The more trouble we have seeing Jesus, the more we wander into foolish thinking. The consequences are devastating: sinful patterns of self-indulgence, angry conflicts with other people, and bitter thoughts about ourselves as well as others. If these are some of the struggles that we have – habitual sin, broken relationships, self-loathing – then we must not be seeing the love of Jesus the way that God wants us to see it.
– Phil Ryken in Loving Jesus More
We face tribulation – pressure
We may know some poverty
From the mouths of others – slander
Suffering may come daily
But do not fear, Trust in Jesus
Be faithful to Him each day
In tri-als consider Jesus
First and Last, died now risen
Knows our troubles, He is with us
Gives His riches, works His plan
A crown of life, No second death,
Focus on the joyful goal
To the tune of “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending”
Jesus is worth dying for. And if he is worth dying for, then he is worth living for.
– James M. Hamilton, Jr. on Revelation 2:8-11 in Revelation (PTW)
Solomon dedicates the temple for the Lord. Note:
- The Glory of the Lord – After Solomon moves the ark into the temple, the glory of the Lord fills the temple – just as it filled the tabernacle earlier. Yet the temple can’t contain God, for God is greater. Ponder the glory of the Lord and praise him!
- Prayer – Solomon prays that God would hear the peoples’ prayers and forgive their sins that the people of the earth would know that the Lord is the one true God. What do you need to pray about? What sins do you need to confess? Are you seeking to spread the name of the Lord?
The more we become like Christ, the more we can expect persecution. The world can admire goodness, but it cannot stand godliness.
– Joel Beeke on Revelation 2:8-11 in Revelation
Solomon builds the temple for the Lord. Note:
- God’s Presence – God chooses to dwell in the temple Solomon built (6:13). He chooses to dwell among the people of Israel. Today the church is God’s temple, and he dwells among us. What a privilege we have! What a responsibility!
- Obedience – Part of that responsibility is to walk in the ways of the Lord and obey his commands (6:12). Are you taking that responsibility seriously?
To love Christ more is the deepest need, the constant cry of my soul…. Out in the woods and on my bed and out driving, when I am happy and busy, and when I am sad and idle, the whisper keeps going up for more love, more love, more love!
– Elizabeth Payson Prentiss
(6-7) The Picture: How would you describe the temple building and its furnishings? What is it supposed to convey about God?
(6, 9) The Promise: What promise does God make to Solomon regarding the temple in 6:11-13 and 9:4-9? How do we see this play out in later history?
(8) The Presence: What happens after the ark is brought into the temple (v10-11)? What does this tell us about God?
Where does God dwell according to v13, 27, & 30? What twin truths does this tell us about God? How should we respond?
(8) The Prayer: What is the repeated request in Solomon’s prayer (v28-53)?
What does this prayer tell us about our nature and our need?
Describe the interplay between God and people as it relates to our hearts (v39-40, 57-58, 61). How should we respond?
(8) The Purpose: What is one important purpose of the temple (v43, 60)? How well did Israel fulfill this purpose? How well do we?
(6, 8) The Preview: How does 8:19 point forward to Jesus and a greater temple (see Ephesians 2:19-22)?
How do 6:11-22 preview a final temple in Revelation 21?