Thursday, June 13, 2013

June 12 – 1 Kings 8 & 2 Chronicles 5

Below are my thoughts from the daily Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from 1 Kings 8 & 2 Chronicles 5. 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.

There is just something magnificent about our reading today. I don’t know if it stirrers you as you read the account the way it does me. Just imagine having the privilege to be witness to God’s very prescience. Now I know and understand as Christians we have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit inside us and that he is doing life with us in a different way than what he did with Abraham’s decedents. But still to see a physical manifestation of God would have been amazing.

In our reading we watched as the Priest carried the Ark of the Covenant and placed it into the Holy of Holies … the most sacred place in the Temple. As the Ark is placed there and the Priest continued their worship God takes up residence in the Temple … “When the priest came out of the Holy Place, a thick clouded filled the Temple of the LORD.” (1 Kings 8:10 NLT) God was now in His house and taking up permanent residence. I certainly wish I could see something like that!

Here’s the cool thing … one day I will. But what I will see will be much better. What I will see will not be a cloud representing God’s prescience … No! Because I know Christ as Lord and Savior I will stand before the throne of the Living God, bowing down in worship for all eternity. For that I am grateful, excited, and anxiously awaiting!

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