Reading through the Bible together
Can you imagine being a worker in Solomon’s huge project to build God’s temple? Huge molds are made from clay down in the plain of Jordan. So much molten bronze is poured that they lose track of the weight of it all.
It’s a long ways from the plain of Jordan up the steep mountains to Jerusalem and the temple site. With sweat, sore muscles, and perseverance, slowly the finished products are gathered. There is a towering bronze altar for sacrifices, ten lavers to wash in, ten lampstands to shine continually, ten solid tables for shewbread, and a hundred bowls of gold. Besides all this, there are pots, shovels, forks, trimmers, censers, and ornate flowers. It appears that for Solomon, nothing is too good, too much for God.
How about us? We don’t have to build a glorious temple as a place of worship, but we do have to prepare our hearts for worship. How do you prepare? Solomon’s father, David, made it this clear: “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully” (Psalm 24:3-4).
Jesus added, “If you bring your gift to the altar…first be reconciled to your brother” (Matthew 5:23-24). Perhaps you and I should prepare for our next Sabbath’s worship by seeking Him today for a new heart of solid gold.
Pastor Scott Griswold