A Tall Order

The Scripture reading for today is 1 Kings 4 – 6…

“And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying, ‘Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in My statutes, and execute My judgments, and keep all My commandments to walk in them; then will I perform My word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father: and I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel.'” 1 Kings 6:11-13 (KJB)

In our text Solomon and the people were in a large building campaign of building the Temple which had been in King David’s heart to build.  It was not a commandment from God. You see nowhere where David or Solomon are given the design of it from God.  It was David’s design.  God allows its building because it was in David’s heart to always honor the LORD in one place.

It was God’s heart and desire to always dwell in the hearts of His people.  His laws, ordinances, and ceremonies are evidence that the people always failed to obey perfectly the law of God.  They failed in that to glorify Him.

God’s message to Solomon was a conditional promise.  If you… then I will. We can see throughout the Old Testament that Israel failed to keep the Law of God.  O that is why they need grace.  That is why the whole of Adamkind needs grace.

Even as a Christian I struggle with faith, faithfulness, love, mercy, peace, and joy.  Now some of you holy ones out there are already judging me, and saying something like this, “You are not saved if you struggle with those things.”  Maybe I could turn that around and tell you, “You’re not being honest with God or yourself; or maybe you are not a Christian if you do not struggle with these things.”  Look at Paul’s statements in Romans 7:13-25, then tell me he is not speaking of the same struggles.

O how I am so grateful for the grace of God.  That grace has been displayed in the Old Testament showing us the Lord Jesus in various ways.  Through the tabernacle in the wilderness we see Jesus.  Through the ark of the covenant we see Jesus.  Through the Rock which brought forth water in the wilderness we see Jesus.  The law very simply is powerless to give us a relationship with God.  We come up short.  It is a tall order for us to be saved by because we cannot.

“Grace, grace.  God’s grace.  Grace that is greater than all our sin.” So says the song.  So says Scripture from Genesis through the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

That grace in its fullness was put on display with the nailing of Jesus Christ, Son of God, God the Son on the cross, He died, was buried, and rose again.  He died for you and me.  He died for the sins of the world.  He saves all who will come to Him.  No matter what your sin; He died for you.  Call on His name.  He will hear you.  He will deliver you.

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