The temple of God…

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2 Chronicles 3: These are Solomon’s measurements for building the house of God: the length, in cubits of the old standard, was sixty cubits, and the width twenty cubits. The vestibule in front of the nave of the house was twenty cubits long, across the width of the house; and its height was one hundred twenty cubits. He overlaid it on the inside with pure gold. The nave he lined with cypress, covered it with fine gold, and made palms and chains on it. He adorned the house with settings of precious stones. The gold was gold from Parvaim. So he lined the house with gold—its beams, its thresholds, its walls, and its doors; and he carved cherubim on the walls. 

As we read this chapter of 2 Chronicles (the passage above is only a few verses) we begin to get a sense of the majesty of the original temple in Jerusalem. It was a spectacular building to reflect the greatness of God. If you read this blog regularly you know this original building was destroyed shortly after Solomon died. It lasted all of one generation. The temple was rebuilt, but not with the same level and quality of resources. I realize Solomon could not have known his creation would be so short-lived.

Scripture has a lot to say about the accumulation of wealth or property. Such things are fleeting. Life with God lasts an eternity. I probably spend more time than I should dealing with “stuff” – buying it, selling it, maintaining it, and so on. What about you? Lord give us grace to calibrate this area of life in a way that honors you above all. Amen.

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