Bible in 365 Days – Day 143

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Focus Chapters:

  • 1 Kings 8:1-11
  • 2 Chronicles 5
  • 1 Kings 8:12-21
  • 2 Chronicles 6:1-11
  • 1 Kings 8:22-53
  • 2 Chronicles 6:12-42

 

Standout Verse(s):

2 Chronicles 5:11 NLT

Then the priests left the Holy Place. All the priests who were present had purified themselves, whether or not they were on duty that day. And the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and all their sons and brothers—were dressed in fine linen robes and stood at the east side of the altar playing cymbals, lyres, and harps. They were joined by 120 priests who were playing trumpets. The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the Lord with these words:

“He is good!
His faithful love endures forever!”

At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of the Lord. The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple of God.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Whether they were on duty of not, the priests ensures that they were sanctified, worthy to appear before God.

    All the priests who were present had purified themselves, whether or not they were on duty that day.

  2. All the Levites who had a role to play in the proceedings played it in unison and to the best of their abilities. Together, they prepared an atmosphere that was worthy of the King.

     And the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and all their sons and brothers—were dressed in fine linen robes and stood at the east side of the altar playing cymbals, lyres, and harps. They were joined by 120 priests who were playing trumpets. The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the Lord.

  3. When the atmosphere was right, God’s presence descended upon the Temple, the place reserved for Him.

    At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of the Lord. The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple of God.

     

Application:

We don’t treat our earthly leaders like ordinary citizens. We put forward our best. We reserve a specific place for them. We ensure our behaviour and appearances are circumspect. We adhere to protocols and afford our dignitaries all the respect that their offices deserve. This includes doing our best in whichever roles we are assigned to play in any dignitary-related proceedings. We should afford God, Our Ultimate Dignitary, similar courtesies.

At the opening of the Temple, all the priests sanctified themselves, making themselves physically and morally worthy to appear before the King. All the musicians who had a role in the proceedings played their part joyously, on one accord. They created an atmosphere that was worthy of Our King. And when His people showed their respect for Him and honoured Him, the Lord came among them. He descended upon the Temple, the place set apart for Him, in the form of a cloud.

Does God have a specific place in your life? Do you appear before God without any thoughts of your moral or physical appearance? When it comes to playing your role, do you do it to the best of your ability? Are you on time? Do you play your role with a joyous heart, creating an atmosphere worthy of Our King. When we show God, the Ultimate Dignitary, all the courtesies that He deserves, He will descend among us.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 142

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Focus Chapters:

  • 1 Kings 7
  • 2 Chronicles 3:15-17
  • 2 Chronicles 4

 

Standout Verse(s):

1 Kings 6:37-38, 7:1 NLT

The foundation of the Lord’s Temple was laid in midspring, in the month of Ziv,during the fourth year of Solomon’s reign. The entire building was completed in every detail by midautumn, in the month of Bul, during the eleventh year of his reign. So it took seven years to build the Temple.

Solomon also built a palace for himself, and it took him thirteen years to complete the construction.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Solomon started the work on God’s Temple first before building his palace.

    The foundation of the Lord’s Temple was laid in midspring, in the month of Ziv,during the fourth year of Solomon’s reign. Solomon also built a palace for himself, and it took him thirteen years to complete the construction.

     

Application:

Persons prioritize what is important to them. The problem occurs when Christians continually put personal matters ahead of godly matters; only handling God’s business with the remainder (if any) of their time, energy and resources.

Solomon, a young nation ruler and king, demonstrated that he valued the Lord and the Lord’s matters. He chose to finish God’s critically assigned work over immediately establishing his palace, a majestic symbol of Solomon’s physical status. Solomon prioritized the building and establishment of the symbol of God’s presence in his and his people’s lives. In due season, the palace, the symbol of his status was also built.

Despite the rigours of our daily lives, God wants to assign us missions that establish His presence and benefit His people. Can God trust you to prioritize the matters concerning Him? Will you make Him a priority?


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 124

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Focus Chapters:

  • 1 Chronicles 26-28

 

Standout Verse(s):

1 Chronicles 28:11-19 NLT

Then David gave Solomon the plans for the Temple and its surroundings, including the entry room, the storerooms, the upstairs rooms, the inner rooms, and the inner sanctuary—which was the place of atonement. David also gave Solomon all the plans he had in mind for the courtyards of the Lord’s Temple, the outside rooms, the treasuries, and the rooms for the gifts dedicated to the Lord. The king also gave Solomon the instructions concerning the work of the various divisions of priests and Levites in the Temple of the Lord. And he gave specifications for the items in the Temple that were to be used for worship.

David gave instructions regarding how much gold and silver should be used to make the items needed for service. He told Solomon the amount of gold needed for the gold lampstands and lamps, and the amount of silver for the silver lampstands and lamps, depending on how each would be used. He designated the amount of gold for the table on which the Bread of the Presence would be placed and the amount of silver for other tables.

