The Temple of God

2 Chronicles 7

This chapter records three things of particular importance.

First, it records the coming of the presence of God to the Temple which David had planned and which Solomon built. This was like the coming of the glory of God to the wilderness tabernacle recorded in Exodus 40:34-35.

Next, it was the place where repentant Israel was to come to experience God’s renewed mercy and forgiveness.

Finally, its ruin would become and appalling witness to God’s departure from his people if they worshipped and served other gods.

There is no account of a similar coming of the glory of God on the second temple built by the exiles returning from Babylon. But God’s presence did in fact come to that Temple enhanced by Herod in Jerusalem when God, the Son came to that complex and to the people of God.

Though rejected by many, those who welcome Him become His temple (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16). It is we who believe in Him who are the location where His Spirit dwells

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)

Who Are the Truly Happy?

Matthew 5:1-12

Here is the Lord’s summary of those who are truly happy. Some observers may think the very opposite but these are they who look to God and in so looking are blessed indeed. There is a sharp contrast between the values of God’s Kingdom and those of our surrounding culture.