October 16, 2011: Solomon builds the Temple

Posted on : Oct 13th, 2011 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

For the last six months or so our congregation has been in an intense process of spiritual discernment. Spiritual discernment is the practice of listening and the process of seeking – listening for God’s word and seeking the movement of God’s Spirit in the life of the congregation.   It is sort of the thing you need to do before you make a big decision that will affect the future of the congregation.  Why?  Because without listening for God’s voice we tend to make decisions only for ourselves – driven by our own minds and our own ideas.

So, how does one DO spiritual discernment? Well, this is where Scripture can help us out. “The Bible tells the stories of many communities: growing and dying communities, exiled communities and communities in transition, rich communities and poor communities. In all situations God enters in; God speaks; God acts; God saves” (Daniel Wolpert).

And this Sunday we will enter the biblical world and look at one such story. It’s the story of Israel’s two great kings, David and Solomon, and the building of God’s temple in Jerusalem. And hopefully we will find our story in the biblical story, and discover where the Spirit of God is taking us.

Till Sunday,

Kobie

 

~ This Sunday’s Scriptures ~

1 Kings 3:5-9; 5:5

At Gibeon, God appeared in a dream to Solomon during the night, saying, “Ask what you would like me to give you.” Solomon replied, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, David, who was faithful, righteous, and obedient to you. And you have generously maintained this constant love toward us and now you have appointed a successor to sit on his throne this very day. And now, my God, you have continued this kindness to David’s successor to sit on the throne this very day. Here I am in the midst of your chosen people, a people so numerous they cannot be counted. Give me, your servant, a discerning heart, so that I may distinguish good from evil and govern your people with wisdom.”

“So I propose to build a Temple to honor the name of Yahweh, my God, just as God promised my father David, ‘Your child, whom I will set on the throne in your place, will build a house for my Name.’” (1 Kings 5:5)

Psalm 127:1-2

If God doesn’t build the house, the builders work in vain. If God doesn’t guard the city, the sentries watch in vain. In vain you get up early and stay up late, sweating to make a living, because God loves us and provides for us even while we sleep.

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