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1 Kings 7:1-50 ~ Acts 7:30-50
Psalm 128:1-6 ~ Proverbs 16:31-33
Old Testament - Today we read about the building of King Solomon's Palace!
Whoops. My mistake. I guess this photo above is of the modern-day "King Solomon's Palace" Hotel in Eliat, Israel. :) I suppose Solomon did not actually build this hotel palace with a "Water slide 48 meters long. Floodlit tennis courts, table tennis".... :) but it is thought that Solomon may have actually built this one:
Interesting note in Tyndale's One Year Bible Companion on the Sea discussed in verse 23 - "Then Huram cast a large round tank, 15 feet across from rim to rim; it was called the Sea. It was 7 1/2 feet deep and about 45 feet in circumference." Apparently the sea was a huge tank that could hold approximately 12,000 gallons of water. It was used by the priests for their ceremonial washings. Impressive structure per the image below!
New Testament - Stephen's great sermon to the temple council continues today! Great timing on his sermonizing in verses 46 through 50 related to the Temple Solomon built - ""David found favor with God and asked for the privilege of building a permanent Temple for the God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who actually built it. However, the Most High doesn't live in temples made by human hands. As the prophet says, `Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.
Could you ever build me a temple as good as that?' asks the Lord.
`Could you build a dwelling place for me? Didn't I make everything in heaven and earth?'" The last 2 verses came from Isaiah chapter 66 verses 1 & 2 (as the prophet says..) Indeed it is true! We do not need a temple for God today. God does not live in a temple built by human hands. I have heard it said before - "If you are in relationship with God through his son Jesus, you are God's temple." Do you believe this is true? Do you believe that your body is a temple that God can live in?
A great look at the characteristics of Stephen's sermon today is at Bible.org at this link.
Psalms - Psalm 128 verse 1 stands out today: "How happy are those who fear the LORD-- all who follow his ways!" Do you think it is possible to be happy and to fear God at the same time? Do you believe a healthy fear of God is, well, healthy? Why would we fear God - God who loves us immensely? What is this Psalmist saying to us today in our lives?
Proverbs - I love Proverbs 16 verse 31 today! "Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life." Let us pray that we all get gray hair - and be thankful for it! Don't dye it away. It is a crown of glory!
Comments from You & Questions of the Day: Per Psalm 128:1 today, what are some ways that you are literally "fearing the Lord" in your life today? Do you agree with the Psalmist that those who fear the Lord are happy? Why or why not? Have you gone through periods of your life where you did not fear the Lord? Were you happy then? Also, what verses or insights stand out to you in today's readings? Please post up by clicking on the "Comments" link below!