that affords us great privilege coupled with the daunting task of its upkeep.

Which brings us back to Solomon’s wise prayer. Knowing that we will sin, he asks in advance for forgiveness for his individual sin and that of the nation’s iniquity. 

When Jesus hung on the cross, He paid in advance for all sin and particularly for those who are humble enough, and who share a bit of Solomon’s wisdom, to receive that forgiveness. 

In essence, Jesus becomes the new temple, the High Priest and everything that Solomon’s Temple represented. “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days,” Jesus said of Himself in John 2:19

And the writer of Hebrews sums up everything so perfectly: “So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.” Hebrews 9:11,12

In Solomon’s day, man built the temple. In our day, an invitation goes out to allow God to build His temple in us. May we have the wisdom of Solomon to acknowledge our need for such a place.

BELOW: IT TOOK 20 YEARS TO COMPLETE SOLOMON’S TEMPLE AND PALACE. IT TAKES THE HOLY SPIRIT OUR ENTIRE LIVES TO CONSTRUCT HIS MASTERPIECE IN US; THE LIKENESS OF JESUS CHRIST.

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