THE STORY OF JESUS: 2 Chronicles 5-7
“May you hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place.” (2 Chronicles 6:20)
Solomon knows that God cannot be bound by a man-made temple.
But he still asks God to tie Himself to the temple.
When people look to the temple for help, may God hear and respond.
For Solomon, the people need a physical, visible symbol to relate to.
Originally, God intended to be physical and visible among us, with us.
Recall how God comes to walk in the garden with Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:7).
God willingly reduces Himself to experience life with us.
But sinful rebellion has ruined our direct fellowship with God.
Now we can’t see God, relate to God, or even properly understand God.
God in grace still reduces Himself to rebuild our broken fellowship.
This temple is one such reduction; God ties Himself to this temple.
But the temple is a building, not a person; God wants a personal relationship.
God becomes human again, this time to rescue of from our sin-cursed misery.
Now as Jesus followers, we pray to Jesus, not the temple… and God hears!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, You are the personal heart and face of God, stooping to my weakness to set me back on my feet. I look to You, I pray to You, and I know that You hear me!