5/31/16: A Place for the Ark

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King Solomon took seven years building the House of the Lord (the Temple) and thirteen building his house (the palace). (See I Kings 6:38 – 7:1) At the end of the massive building project, he assembled all the people of Israel together and prayed. Amidst His words that blessed God, requested God’s favor, and pleaded for forgiveness when they’d inevitably disobey, Solomon dropped in a little line that said, “I have made a place for the ark” I Kings 8:21 (NKJ).

The Ark of the Covenant was very special to the Israelites. It is said that, “From between the two cherubim that were on the ark of the Testimony, God spoke to Moses” (Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary). New Unger’s Bible Dictionary tells us, “The history of the Ark is in accordance with its intensely moral character. As the symbol of the Lord’s presence, it was borne by the priests in advance of the host.” And the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia says, “…the ark was designed to be a symbol of the presence of God in the midst of His people.” No wonder Solomon wanted to make a place – a very special place – for the ark.

Question: Have we made a place for the ark – a place for God’s abiding presence – in our “house of the Lord.” The Message Bible reminds us, “…your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit… you can’t live however you please… The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body” 1 Corinthians 6:19 – 20.

May our bodies and our lives be fitting and awesome residences for the presence of God.

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One Response to “5/31/16: A Place for the Ark”

  1. When I first realized that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, I really asked God to help me understand all that this meant and how I should actually live my life of holiness and purity. Over the years, my primary chore has been one of great introspection and “house cleaning” so that I truly am truly open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

    Later when I began to know that Christians are all Children of God and that each person is a unique being with a God ordained purpose, I realized that the bodies of all Christians united as one actually form the Temple of God with everyone playing an essential role in worshiping the One true God. This I would submit is the reason why God allows trials and temptations to enter each Christian’s life. They help us to develop a strong faith that endures very difficult trials and even helps us learn to rejoice in our suffering.

    May all Christians truly unite in serving God and mankind as Jesus Christ did so that our newly resurrected bodies become a radiant present to our Father being totally humble and obedient to Jesus Christ-the true head of our united bodies.

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