Archive for tag: The seven Temples of God

3. God will help you (1)

King Solomon was the one that built the first Temple to God. As we've seen last week, King David wanted to build the Temple to God, but God said no, Solomon will. So David started preparing for the building of the Temple. He helped Solomon by collecting a vast number of materials as we have seen last week.

God wanted Solomon to build Him a Temple. And Solomon was obedient and followed God's instructions and God was mightily with him. All the material was collected by his father David before he died, so there was no need to scramble to find material. Then the timber - cedar and cypress - was sent to Solomon without delay by King Hiram (1 Kings 5:7-9). There were no issues concerning that. The laborers working on the Temple were 183 600 people. There were 30 000 laborers enlisted in Israel, 70 000 common laborers, 80 000 stone cutters and 3 600 foremen (1 Kings 5:13-18). Can you imagine organizing, instructing and overseeing so many people without today's technology? It must have been a massive task. And yet there were no issues with that either. God was with them and helped with all the detail. He even sent skilled workers to help with the more difficult work of designing the furniture.

The Temple took 7 years to build. Seven is also a significant number in the Bible, symbolic of the full presence of the sevenfold Spirit of God and also relates to perfection. His Temple was perfect and filled with His Spirit as we will see next week.

The fact of the matter is, God orchestrated everything for the building of His Temple and helped that it ran smoothly. Solomon merely had to be willing to be used for this task. God in actual fact built the Temple, not Solomon himself.

The lesson for us today is that if God wants you to do something, He will help you. He won't leave you in the dark to fend for yourself. No, He will help you and guide you. All you need to do is to listen to His Voice and be obedient to His calling by being available to be used. Some resistance may come if you are flowing in His will, but He will help you through it. Just make sure that the resistance is because you are on the right path and not because you are on the wrong one.

The problem with us many times is that we don't make the time to listen and make sure what God wants us to do. We rush into things and think that we heard from Him, and when the resistance and closed doors come, we think it is the devil trying to hinder us. In the mean time we are not on the right path at all. So first of all make sure that you are on the right path, and when you are sure that you are, press forward with God by your side and do what He has placed in your heart. He will help you. Even if apparent success is not manifesting, press forward, the breakthrough will come.

I have experienced this with my books. I have had soooooo much resistance (I can write a whole book about it), and yet I know that I know that God wants me to continue. Even if apparent worldly success still evades, I know He wants me to share His Word to the world. And He makes it possible for me and shares His heart with me. What more can I want?

Continue with what He has placed in your heart. Move forward with His help en change your community right there where you are. He is trustworthy and will help you. He helped Solomon to build a glorious Temple, are you not worth more in value to Him?

Father thank you so much that You help us. We are so grateful. Help us to hear Your voice more clearly. Help us to be obedient once we do and to press forward, knowing that a heavenly reward awaits us. We love You and trust You to know best. Amen

2. Temple 1 - Continue doing good

As you all probably know, King Solomon built the first Temple for God. His father, King David desperately wanted to build the Temple for God, but God said no, he had shed too much blood in the process of securing the safety of Israel. God said he could help his son prepare for the Temple, but he wasn't going to built it. King David's heart was in the right place, and started to prepare for the Temple even though he knew he was never going to build it or see the end result. He collected all the gold, silver, bronze, iron and wood as well as great quantities of precious stones for the Temple. And at the end of his life he gave all of his own private treasures as well - 112 tons of gold and 262 tons of silver. David also encouraged the other leaders to do the same and they gave 188 tons of gold, 10 000 gold coins, 375 tons of silver, 675 tons of bronze, 3 750 tons of iron and numerous precious stones (1 Chron 29:2-8). And they gave it willingly and wholeheartedly to God (1 Chron 29:6, 9). King David laid the foundation for his son, and made it so easy for him to start.

And that is our lesson for today and one I had to learn many times over in my life. Sometimes we are only the ones laying the foundation for others to continue. Many times we won't even see the growth of the seeds we planted and never see the end result. This might discourage us. I know, because it has happened to me often. I have started many groups, that I had to leave before it really grew into a 'success' story. I have sent messages to people that I feel led to, never to hear from them again. I have prayed for people that I never again saw in my life. I have given money to people that I never knew what happened afterwards. I have given some of my books to people in hotels, trains etc, and I never know if it meant something to them or not, I just felt led to give it to them. And so I can go on and on. And then I get despondent sometimes feeling as if I do not make such a big difference, as I seldom see the end result. And then I feel like giving up and not follow the promptings of His Spirit as it sometimes feel as if it leads to nothing. But the Lord placed the following strongly on my heart:

"You don't need to see success, the end result of lives being changed, but I do. You are My hands and feet, reach out and do your part and I will take it further. Do not allow the devil to lie to you and tell you that your part do not make a difference, it does. You are integrally part of the process, part of the change that I want to see in this world. Embrace it and follow the prompting of My Spirit. Then you cannot go wrong. Never ever feel insignificant, never feel that what you are about to do won't make any difference, it will. I am with you and will lead you unto new paths and new opportunities. Do My will and make Me proud. You are just as important as the 'famous' one finishing off what you started."

