Take a journey with me. A journey unlike most I take. Most of the times I go somewhere, I’m in a hurry – so intent on getting to the destination that I don’t take the time to enjoy the scenery during my time spent travelling. I’m not just talking about my trips back to South Dakota to visit relatives or other road trips I take with my family, but also the journey I take through God’s Word. So often I have rushed through it, trying to read as much as I can to make sure I can keep up with my daily through-the-Bible-in-a-year reading plan.
Don’t get me wrong, those reading plans are great; any time we are in God’s Word it is a good thing. I’ve read through the Bible in a year a couple of times, and I learned a lot. But so often I became focused on the destination that I was distracted from enjoying the journey. I focused too much on checking another book off the list, and spent too little time considering what God was saying through that book of the Bible.
Recently I’ve started reading the Bible in smaller chunks, just a dozen or so verses at a time, but reading them a couple times, slowing down to contemplate on them, meditate on them, and to let the Holy Spirit talk to me through them. Not focusing so much on the destination, but enjoying the journey.
But taking this enjoyable journey by myself is, well, kind of lonely. I need some company. I want you to join in with me. Stop back here each weekday as we read through a book from God’s Word, a chapter or less each day, with a few thoughts from me as well. Remember, your comments are always welcome!
In His Peace,
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The temple and all of its furnishings are completed, and the temple is ready to be dedicated. But before the dedication can happen, one more thing is needed – the Ark of the Covenant. Remember the how the waters of the Jordan River were parted when those carrying the Ark first stepped into the water. Remember how the Ark was carried around the walls of Jericho seven times before the city was destroyed. The Ark was the very presence of God among the people.
As the Ark was carried into the Temple, the presence of God filled the place like a thick smoke, reminding the people of the presence of God as He led the people out of Egypt as a pillar of smoke by day and as a pillar of fire by night. The same God who delivered them then is with them then.
And that same God is still with us. Even though we might not experience smoke filling the church during worship (because if we did we would call the fire department), even though He is not physically visible in our day to day life, He is with us always!
From the Lutheran Study Bible: “the inspired account details the temple’s furnishings, indicating the care given to honor this beautiful place of worship. Solomon’s magnificent temple with its furnishings, especially those relating to the sacrificial system, point to the coming Savior. Through Jesus’ blood and merit, all our sins are washed away. Through the Savior’s long-promised sacrifice, forgiveness, life, and eternal salvation are ours.” In summary, the temple and it’s furnishings point forward towards Christ!