A House for the Lord’s Name

From Lynda Lindsey  

Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of the Lord my God and dedicate it to Him for the burning of incense, of sweet spices before Him, and for the regular arrangement of the showbread... II Chronicles 2:4(a)

But who is able to build Him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain Him? Who am I to build a house for Him, except as a place to make offerings before Him? II Chronicles 2:6

But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You; how much less this house that I have built! Yet have regard to the prayer of your servant and to his plea...that Your eyes may be open night and day toward this house, the place of which You have said, “My name shall be there, that You may listen to the prayer that your servant offers toward this place.” ... “And listen in heaven Your dwelling place, and when You hear, forgive.”  I Kings 8:27-30

King Solomon, a man of discretion and understanding, wise and knowledgable, knew God couldn’t be contained inside a building nor confined to a particular place, not even highest heaven, yet Solomon purposed to build a house for the Lord’s name. The temple was to be a place dedicated to God for burning sweet spices and incense before Him, a place to draw near to God in prayer, worship and adoration, a place for the Israelites to experience God’s invisible presence dwelling among them. God had a special presence in the temple but wasn’t restricted to the temple.

God is. God always has been. God always will be. There is not, nor ever will be, a time or place where God is not. God alone is holy. God alone is worthy of honor and praise, There is no one like God. God, who neither slumbers nor sleeps, is always present with us; God is always for us. He was with the Israelites in the wilderness cloud; His cloud of glory filled the temple at its completion. God keeps His watchful eyes on His people night and day; His ears are always inclined to our cries. Sinful man needs forgiveness from a holy God, and God graciously provided for our need.

No longer is the way of forgiveness through the blood of bulls and goats; Jesus’ shed blood atones for our sins and gives us access to holy God. The temple, to the Israelites, represented a place of permanence and security; Jesus is our permanence, our security. The temple was built in Israel during a time of peace and rest; Jesus, the Prince of Peace, is our peace and rest. God dwells among us and resides within us! God is building up a people, a church, by His Holy Spirit, and nothing, not even the gates of hell can batter down God’s holy dwelling. Arise, let us build together!