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2 Chronicles 5:2-14

Today’s Reading is 2 Chronicles 5:2-14.
The dedication of Solomon’s temple is a huge production – a national convention: Then King Solomon summoned all the leaders of the tribes and clans of Israel to assemble in Jerusalem.

Here is what happened:
The Covenant Box and the Tent of the LORD’s presence were brought into the newly built temple.

Why?
Well, the Ark of the Covenant and the Tabernacle are representations of God’s presence. As such they are dangerous. You cannot let God run free. You better contain God in a nice secure building. God is as radioactive as the nuclear material in our power plants – better to be sealed off. People have always refused to allow God to be part of everyday life: Too big, too scary, too hard to be managed. Let’s put God in a nice holy place and we’ll go visit eventually – maybe Sabbath or Sunday or so.

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2 Chronicles 1:1-17

Today’s Reading is 2 Chronicles 1:1-17.
If you had one wish that God would grant you what would it be?
Solomon chose wisdom. But God didn’t stop just there: “And in addition, I will give you more wealth, treasure, and fame than any king has ever had before or will ever have again.”
That gives some perspective to a couple of new testament references that come to mind:
John 18:38 “And what is truth?” Pilate asked.
Matthew 6:31-33 So do not start worrying: “Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?” (These are the things the pagans are always concerned about.) Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things.
It has happened before! It will happen again!