David also designated the amount of gold for the solid gold meat hooks used to handle the sacrificial meat and for the basins, pitchers, and dishes, as well as the amount of silver for every dish. He designated the amount of refined gold for the altar of incense. Finally, he gave him a plan for the Lord’s “chariot”—the gold cherubim whose wings were stretched out over the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant. “Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was given to me in writing from the hand of the Lord.

 

Observation (s):

  1. God was explicit with His instructions regarding the Temple. He provided David with a plan.

    “Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was given to me in writing from the hand of the Lord.

     

Application:

In project management, emphasis is placed on ensuring that the scope of work is thoroughly defined and understood by the persons who will be carrying out the work. Explicit definition of requirements helps to ensure that all stakeholder expectations are met and quality work is delivered. In fact, the project is not considered completed or a success until the requirements have been satisfactorily delivered.

God is the model stakeholder! He ensures that his expectations are clearly defined, leaving no room for guessing in matters concerning Him. As such, David was able to be quite clear about the specifications that were expected for the Temple, handing Solomon the plan that was provided to him about the layout and resources that would be needed to build the Temple and make it functional and operational.

Are you on a God-designated mission but feeling lost? Talk a moment and talk to Him. God does not leave room for guesswork in matters concerning Him. He tends to be quite specific.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 122

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Focus Chapters:

  • 2 Samuel 24:1-9
  • 1 Chronicles 21:1-6
  • 2 Samuel 24:10-17
  • 1 Chronicles 21:7-17
  • 2 Samuel 24:18-25
  • 1 Chronicles 21:18-30
  • 1 Chronicles 22

 

Standout Verse(s):

1 Chronicles 21:1-5, 7, 14 NLT

Satan rose up against Israel and caused David to take a census of the people of Israel. So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, “Take a census of all the people of Israel—from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north—and bring me a report so I may know how many there are.”

But Joab replied, “May the Lord increase the number of his people a hundred times over! But why, my lord the king, do you want to do this? Are they not all your servants? Why must you cause Israel to sin?”

But the king insisted that they take the census, so Joab traveled throughout all Israel to count the people. Then he returned to Jerusalem and reported the number of people to David. There were 1,100,000 warriors in all Israel who could handle a sword, and 470,000 in Judah.

God was very displeased with the census, and he punished Israel for it.

 So the Lord sent a plague upon Israel, and 70,000 people died as a result.

 

1 Chronicles 22:1-5, 18 NLT

Then David said, “This will be the location for the Temple of the LordGod and the place of the altar for Israel’s burnt offerings!”

So David gave orders to call together the foreigners living in Israel, and he assigned them the task of preparing finished stone for building the Temple of God. David provided large amounts of iron for the nails that would be needed for the doors in the gates and for the clamps, and he gave more bronze than could be weighed. He also provided innumerable cedar logs, for the men of Tyre and Sidon had brought vast amounts of cedar to David.

David said, “My son Solomon is still young and inexperienced. And since the Temple to be built for the Lord must be a magnificent structure, famous and glorious throughout the world, I will begin making preparations for it now.” So David collected vast amounts of building materials before his death.

“The Lord your God is with you,” he declared. “He has given you peace with the surrounding nations. He has handed them over to me, and they are now subject to the Lord and his people.

Observation (s):

  1. David triggered a census that did not receive God’s seal of approval.

    So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, “Take a census of all the people of Israel—from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north—and bring me a report so I may know how many there are.”

    God was very displeased with the census, and he punished Israel for it.

  2. David made preparations to build the Temple of the Lord. To show His approval, God gave Israel a season of peace.

    David said, “My son Solomon is still young and inexperienced. And since the Temple to be built for the Lord must be a magnificent structure, famous and glorious throughout the world, I will begin making preparations for it now.” So David collected vast amounts of building materials before his death.

    “The Lord your God is with you,” he declared. “He has given you peace with the surrounding nations. He has handed them over to me, and they are now subject to the Lord and his people.

     

Application:

“If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail” is a common phrase that has graced the front or back pages of examination booklets. It is true! Preparation is a necessary tool to reduce the risk of failure. However, a more critical tool is God’s stamp of approval on the intent behind our preparation activities.

While the intent behind the census is unclear, David triggered a census and roused God’s anger! Whatever David was making preparations for caused Israel to sin, as Joab had predicted. Eventually, the intent behind his preparations cost 70,000 Israelites their lives!

In another season, David begun preparations for building the Temple of God. Although he could have no part in building, he ensured that his young and inexperienced son, Solomon, would have all the materials he needed to make a magnificent memorial. God, in giving His stamp of approval, gave the Israelites a season of peace to carry out their preparations and execution.

What great plan or event are you preparing for? Ensure you have God’s stamp of approval. Preparation reduces the risk of failure but God’s stamp of approval guarantees success.


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