Words from the Heart for Monday April 1st, 2019
But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!”
1 Kings 8:27 (NIV)
There are a set of uninhabited islands in Canada’s Arctic known as Solomon’s Temple Islands. They are located in the centre of James Bay. They hit the news a bit back in 1950 when Thomas Henry Manning spent some time on the islands studying what is known as the driftwood strand lines. These mark the high mark of tides, noted by where driftwood is beached. The Solomon Temple Islands have exceptionally high driftwood strand lines, meaning that for some reasons, the James Bay tides are higher than usual on the remote islands.
Our God is a big God. Bigger than big. His presence fills the universe. There is no place anyone can go where God is not present. He is beyond human comprehension. So when Solomon is dedicating the newly built Temple in Jerusalem, knowing that God has promised to dwell in the Holy of Holies right there in the centre of the Temple, he makes a really good point. It is found in 1 Kings 8:27, “But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!” Solomon is a very wise man, and understands the immensity of the God who has called Israel His own and ordered that the Temple be built for His dwelling. How was this universe-filling, omnipresent God going to squeeze into a room the size of the Holy Place in a Temple made by human hands? There is no answer to this question – but God is big enough to make it work. It is one of the ironies of God’s kingdom. But it tells us how great is His longing to dwell with His people.
These have been words from the heart.