Revelation of the Word:
Revelation of the Word 25/10/2022 Admin
THEME: BUILDING GOD’S TEMPLE
2 Chronicles 2:11-16 NIV
“Hiram king of Tyre replied by letter to Solomon: “Because the Lord loves his people, he has made you their king.” And Hiram added: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who made heaven and earth! He has given King David a wise son, endowed with intelligence and discernment, who will build a temple for the Lord and a palace for himself. “I am sending you Huram-Abi, a man of great skill, whose mother was from Dan and whose father was from Tyre. He is trained to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, and with purple and blue and crimson yarn and fine linen. He is experienced in all kinds of engraving and can execute any design given to him. He will work with your skilled workers and with those of my Lord, David your father. “Now let my Lord send his servants the wheat and barley and the olive oil and wine he promised, and we will cut all the logs from Lebanon that you need and will float them as rafts by sea down to Joppa. You can then take them up to Jerusalem.”
-Solomon wrote to Hiram king of Tyre requesting for supplies to enable him build the temple of the Lord. He knew his father king David and respected him, and upon Solomon’s request, he was convinced that he was a wise and discerning king. Hiram sent skilled workers like Hiram-Abi, logs of cedar, Cyprus, juniper and algum from Lebanon, and food supplies including wheat, barley and olive oil. The work of building the temple was entirely collective responsibility. King Solomon could not have succeeded alone but the Lord granted him favor before his people and his neighbors to enable him commence and complete the construction works. After the first temple was destroyed in 586 BC by king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, the Lord led Ezra to rebuild the temple and Nehemiah to redo the walls. They obtained success, for the glory of God. Genesis 11:6 tells us that, if the people are one and they all have one language, whatever they begin to do; will not withheld from them. Unity of believers is encouraged and in Romans 15:5-6 apostle Paul exhorts the Roman church to be like-minded toward one another according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. To effectively build the church, we are called to be united as one in Christ Jesus.
Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust. O my soul, you have said to the Lord, You are my Lord. My goodness is nothing apart from You. As for the saints who are on the earth. They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. Lord You are the Rock of our salvation, may You vindicate us from all the schemes of our enemies. May You unite us with strong bonds of love in our homes, work places, schools, society, churches and nation. May You bless all our plans and make us succeed in all that we do for the glory and honor of Your name. Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup. You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance. I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel. My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. I have set You Lord always before me because You are at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore, my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope, for You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life. In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Amen
Further reading: 2 Corinthians 13:11, Philippians 2:2