“Then Solomon began to build the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to his father David. It was on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the place provided by David.” (3:1)
The same place the Lord halted His wrath and made the angel sheath his weapon is the place the temple would be built. The Holy of Holies, separated from mankind by a curtain which would be torn from top to bottom at the moment of Jesus’ death. The wrath of God turned away from His people again, at the cost of a descendent of David.
The Word of God is beautiful. He became human and dwelt among us. We have seen His glory. The grace and mercy of God is marvelous.
On all accounts, we deserve destruction. The world is a beautiful place, but mankind has done some horrendous things. Watching the news is very disheartening. Many times over it would have been reasonable for God to wipe us all out, but He doesn’t. He lures us to Himself and transforms us, slowly but surely. He builds His church among us. It may not be overlaid with gold anymore, but it is still precious. Paul tells us to use our gifts to build up His church.
Where did you meet the grace and mercy of God? How can you build up His church today?