1 Kings 5:5
5 And, behold, I purpose to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord spake unto David my father, saying, Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall build an house unto my name.
Solomon had a purpose, one handed him by David, and ordained by God. If the wording of God’s no to David was prophetic and intentional, then so must Solomon’s words here. He purposed to build a house unto the name of The Lord.
Every Christian knows how important Solomon’s temple was to the story of God and His Church. The temple was a type and shadow, both of God in flesh, and eventually, His Spirit in the hearts of believers. What I find interesting, is the meaning of the word house in Hebrew.
It’s a word with many definitions, one of which is family. House and family are my two favorites. Probably because, the merging of these two concepts is what defines a home to me.
A house can be grand. It can be large, and expensive, but a place to live, is much different than a home. What makes our house a home to me, is the person that I share it with.
Don’t get me wrong, I was single for thirty one years, and I loved my first house. It was great. I loved the freedom of the house. However, no matter how much I loved it, at the end of the day, it was a lonely place.
Once we were married, my Wife made our much smaller duplex a home. I wasn’t alone any more, it was no longer just a place to live. Solomon was building a house for God, but it was a reflection of something much more.
The Lord, who inhabited eternity, who invented it, and time, space, and any other item you can name, was building something. It was not that He needed us not to be alone. If that were the case, the angels could have filled the chasm.
Like myself, He was free. There was no limits to Him. He could do anything, but that in itself was not enough. God wanted more than someone to fill the house.
He wanted one of the most valuable things imaginable. He wanted a relationship with someone that desired a relationship with Him. I believe that The Lord sees His own purpose as creating and caring for mankind.
He never intended for us to fall. The Lord knew the danger of giving us free will, but for it to be a relationship, it must be birthed out of free will. There could be no substitute for a mutual commitment that makes up every meaningful relationship.
The Lord knew that when He shaped Adam and Eve. He knew that when He placed them in the garden, and warned them about the tree. It was His hope, that Eve would choose what was good, and not what would lead to death.
Christ knew, if she chose wrong, it would mean that He would give His life to save us. It wasn’t that He was forced to do so, only that He loved us too much not too.
She didn’t have to make the wrong choice, but she did. Once that happened, there was no debate, no doubt. We know that God, who cannot lie, created the world, prepared to die for us if necessary. Once it happened, He verbalized that commitment to Calvary as early as Genesis 3:15.
The Lord Jesus knew that saying Let there be light, could lead to the very voices which cried out for His crucifixion. He knew the danger, but The Lord thought us worth the cost. Oh what a love Divine!
God, who can do all things, chose to make us His purpose. What then is the purpose of the Church? I believe it is simply, to choose to commit to a loving relationship with a loving God.
Pursuit of this relationship caused God to create everything, including the body He would suffer and die in, to meet us. When we repent of our sins, we are choosing to forsake everything else to become part of the family of God. We are choosing a relationship with Him over all else, and make no mistake, it is so worth it!
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Whatever we as Christians face, no matter how massive, will not compare to the glory that will one day be revealed. On that subject, and I’ve stated it before, we do God an injustice when we make a particular, very true statement, minus an explanation.
We correctly say, all is for The Glory of God, but we don’t clarify what that truly means. God is not an egotist, He doesn’t have to be worshipped out of some need for adoration. We adore Him, we glorify Him, we worship Him, but it’s not to fill a void in the heart of God.
There was a void in the heart of God, and that was the fact that we were lost in sin. The only way to fill that void, was to rescue us. Hebrews states the joy of seeing us redeemed was what caused Him to endure the shame of the cross.
We glorify Him, but His glory does the one thing that no other glory does. It transforms, not The One being worshipped, but those who are worshipping. It’s not the act of receiving worship He takes the primary pleasure in, but the transformation that takes place in the act of worship.
2 Corinthians 3:18
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
The Bible says we are transformed into His image from glory to glory. God doesn’t seek glory to magnify Him. When we glorify HIm, He transforms us.
Once the temple of Solomon was completed, God’s Presence filled the temple. So much so, that the Priests were unable to minister in the temple. God has a work for us to do, but He will always work harder than He ever asks us to work.
His goal was to love us, and our goal should be to love Him back. The Church is the Spiritual Manifestation of Solomon’s Temple. Just as the Tabernacle Of David was a type and shadow of Christ in the flesh. One produced the other, because there was a David, there was a Solomon.
David’s Tabernacle led to Solomon’s Temple. David means beloved, and Solomon means Peace. Had there have not a God who loved us, we would have never been created. Had He not loved us enough to walk in flesh, and die for us, we would have never experienced peace.
We, the Church was His plan, and a relationship with Him is our purpose. The Lord Jesus loves us enough to focus on us. How much more should we love Him, and focus on Him?
The family of God. Everything hinges on the relationship between Him and us. If you agree with me, that this is the purpose of the Church, then we have a work to do.
First, spending more time with God. Second, spend more time introducing others to His love. On Friday, we’ll talk about fulfilling our purpose, and how to accomplish those two things.