There’s a lot to be said about the building of the Temple. It’s a pretty epic event biblically and so much that comes out of it.
In today’s reading, I was struck by the amount of materials David gathered for Solomon to use to begin building it:
“I have worked hard to provide materials for building the Temple of the Lord—nearly 4,000 tons of gold, 40,000 tons of silver, and so much iron and bronze that it cannot be weighed. I have also gathered timber and stone for the walls, though you may need to add more.” 22:14
This is an important, holy structure. So Israel hauled in the most important materials and resources it could. The best of the best. Thousands of tons of gold. The most skilled craftsmen and goldsmiths.
If you had to gather the most (culturally) valuable things in your life to offer God, what would it be? I would have a small pile of Apple products, some handed down jewelry and a bright white pearl resting on a diamond ring. That’s it. Gadgets manufactured in China and some tarnished jewelry.
This is not what Jesus asks of us. He does not as for things.
What does he want from us? What is worthy of his presence? Who can host his Spirit?
These chapters put into perspective for me what an incredible relationship I’m in with the Lord. David wasn’t even fit to lead the building of the Temple. And me? I’m marked as a friend of God and his Holy Spirit dwells inside me. We talk. He’s with me. All because of Jesus!
Thank you, God, for providing a way for me to be with you. I know I am unworthy and have nothing to offer you, except a humble heart and my repentance. Because of your son Jesus, I am in an interpersonal relationship with you. Amen!