27 “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!
The inclination for people in general is to think that the people of the OT are backwards. All they have are the shadows, so they really didn’t think too many right thoughts. They thought (haha) that God was located in the Ark! But we know better now. Of course of course. And this is all an excuse to not read the Old Testament all that much, and when we do, not see it as too relevant to us.
The big thing I've been learning from my OT class is just how much depth and grace there is in the Old Testament. How much mercy there for those who take the time to look for it.
Case in point - Solomon, after building a temple, prays a prayer that is strongly affirming that God is not a local God, God does not reside in a temple in the same way we would reside in a house. Instead, God has a temple as a place where we can look and be reminded – “God is a God who forgives! God is one who can still have mercy! God has reached down to earth and now the freedom to pray to him is here!” The temple is not a dwelling place for God in the sense that he needed something, the temple is a symbol for us – that God is one who dwells among us and has reached down to us.
This is the kind of God that we worship, and the OT believers worshiped God too! A God who is compassionate and merciful, faithful to thousands who seek him, a God who says, "Salvation belongs to the Lord!"
Praise the Lord of grace, revealed from the Old Testament to the New!
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