Our Jesus 365 readings this week describe to us a captivating encounter of God with man through the Temple of Solomon. I am fascinated with the presence of God. Stories where the curtain of Heaven rolls back and the glory of God floods into the Earth stir my soul and lift my spirit. I just want to be there to experience it myself. When I read these Biblical narratives, part of me prays, “God do that here in Dublin at Valley Christian!” That’s what I feel when I read about the story of Temple dedication by Solomon.
1 Kings 8:10-11 tells us “that the priests had to withdraw from the Holy Place and could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple.” Imagine that. The priests had to suspend their duties and leave the House of God because the cloud of God filled His house. The service order is suspended to make room for the visitation of God. Incredible!
The House of God is a central figure in the Bible that takes on two iterations:
1. Place: The literal temple itself as the House of God where the people gather regularly to meet with Him.
2. Person: Jesus as the temple and we, as the people of God, as the temple
I will show today in the text that the temple is both a place and a person and we are expected to validate both expressions.
On this first day of Holy Week, Palm Sunday, we tackle the critical topic of the temple. My hope is that after our time together you will cry out with the Psalmist who says:
Psalm 84:1 – “How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”