Tuesday, May 7, 2013

May 7 – 2 Samuel 6 – 7 & 1 Chronicles 17

Below are my thoughts from the daily Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from 2 Samuel 6 – 7 & 1 Chronicles 17. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read his word. Also above in the tabs is a link to the Bible reading plan.

After David brings the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem and reestablishes its role amongst the Israelites, David has a stark revelation. I can just imagine him sitting in his palace, looking around at the sturdiness, the protection, the comfort that it provided him, and realizing God’s “physical” home amongst the Israelites did not compare. When David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem he erected a tent. He did this because this is all they ever knew as a home for the Ark.

A tent is all the Tabernacle was. A tent was the only practical choice for their place of worship during the days of the wilderness when they would be moving around. This was still a perfect choice during the days of the conquest when they were still occupying the land. Even during the judge’s period, when no central “king” or capital city was established. But now, life was different, a monocracy had been established, and David had selected a capital city for Israel.

So David compares and contrasts his home to the home of God amongst Israel and he says something is not right. He decides he wants to build a permanent home for God, one that would protect the Ark of the Covenant which was the physical representation of God. This is a noble thing, but because of David’s past, God says he will not get the privilege, that privilege will come to one of his children.

Now in our culture and world today there is no temple, at least not one made by brick and mortar. Upon Jesus death on the cross, the Temple in Jerusalem was vacated by God because he had found a new home. He had found a home in the heart of every immersed believer of Jesus Christ. As a Christian, who now serves as a living temple for the Living God I think its wise for us to ask the same question David asked … What kind of temple are we? Is the temple where God resides today up to the standards it should be? Does God’s temple, your body, reflect the home He should have?

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