Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
“God does not really live on the earth! Look, if the sky and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this temple I have built!” 1 Kings 8.27
Solomon, David’s son, was the king of Israel. God had given David the plans for the Temple and he had gathered and prepared all of the necessary materials for its construction. But, due to the blood that David had spilled in war during his reign, God did not allow him to actually build the Temple. That task was given to Solomon. The occasion surrounding this verse was the transferal of the ark from Jerusalem to the Temple. The ark was where God had met with Moses. The ark was where God made himself present. The ark was being placed in the Temple where God would be present. Solomon prayed on behalf of Israel, exalting God. Solomon recognized that God could not be contained within the Temple. God does not live on this earth. However, God is present with us. Solomon stated in 1 Kings 8.23 that God was loyal to his servants who obeyed him. Jesus states in John 14.23 that if we obey God, he will come and live in us. Today God lives in his people, the body of Christ, which is his church.