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Sweeter Than Honey is patterned after this Bible Reading Itinerary. On Tuesdays, here at the blog, I would love it if you and I could take a trip through God's Word and Sweeter Than Honey, together! I would also encourage you to Join us over in the private, Sweeter Than Honey, Facebook group, introduce yourself, meet new friends, and share your thoughts there as well. We're waiting for you!
1 Kings 6-8: Solomon Builds The Temple
“In the four hundred and eightieth year after the people of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of the Lord.” (1 Kings 6:1)
“Now the Word of the Lord came to Solomon, ‘Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in My statutes and obey My rules and keep all My commandments and walk in them, then I will establish My Word with you, which I spoke to David your father. And I will dwell among the children of Israel and will not forsake My people Israel.’
“O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like You, in Heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart.” (1 Kings 8:23)
1 Kings 6-8 are so refreshing to read! After all the years of war and upheaval, wickedness and judgment, alas Israel is at peace with her neighbors. They have a good and wise king, a permanent place to put down roots (or at least it seems that way at the moment), and King Solomon builds the house of the Lord. Don’t miss Solomon's prayer of dedication and benediction in 1 Kings 8:22-61, and the final verse of chapter 8 where Solomon holds a week-long feast—the Feast of Tabernacles. 1 Kings 8:66 records that the people of Israel went back to their homes from the feast “joyful and glad of heart.”
I often think of the way the people of Israel went back to their homes, "joyful and glad of heart,” as the way I go back to my home after Sunday services at my church. Sunday worship—the singing of praises and the preaching of the Word—should be like a feast for our souls.
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Let's be intentional about focusing on God’s Word and the truths found there. Let's let it inspire us to live out our faith each day in a way that causes those we come in contact with to want what we have found. God sees you. He knows you by name, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and He cares about every detail of your daily existence. He wrote you a Love Letter. Let’s dive in!
8/30/2022 09:14:51 am
I love Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the temple. What a high moment in Israel's history. I was reading this morning about the access we have to the Father through Christ. As great as it was to have the temple, how much greater to be able to go to God at the throne of grace at any moment. Truly, we have much cause to be "joyful and glad of heart."
8/30/2022 01:44:30 pm
You are so right, Barbara! That access we have to the Father through Christ is priceless—"the greatest tool in our Christian toolbox" I often say. But how underutilized it is! If we could only comprehend its great, great power!!
8/30/2022 02:18:06 pm
The feasts and festivals of OT Israel always make me smile and a wee bit jealous. They just seem so creative in expressing truth about God!
8/30/2022 02:23:01 pm
Yes, Michele, a week-long feast sounds pretty sweet! :) I'm a wee bit jealous too. But then, when I think about how they did that with no fridge, stove/oven, dishwasher... I'm good! LOL
8/30/2022 03:57:01 pm
Yes! We should feel joyful and have a glad heart after services on Sunday! I think most of the time I feel that way unless I'm focusing too much on the hard things looming in the next week. I need to set that aside and celebrate being with my church family.
8/30/2022 04:07:21 pm
I love that feeling, Jerralea, of leaving church on Sunday evening feeling refreshed and spiritually uplifted and ready for the week ahead! What a blessing! I remember how much I missed that in 2020 during our COVID shutdown. Zoom just didn't do it for me!! LOL
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