THEME: JERUSALEM TEMPLE
1 Chronicles 28:6-7
Now He said to me, ‘It is your son Solomon who shall build My house and My courts; for I have chosen him to be My son, and I will be his Father. Moreover I will establish his kingdom forever, if he is steadfast to observe My commandments and My judgments, as it is this day.’
-The Jerusalem temple was one of the most significant structures ever built in the Old Testament. The temple was also useful for worship, prayer, ritual sacrifice, ritual cleanings etc. It housed the Ark of the Covenant that represented the presence of God. Those who prayed there received Gods’ blessings (1 Kin 8:14-53). It was destroyed by king Nebuchadnezzar II after the siege of Jerusalem (2 Kin 25:8-10) and its subsequent rebuild under the decree of Cyrus king of Persia (Ezra 1:1-4; 1 Chro 36:22). In the New Testament, Jesus was tempted at the pinnacle of the temple (Lk 4:9), He taught there during the day (Lk 21:37-38) and cautioned those who made the temple a den of thieves rather than a place of prayer (Mk 11:16-17). Jesus promises us that He will bring forth the new Jerusalem where He will establish us forever (Rev 3:11-12).
-Even though king David had all the plans for the vestibule, its houses, treasuries, upper chambers, inner chambers and the place of the mercy seat, he could not built the temple for he had shed blood (1 Chro 28:3). He handed the plan over to his son Solomon as instructed by God; which also included the articles of service, treasury, weight of the table of show bread, lamp-stands, cherubim, altar of incense which had different functions. David encouraged him to be strong and follow the commandments of God, and to always serve Him with a loyal heart and willing mind.
Lord Almighty Father; we thank You and give You all the praise for You are good and Your love for us is everlasting. Thank You for You have enabled us to see this day full of health. It is not by our power nor by might but by Your Spirit Lord. Remember Abba Father; all those who are sick and suffering that You may heal them; for by Your stripes we are healed. Have mercy Lord on all the street families, widows and orphans that You may provide for all their needs. Remember also Father those who are in prison and those have criminal and civil cases; that You may deliver them by Your powerful hand. Be with all our leaders and those who are conducting the national census merciful Father that You may grant them success in their duties. Remember also Lord all the children who are preparing to go back to school that You may guide them and protect them in all their endeavors. Be with all churches Lord and all those who serve with different gifts and capacities; that You may use us to cause transformation to the world according to Your will. Help us Lord to always follow Your will and serve You with loyal hearts. You deserve all our worship and praise Jesus, now and forever. Amen
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