Impact Devotional ~ Day Three

Martha Fry

 1 Kings 6:1-13

It was in midspring, in the month of Ziv, during the fourth year of Solomon’s reign, that he began to construct the Temple of the Lord. This was 480 years after the people of Israel were rescued from their slavery in the land of Egypt.2 The Temple that King Solomon built for the Lord was 90 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 45 feet high.3 The entry room at the front of the Temple was 30 feet[ wide, running across the entire width of the Temple. It projected outward 15 feetfrom the front of the Temple. 4 Solomon also made narrow recessed windows throughout the Temple.5 He built a complex of rooms against the outer walls of the Temple, all the way around the sides and rear of the building. 6 The complex was three stories high, the bottom floor being 7 1⁄2 feet wide, the second floor 9 feet wide, and the top floor 10 1⁄2 feet wide.The rooms were connected to the walls of the Temple by beams resting on ledges built out from the wall. So the beams were not inserted into the walls themselves.7 The stones used in the construction of the Temple were finished at the quarry, so there was no sound of hammer, ax, or any other iron tool at the building site.8 The entrance to the bottom floorwas on the south side of the Temple. There were winding stairs going up to the second floor, and another flight of stairs between the second and third floors. 9 After completing the Temple structure, Solomon put in a ceiling made of cedar beams and planks. 10 As already stated, he built a complex of rooms on three sides of the building, attached to the Temple walls by cedar timbers. Each story of the complex was 7 1⁄2 feet high. 11 Then the Lord gave this message to Solomon: 12 Concerning this Temple you are building, if you keep all my decrees and regulations and obey all my commands, I will fulfill through you the promise I made to your father, David. 13 I will live among the Israelites and will never abandon my people Israel.

 I am always in awe of how detailed and beautiful God’s temple was.  In Exodus 35-40 you get the details God had for the first temple and now in 1 Kings 6,  Solomon is building a Temple for the Lord.The details are amazing, and I think it is interesting that God is all about the details.

It was a beautiful building that was built on the highest point in Jerusalem. It was also built on the mountain where Abraham was asked to sacrifice Issac and then God provided a ram.   It made the statement that God is the one true God.   You could see if from far distances, like a lighthouse, leading and guiding people and giving them hope. People traveled from all over the world to go to the temple. Some traveled 3 times a years while others tried to make it once in their life.

I think that is what C3 Church is.   A beautiful building that displays God’s greatness.  It makes the statement to our community that God is here.  It is a beacon of hope for the hopeless.   We want C3 church to be a place where ALL are welcome.

Look again at this verse: 11 Then the Lord gave this message to Solomon: 12 Concerning this Temple you are building, if you keep all my decrees and regulations and obey all my commands, I will fulfill through you the promise I made to your father, David. 13 I will live among the Israelites and will never abandon my people Israel.

God was concerned about the details of the building, BUT He was more concerned about the hearts of the people.   God wants us to live a life of obedience to Him.  To keep all that His Word tells us to do.   And if we live a life that obeys the Lord He will never leave us.  He will always be giving fresh vision for C3 throughout the generations.

We want to always be working to keep God’s House in the best shape possible, but more importantly we want people who follow Him wholeheartedly in obedience.

You can do this by yourself or with your family: Have everybody share what is their favorite room in C3 Church?  Then ask the question how has your life been different since coming to C3 Church?  Lastly, what is something God is asking you to step out in obedience and do?

Prayer:

God, thank you for Your House.  A place where we can gather together and worship you with other people.  Thank you that Your house is a place of hope in our community.  We praise you that you not only meet us at Your House, but You are always with us, You never leave us or forsake us.  Show me today how you want me to walk in obedience to Your Word.   God I ask that C3 Church  would lift high the cross of Jesus until the end of time, and that as we follow in obedience it would effect generations in our family line until the end of time.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen