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August 27, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Jeremiah 51-52
Audio: Jeremiah 51-52

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2 Chronicles 5 (ESV)

Thus all the work that Solomon did for the house of the Lord was finished. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, and stored the silver, the gold, and all the vessels in the treasuries of the house of God.

Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ houses of the people of Israel, in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion. And all the men of Israel assembled before the king at the feast that is in the seventh month.And all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark. And they brought up the ark, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the tent; the Levitical priests brought them up. And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, who had assembled before him, were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered.Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the Most Holy Place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. The cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim made a covering above the ark and its poles. And the poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the Holy Place before the inner sanctuary, but they could not be seen from outside. And they are there to this day.10 There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets that Moses put there at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the people of Israel, when they came out of Egypt. 11 And when the priests came out of the Holy Place (for all the priests who were present had consecrated themselves, without regard to their divisions,12 and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, their sons and kinsmen, arrayed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and lyres, stood east of the altar with 120 priests who were trumpeters; 13 and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord,

“For he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever,”

the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.

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  1. Means To An End

    Even though it took seven years to build the temple (1 Kings 6:38); and he didn't start building it until the second month of the fourth year of his reign (2 Chronicles 3:2), these 11+ years of work is simply a means to and end. What is the focus of the story? God's glory!

    2 Chronicles 5:14 says "the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God."

    As Christians, we are God's temple. But just like the physical temple Solomon built, we are not the focus . . . God's glory is. Even our salvation is not about us; it's about God. We are a means to an end. That doesn't mean we are insignificant. We are actually precious in God's sight and made in His likeness and image. But we are not even the focus of our own story. God is –  specifically His glory. 

    In answering the question “What is the chief end of man?”, the Westminster Shorter Catechism says it's to "glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” If we apply the same question to God and ask, "What is the chief and of God", the answer would be to glorify and enjoy Himself forever. 

    Isaiah 43:7 says that God created us for His glory. Everything God does is for His own glory and enjoyment.

    Earlier today I was reading “Knowing The Times,” a series of addresses from D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. In the chapter titled “Presentation of the Gospel” he said, “The chief object of [preaching the gospel] is to glorify God. That is the central thing. That is the object that must control and override every other object. The first object of preaching the gospel is not to save souls; it is to glorify God. Nothing else, however good in itself, or however noble, must be allowed to usurp that first place.”

  2. The more I get to know who God is, the more amazed I am at how much I didn't know Him before. 

    Learning all of this has been amazing for me, and I can feel how changed I truly am. My perspective is completely different than before; I have hope, love, joy and peace, and I do want to give all the glory to God, my Father. 

     

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