“But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee; how much less this house which I have built!”  2 Chronicles 6:18 (KJB)

This is part of the  history of Israel as the remnant of returning Jews were reading it.  Preparing for their return to Jerusalem seventy years following their exile in Babylon and Persia.  These would have been glorious, encouraging words, and history reminding them of their past, their temple, and their Capital City.

Yesterday (May 14, 2018) marked the 70th year since Israel was reborn as a nation.  On this day also our Nation, the United States of America, moved our Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem thus recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital City of Israel.  That did not make it so.  It was already Biblically so.

As the nation of Israel has come to understand, and as Solomon many years ago understood, God is too big and glorious to dwell in the buildings men build with their hands.  God is infinite.  He is bigger than the Universe He has made with the word of His mouth.  He has made us, the human race, or as I have grown to like calling us ‘Adamkind’, because we all descended from Adam and Eve.

“…Will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth?”  He has.  He does.  He always will.  He descended to earth in the form of a man.  All that a man could be was in Jesus Christ.  All that God is dwelt in Jesus Christ.  He came to dwell among us.  That is the meaning of His name “Immanuel” – “God with us”.

We were a fallen, condemned, dying race of people.  We were in darkness, bound by sin, dying in sin, and condemned to death.  Jesus came as the God Man to die for our sins.  In doing so He built a bridge that any who believe Him could cross that bridge to God, be forgiven all our sins, and have eternal life, living forever with Him in the presence of all His glory.

When we cross that bridge God gives us His Spirit to live within us, with our spirit, to guide, comfort, correct, convict, and work in us the work of Christ Himself (Ephesians 1:5-11).  He is in you, working, making you to be more like Him; when you have trusted Him.

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