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June 5, 2019

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Read 2 Chronicles 4

 

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Scripture- 2 Chronicles 4:11- Huram-abi also made the necessary washbasins, shovels, and bowls. So at last Huram-abi completed everything King Solomon had assigned him to make for the Temple of God.


Observations- Solomon and all of the craftsmen involved in the making the items for use in the Temple for the worship of God followed the details from God very carefully. That, of course, didn't mean that the artists didn't bring their best skill and creativity to the task. They wanted form and function, for the beauty of the crafted items would help the people be grasped by the awe of God. 

 

Application- As we seek to honor God and serve Him, we want to bring our very best and most creative and joyful efforts to the table. Doing a "new thing" with God through Jesus' church isn't an indictment of what the church did in the past; rather it acknowledges that changes in each successive generation to reach people with the Good News is necessary. The message of truth and grace doesn't change, but the way we share it will.  

 

Prayer- Lord, thank You for the example of faithfulness and attention to detail found here in Your Word. Work in and through us at New Hope to do fresh, new ministry and mission that honors You and keeps pointing people to a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ. We belong to You! Amen.

 

"That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, 'I have made you the father of many nations.' This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing." (Romans 4:17),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

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June 4, 2019

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re- 2 Chronicles 3:2- The construction began in midspring, during the fourth year of Solomon’s reign.

Observations- This chapter outlines many of the details of the construction process of the Temple. What I was struck by as I read through these details was that Solomon waited over three years to start the construction. That means that in spite of all of the advance preparation that David had done there had still been much work for Solomon and his team to accomplish before shifting to the actual building phase.
 
Application- One of my spiritual gifts is not patience. Patience is, however, listed among the non-optional fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 that serves as a biblical report card on our spiritual growth. Many people patiently engaged in painstaking preparations over many years to do something beautiful for God and the people He loved so much in the construction of the Temple. Time takes time. What beautiful thing does God want to do in and through You that must take time?
 
Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You for the numerous renovations and construction processes at New Hope. They are- to be sure- each a challenge that strains our resources and patience. Help us grow through even these processes. Help us grow spiritually no matter how much time it takes for Your truth and grace to make their rightful claim on our hearts, minds, mouths, and hands as we seek to love and serve You in Jesus' name. Amen.
 
"You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God." (1 Peter 2:4-5),
 
Pastor Jamie
 
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