I then knew without a doubt that we need to do our part. We need to prepare to build the 'temple'. Sometimes we will experience success and see the end result, but mostly we won't. Mostly we will never know what happened in the end. But that is when we need to trust in God, trust that He knows best. Who knows, maybe your kind action that day led someone to the Lord and he became a great missionary, changing thousands of lives. Maybe another person prayed to God for a sign that He cares and then you showed up and paid for their groceries. You might never know, but live with expectancy that all your actions make a big difference. Expect that God will use it for great things. Live with an expectation of good and never ever give up doing good! Don't ever become despondent. Instead be excited. Look forward to today and see all the opportunities that present itself to further the Kingdom of God. Go out and be His hands and feet and make a difference in this world.

Thank you Father that You have a plan for each of us. Thank you so much for all Your goodness and grace. Give us the courage and the sensitivity to listen to Your Spirit and to go out and make a difference in this world. You are so good and we are excited to be part of Your plan. Amen

 

1. The seven Temples of God

  1. I am very excited to announce that we are starting with a new series, entitled - The seven Temples of God.

This might interest you that there was and is going to be seven temples in total. Within the next couple of weeks we are going to discuss these seven temples in detail and see what we can learn from them.

First of all, let us start with the interesting facts of where the first and the second Temple were built.

You all know the Biblical event where Abraham was asked by God to sacrifice his only son Isaac. He was supposed to offer Isaac on Mt Moriah (Genesis 22:2). God was in fact only testing him, He would never have allowed Abraham to sacrifice his only son. God provided a ram in the nick of time and Abraham could make this offering to Him there on the altar he built to offer his son on.

A second Biblical event of significance is where King David took a census of the size of his army (1 Chronicles 21). It was a sin in God's eyes, as it meant that King David was depending more on the size of his army than on God helping them. God therefore gave King David a choice between three punishments, either three years of famine, three months of being given into the hands of his enemies or three days of punishment from God. King David chose the latter and God started to inflict the people with a plague. The plague only stopped three days later, but unfortunately with 70 000 casualties. When the Lord instructed the angel to restrain his hand, he stood by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.  Then the Lord commanded Gad to tell David to go and erect an altar to the Lord at this threshing floor of Ornan. So David went immediately and bought the threshing floor from Ornan for 600 shekels of gold. He built the altar and offered burnt and peace offerings to the Lord there. The Lord answered him with fire from heaven on the altar of burnt offerings. Then the Lord commanded the angel, and he returned his sword to its sheath and returned to heaven.

Now the reason I highlighted these two events is because this is exactly the same place that both these events took place. And also the place where the Temple was built:

"Now Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite." 2 Chronicles 3:1

Isn't that interesting? It is the same place where the patriarch of the Jewish family, Abraham made an offering and also the place where the Jews' greatest King, David also made an offering to the Lord.

And today we are part of their heritage. We are also children of Abraham in the faith (Galatians 3:7) and we are also descendants of King David, because of Jesus living within us and He was a direct descendant of King David.

What can we learn from them today? Both of them understood their dependency on God. They both knew that He was in charge, and they both followed His voice and offered burnt offerings to Him on an altar. Today we needn't make burnt offerings on altars anymore, because Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice for us and atoned for our sins. But in a sense we still have things to offer to God at the altar of His grace. We need to offer our future to Him, all our future plans should be placed in His hands. We need to offer of our time, we need to set aside all our ambitions and plans and give honour and glory to God Almighty. We should offer our family to Him as He knows best. We should offer our future to Him and place our lives in His hands. We need to have an eternal Temple perspective as we approach Him, our Holy God. We need to understand our dependence on God as Abraham and King David did. We need to internalize that He is in charge and that He knows best. We need to let go and let God as we learned last week.

Total dependency is what God wants. We will discuss His Temple furthermore in the coming weeks, but know the main aim of the Temple was that God wanted them to come to Him with everything and He wanted to live amongst them to bless them. And today the principle is the same. He wants us to come to Him with everything and allow Him to be God in our lives. Are you ready to give over today?

Father, we give over. We surrender. We want to offer You everything that is important in our lives. We want to offer our future to you and we want to offer our lives into Your wonderful capable hands. You are the God of more than enough, and we trust in You. We walk deliberately in Your footsteps. We love and praise You. Amen