Yesterday I chose the humble prayer of the simple man. Today we read the grand prophetic prayer of Solomon, the great king of Israel. In this section of his prayer, prayed publicly before the whole nation at the opening of the great temple to the Lord, Solomon foresees a time when all the people of the earth, not just Israel, will know and worship the Lord and they will know the temple built to honour God’s name. How amazing to find myself mentioned in the bible again! I am the foreigner who doesn’t belong to God’s people Israel. I have also come to know him and fear him. But now, not only have I heard of, and turned towards Solomon’s great temple to the Lord, but Jesus has re-cast me as a living stone in the very fabric of God’s new temple. The one which, through Jesus’s death and resurrection, replaced Solomon’s old temple of stone with the living temple: the fellowship of his church. The original temple was destroyed when the Israel was carried off to Babylon and exile. This is also anticipated by Solomon in this passage below.
2 Chronicles 6:32-39 NLT
“In the future, foreigners who do not belong to your people Israel will hear of you. They will come from distant lands when they hear of your great name and your strong hand and your powerful arm. And when they pray toward this Temple, then hear from heaven where you live, and grant what they ask of you. In this way, all the people of the earth will come to know and fear you, just as your own people Israel do. They, too, will know that this Temple I have built honours your name. “If your people go out where you send them to fight their enemies, and if they pray to you by turning toward this city you have chosen and toward this Temple I have built to honour your name, then hear their prayers from heaven and uphold their cause. “If they sin against you—and who has never sinned?—you might become angry with them and let their enemies conquer them and take them captive to a foreign land far away or near. But in that land of exile, they might turn to you in repentance and pray, ‘We have sinned, done evil, and acted wickedly.’ If they turn to you with their whole heart and soul in the land of their captivity and pray toward the land you gave to their ancestors—toward this city you have chosen, and toward this Temple I have built to honour your name— then hear their prayers and their petitions from heaven where you live, and uphold their cause. Forgive your people who have sinned against you.
Today I give thanks for David and his son Solomon. David impressed God so much that he made a covenant with him that one of his descendants will always sit on the throne of Israel. That descendant was Jesus. He who still sits in the throne of Israel, the throne that rules over God’s holy people as the king of all kings and Lord of all lords. Today I give thanks that both David and Solomon spoke prophetically of their descendant Jesus, and that their words have been recorded in the scriptures in the books of Kings, Chronicles and the Psalms. I thank God that he wrote about us all in the Bible so that we might see his enduring love for us leaping out across the centuries.
2 Chronicles 6:12-8:10, Romans 7:14-8:8, Psalms 18:1-15, Proverbs 19:24-25