Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Journal Through the Bible: Week 93 Tuesday

Kitto, John.
Images from an Illustrated History of the Holy Bible.
Norwich, CT:
Henry Bill Publishing Company,
1872. Print.
Appearing here courtesy of Logos Bible Software
II Chronicles chapter 4

This chapter tells of the temple furnishings and vessels provided by Solomon.

Does God issue any commands?
God does not speak.

Does God make any promises?
God does not speak.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Solomon prepared a place for the worship of his God. Jesus said that He went to prepare a place for us so that we can approach our God in worship also. Since the Temple and its furnishings were pictures of Jesus' sacrifice they are pictures of the work that Jesus did to prepare a place for us.
  • The purest gold was used to make the lamps and candlesticks. Jesus said that we are the lights that lead men to Him because we are reflections of Him: the Way, the Truth, and the Light. In scripture, churches are also represented as candlesticks that burn brightly with the message of redemption for the glory of God. We are told to serve in churches where we are not lone candles but one of many placed together to make the light shine brighter. In Revelation 1:13 John saw Jesus walking among the candlesticks. Eventually the Church Age will end and we will all shine together for eternity in the glory of our Lord.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • One day we will worship God with sight due to the fact that Jesus has prepared a place for us!
  • As mentioned above, one day all of the redeemed will shine together as reflectors of the Light as we worship Him throughout eternity. The candlestick is a symbol of the light that is achieved from that unity.

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