"Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of the LORD was finished: and Solomon brought in all the things that David his father had dedicated; and the silver, and the gold, and all the instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God. Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion. Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the feast which was in the seventh month. And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the ark. And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, these did the priests and the Levites bring up. Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude. And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, to the oracle of the house, into the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims: For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above. And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without. And there it is unto this day. There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt"
(2 Chronicles 5:1-10)
(2 Chronicles 5:1-10)
Today's Morsel: When King Solomon assumed the kingship from his father David, he desired to build a house for the Lord as his father David had instructed him. And we see that once the temple was built, they were commanded to bring in the Ark of the Lord and put it in its place. And scripture says, "There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt." But wait. God had instructed Moses to put three things in the Ark for a memorial and witness. Aaron's Rod that budded, The Pot of Manna, and the Table of Stones. But now we see that from Moses' leadership to Solomon's leadership, two of the item are missing; Aaron's Rod and the Pot of Manna. Aaron's Rod represents the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25), and the Pot of Manna represents the Bread of Life (John 6:35). But once the Temple was built, which temple you are, all one now needed was the Word of Life (1 John 1:1); which was represented by the Table of Stone. Paul told Timothy to preach the word (2 Timothy 3:1-2). If the church preaches Jesus, all bases are covered and nothing is missing.
Sing: I believe in a hill called Mount Calvary, I'll believe whatever the cost; and when time has surrendered and earth is no more, I'll still cling to that old rugged cross.
Thought for Today: "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away" (Mark 13:31).