Legacy Devotional: Day 8
Solomon’s Temple: A Place of
At the outset of Solomon’s reign, God appeared to him in a dream and asked him what he desired. There were to be no conditions on what he could request. It was simply “Ask, and I’ll give it to you.” Solomon could have asked for wealth, longevity, guaranteed security, prestige, loyal leaders, expanded borders… his imagination was the only limit. But he chose to ask not for himself, but for his people.
He chose to ask for wisdom and for knowledge—for the gifts that would enable him to rule his people well.
Because Solomon’s heart was in the right place, God not only granted his request, but showered wealth and honour upon him. No king was ever to surpass him in these.
When the Temple was built and dedicated and the presence of the Lord filled it, part of Solomon’s prayer was that people from distant lands would hear of it and come to seek God.
Once again, Solomon’s request was granted. As the fruit of the wisdom God had given him evidenced itself, word began to spread beyond the borders of Israel. Kings and rulers from every nation came to visit Jerusalem, to hear Solomon’s wisdom, to marvel at the nation’s great wealth and the beauty and opulence of the Temple.
This may sound like a one-man story, but it was actually the work of thousands of people, each bringing the best they had to bring, whether musical ability, craftsmanship, wealth, or simply dedication. Every pillar, every square metre of tapestry, and every utensil contributed something irreplaceable towards the beautiful and influential whole.
The Church today still is intended to be the most influential place on earth. It still is the place where God’s presence, love, wisdom, truth and answers are found. And, like the Israelites, we each have something unique to bring to the Temple. We are all necessary parts of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27), and we all have the potential to contribute towards the extent of its influence in some way.
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“And when foreigners hear of you and your mighty miracles, and they come from distant lands to worship your great name and to pray toward this Temple, then hear from heaven where you live, and grant what they ask of you. Then all the people of the earth will come to know you and fear you […]. They, too, will know that this Temple I have built bears your name.” - 2 Chronicles 6:32-33
Key Passages: 2 Chronicles 1:7-12, 6:32-33, 9:1-8, 9:22-23