Formations Lesson for July 17- That All May Know Your Name
July 6 2011 by DuPre Sanders, pastor, Roxboro Baptist Church

Focal Passage: 1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43, 59-60

Most leaders want to be remembered for at least one outstanding accomplishment. As king, Solomon expanded the empire handed to him by his father, David, and without doubt his greatest achievement was building the Temple.

The text for today describes the dedication of the Temple. The day of dedication was scheduled to take place during the Festival of Booths. The Temple was dedicated during a time when the people would remember their ancestors’ time in the desert. The location of the Temple also had great significance because it was built on the threshing floor, the place where, years earlier, David had built an altar to worship God.

The famed Ark of the Covenant was placed in the Temple, which would be its new permanent home.

The feature that set apart the Solomonic Temple from other temples in the ancient world was that there was no idol in it. It contained only the Mercy Seat over the Ark and the Cherubim overshadowing the Mercy Seat. This declared to the world that idols were unnecessary for God to be present. The God of Israel was not localized or bound in any sense.

Years later, the Christian martyr, Stephen, said to an unruly crowd, “… Solomon built God a house. However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says: ‘Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me?’ says the Lord, ‘or what is the place of My rest? Has not My hand made all these things?’” (Acts 7:47-50, quoting Isaiah 66:1-2).

Solomon realized that God could not be limited to one particular place (1 Kings 8:27).

God cannot be limited or inhibited by human hands or buildings. God is beyond our control. Solomon’s finest moment came as he dedicated the new Temple to the glory of God. At that inspired moment, it was as if Solomon could see into the future when he prayed, “When a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a distant land because of your name — for they shall hear of your great name” (v. 41-42).

The day would come when people from all over would visit this magnificent Temple and be told of God’s mighty works. The Temple would become a link between the people and God. May this story encourage us to look beyond our church buildings to the “foreigners” who are in our midst and share with them the story of God’s mighty works, so that they too may know His name!
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