Topic: God Deserves A “Beautiful House” (DCLM Daily Manna 8 February 2021)
Text: 2 Chronicles 4:9-22 (KJV)
9 Furthermore he made the court of the priests, and the great court, and doors for the court, and overlaid the doors of them with brass.
10 And he set the sea on the right side of the east end, over against the south.
11 And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basons. And Huram finished the work that he was to make for king Solomon for the house of God;
12 To wit, the two pillars, and the pommels, and the chapiters which were on the top of the two pillars, and the two wreaths to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were on the top of the pillars;
13 And four hundred pomegranates on the two wreaths; two rows of pomegranates on each wreath, to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were upon the pillars.
14 He made also bases, and lavers made he upon the bases;
15 One sea, and twelve oxen under it.
16 The pots also, and the shovels, and the fleshhooks, and all their instruments, did Huram his father make to king Solomon for the house of the LORD of bright brass.
17 In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredathah.
18 Thus Solomon made all these vessels in great abundance: for the weight of the brass could not be found out.
19 And Solomon made all the vessels that were for the house of God, the golden altar also, and the tables whereon the shewbread was set;
20 Moreover the candlesticks with their lamps, that they should burn after the manner before the oracle, of pure gold;
21 And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of gold, and that perfect gold;
22 And the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers, of pure gold: and the entry of the house, the inner doors thereof for the most holy place, and the doors of the house of the temple, were of gold.
Key Verse: “Thus Solomon made all these vessels in great abundance: for the weight of the brass could not be found out.” – (2 Chronicles 4:18)
Jonathan Edwards was an American revivalist preacher, philosopher and congregationalist protestant theologian. He wrote, “For as God is infinitely the greatest Being, so He is allowed to be infinitely the most beautiful and excellent: and all the beauty to be found throughout the whole creation is but the reflection of the diffused beams of that Being who hath an infinite fullness of brightness and glory. God… is the foundation and fountain of all beings and all beauty”.
Our God delights in everything that is beautiful. He deserves the best. As of March 4, 2020, Buckingham Palace, London was said to be worth $1.55 billion, although it is unlikely to come on the market anytime soon. The palatial residence of Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is generally agreed to be the world’s most valuable residence. If men could commit such huge resources to build houses for themselves, how much more the house of God!
King Solomon realised the need to make this worthy investment by giving the best to the Source of wealth, through whom all blessings flow. God delights in things that portray His beauty. Solomon realised that God was the Source of his wealth; as a result, he spared nothing – material or human resources – in showing gratitude to the Lord.
It is amazing nowadays that some believers do not take delight in building a befitting house for God. They are also not willing to participate in decorating existing ones. Yet, they make their own houses and apartments very comfortable while completely neglecting the house of God. The Lord is in search of people today who would take up the responsibility to make His house habitable. We must give God the honour due Him. This will always gladden the heart of the Almighty.
Thought For The Day: Don’t give God what would cost you nothing.
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria. https://dclm.org/