What’s SO very special about gemstones, about gold and silver? The crown jewels of the UK, of many nations, are beautifully displayed as Royal crowns, scepter, orbs, swords and crosses, as we are reminded during this transition of the royal family. One of many crowns adorns Queen Elizabeth’s casket laying in state. So many gems whether cut or polished raw are beautiful. The replicas of the Bohemian crown jewels were spectacular enough for me to see, and yet the real ones must be extra stunning and too precious to display all the time. They remain locked away. They are too precious to risk being stolen? Or too precious to invest the materials and staff needed to keep them safe? The preciousness is surely enhanced by their beauty. Their uniqueness created by God, but their commercial value created by man’s commerce. Such is the way of the world. Why did God make such jewel stones? Why are they beautiful? And why is a simple flower that fades away even more beautiful and delicately made just for one day?
King Solomon in all his splendor (and he had a lot of splendor, see 2nd Chronicles chapters 2 thru 5, could build only a place for sacrifices to be offered, he knew God was too big to contain. God had made a covenant with them, and God renewed His covenant with Jesus, which was foretold in the scriptures. Solomon placed the Ark in the temple, a precious container containing the stone tablets of the Law from Moses and God. And then God came in to the place as a cloud. Surely God never left but the cloud here and the cloud and fire appearing in the wandering desert were a visual for God’s precious presence, His leading and His blessings. How now we must realize that the splendor is but a shadow sliver of the beauty of the Lord.
The temple so beautiful, the scale so precise and vast… the Lord so much more than all that. The Lord is precious beyond precious, His forgiveness infinitely more precious than all the earthly riches.
Solomon built a temple for worship, but God built the TEMPLE of His own Hope by placing Himself God thru Jesus onto earth, Jesus in human flesh. Jesus was there at the beginning and humbled Himself to be the sacrifice poured into and over anything offered in human-built temples. Jesus still offers this coverage of His forgiveness today.
Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.
Chapter 6 of 2nd Chronicles continues with describing how Solomon is flabbergasted in awe and wonder. In the words spoken by Solomon, he speaks in praise and wonders out loud if God will really dwell on earth. In chapter 7, the Lord God speaks to Solomon, of what will happen representatively to the temple (both the stone one and Jesus’s body) in the crumbling crushing of both due to sin (sin of man crumbles both).
Reading Solomon’s prayer given in the format of worship in front of the temple, we can gain further meaning by instead replacing the spoken word “temple” locations with “Jesus”, in chapter 6 and 7, and see how truly fitting the prayer is for Jesus directly!!!
Jesus was and is the temple torn down and raised up. Read these precious Words and know preciousnessisin the Saving, the Savior, the Forever faithfulness.
Focus on the “temple” and “altar” words underlined and realize that Jesus as the Word, as the Lord, as the Name above all names, IS the forgiveness and forgiving One:
“But will God really dwell on earth with humans? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! Yet, Lord my God, give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence. May your eyes be open toward this temple day and night, this place of which you said you would put your Name there. May you hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place. Hear the supplications 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.“
Yes, God did come to dwell on earth, in the form of Jesus. He already existed and came. He will come again. Solomon knew and asked on behalf of the people: “then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you.”
Jesus as Lord IS the forgiving power. Jesus is now the temple Sacrifice inside us to bring us forever home, to be His “very good” beauty adorning Heaven, even more precious than any gemstone. We are shining Him, the Rock.
And please continue reading sections of Solomon’s temple praise of God and Jesus.
“When anyone wrongs their neighbor and is required to take an oath and they come and swear the oath before your altar in this temple, then hear from heaven and act. Judge between your servants, condemning the guilty and bringing down on their heads what they have done, and vindicating the innocent by treating them in accordance with their innocence.“
“When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to a land far away or near; and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly’; and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity where they were taken, and pray toward the land you gave their ancestors, toward the city you have chosen and toward the temple I have built for your Name; then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you.
“Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
See chapters 2 thru 7: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Chronicles%202-7&version=NIV;KJV