(Summary of the sermon:01 Nov 2015)
…and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.
2 Chronicles 5:14
The above verse describes what happens when King Solomon dedicated the newly built temple of God. God’s glory or His Shekinah filled the temple. God’s glory or ‘Shekinah’ literally means ‘the presence of God’.
Isn’t that an incredible, awe-inspiring experience? But let’s backtrack a bit. Three things happened before God’s glory came down.
When all the work Solomon had done for the temple of the Lord was finished, he brought in the things his father David had dedicated—the silver and gold and all the furnishings—and he placed them in the treasuries of God’s temple.
2 Chronicles 5:1
In building the temple, only blocks dressed at the quarry were used, and no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool was heard at the temple site while it was being built.
1 Kings 6:7
The work of the Temple was completed. The construction was done in such a careful manner that even the stones were shaped elsewhere and brought to the site later to be fitted together. In fact, closer home in Agra, a building in Dayal Bagh is being constructed in a similar fashion.
Similar is God’s deep work in our lives. He is changing us so that when we come to the House of God, we can be fitted together. The Holy Spirit is doing this amazing work in our hearts constantly. 2 Corinthians 10:6 says, ‘And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete’. When our obedience is completed, God will take revenge on all the disobedience outside. Often it is our disobedience that keeps the work from being completed. But when we obey Him He will bring His glory in our churches.
The priests then withdrew from the Holy Place. All the priests who were there had consecrated themselves, regardless of their divisions.
2 Chronicles 5:11
Regardless of their ranks, all the priests starting from the High Priest to the Levites withdrew from the Holy Place. They sanctified themselves. Similarly, at another occasion God told Joshua and the Israelites to sanctify themselves and that He would do wonders for them the next day. When they obeyed, the very next day God defeated the city of Ai for them. But when they sinned, God said that He would not be in their camp.
Do we have any sin in our lives and in our churches? If yes, then we can be certain that God will not be in our midst. Let’s obey Jesus and pray that God would sanctify us by the Word of His truth so that our house will be called the House of Prayer. Our church is the place where many people will surrender their lives to God. Let us sanctify ourselves and build an altar unto Him.
All the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives—stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets.
2 Chronicles 5:12
All of Israel stood together and with one voice worshipped Yahweh! Let us lift up our voices and worship Jesus Christ. Worship is not a performance for the stage. It is a lifestyle.
Certainly when these three things happen, the glory of God will fill our Church. Like Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14 that when an unbeliever comes into our midst he will say, ‘Surely God is in this place’. Let us pray that God would wash us by His Word and prepare us for His coming. He is coming for a pure, holy and beautiful bride. Let us obey His voice and prepare ourselves to be that pure and beautiful bride that God expects us to be.
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