“But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! 28 Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day. 29 May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day, this place of which you said, ‘My Name shall be there,’ so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place. 30 Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive. (1Kings 8:27-30)
The Temple was everything to the Jews. It represented God with them. God, the One who had saved them from certain death at Pharoah’s hand. God who rescued them – divided seas, rained down bread and meat, kept shoes from wearing out…pored out water from a rock. God, who had brought them to their own land, defeated their enemy, gave them a hope and a future – and called them His own.
In the Temple was the Presence of all that made them different from all others: God. Yahweh. The Great I AM.
The Temple was a BIG DEAL.
And now, WE are called to be His temple:
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?
We are called to house the very presence of God. Let that Truth stir around all those firing neurons of ours: Resurrection power, miracle mercy, grandiose grace, far-reaching forgiveness
…all things Good and Holy, resides at our very core.
What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the templeof the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Not sure I can wrap my un-templed mind around this mystery. So, I just quietly listen to Paul’s prayer and pray for this incredible Truth to spread to each and every mountain-moving molecule in me:
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion,and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
… Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…
It appears that this Temple of me, of you – this hodgepodge of us that He is joining together to rise to become a holy temple in the Lord –
is indeed a very BIG DEAL.
Lord, let my life – this lowly temple you have chosen to be fit together with others – be filled and ready for construction with love, patience and your kindness.