October 3, 2018

Okay so unless you are an architect, an engineer or a builder you probably yawned your way through the first ten verses of 1 Kings 6. But then comes verse 11, it is like on television where a voice cuts in to say, “We interrupt your regularly scheduled program for this emergency announcement.”

Some things take precedent over other things. If a tornado is heading your way than the announcement is more important than a television program. In the emergency room they might be attending to a person that cut his hand with a chain saw in one room and in another room they might be stitching up a cut on a toddler who fell and has a cut on her head, but all that will be interrupted if the ambulance roars in with multiple victims seriously injured in a car crash.

The building of the temple certainly was an important time for Solomon and the nation of Israel but God’s announcement was even more important. Let’s read the announcement:

1 Kings 6:11–13 (NLT) — 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 is saying, “Hey Solomon your people’s welfare depends on your personal holiness.” Solomon’s obedience to the Lord is the condition for the Lord’s presence to be among the people. The message is pretty clear. If you are to enjoy God’s promise and His presence you must live faithfully under God’s covenant or promise to David. How critical one man’s obedience will be and God must interrupt the construction to spell it out.

Verses 11-13 present a case of the-one-affects-the many. And that can be for good or for ill. As the Battle of Gettysburg was erupting on July 2, 1863 General G.K. Warren went to the crest of a knoll know as Little Round Top. This area remained undefended and General Warren of the Federal Army noticed that the Confederates were forming troops to take Little Round Top and outflank and destroy the left wing of the Union lines. He immediately sent for troops to hold Little Round Top. This one man’s actions saved a whole army from defeat.

Hitler’s actions on the other hand killed about 6 million Jews in the holocaust. The one does effect the many.

Adam’s sin plunged the whole world into sin. However Jesus’ actions forgave all those sins. The one does effect the many.

You see my faithfulness can bring blessing or ruin to many people. If I am faithful to the Lord I bring his blessing into my home, my workplace, my church or where ever I am. This might help explain why Paul said:

1 Corinthians 7:14 (NLT) — 14 For the believing wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the believing husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy.

Why Peter said this:

1 Peter 3:1–2 (NLT) — 1 In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good News, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over 2 by observing your pure and reverent lives.

Why God said this:

Genesis 18:32 (NLT) — 32 Finally, Abraham said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me if I speak one more time. Suppose only ten are found there?” And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.”

Why Robert Murray M’Cheyne, whose bible reading program we are doing and who was also a pastor said this:

“My people’s greatest need is my personal holiness.”

Think about it. Isn’t the greatest need in our homes, our church, our city, our state, our nation and our world today the personal holiness of God’s people. This interruption of the regularly scheduled programing 1 Kings 6 helps us to realize the responsibility we have towards God, ourselves and others to live a holy life.

Leviticus 19:2 (NLT) — 2 “Give the following instructions to the entire community of Israel. You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.

Deuteronomy 23:14 (NLT) — 14 The camp must be holy, for the Lord your God moves around in your camp to protect you and to defeat your enemies. He must not see any shameful thing among you, or he will turn away from you.

2 Chronicles 7:16 (NLT) — 16 For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy—a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.

We Christians are now the temple of God.

Romans 11:16 (NLT) — 16 And since Abraham and the other patriarchs were holy, their descendants will also be holy—just as the entire batch of dough is holy because the portion given as an offering is holy. For if the roots of the tree are holy, the branches will be, too.

1 Peter 1:15 (NLT) — 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

P.S. the insight into these verses I owe to Pastor Dale Ralph Davis.