The Lord’s House or House of Offerings?

The house I am about to build will be great, for our God is greater than other gods. But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him?

2 Chronicles 2:5-6 NRSV

I’ve been reading in 2 Chronicles this week and saw something that I had previously missed in my reading (I know you are shocked!)…Solomon readily admits that no house can contain God. In fact, that is not Solomon’s goal and therefore he refers to the Temple as a house to make offerings. The wise king realizes that the Temple is about a place to gather, worship, remember, and help Israel remain focused on God.

I wonder how our worship changes (and indeed our life) if we take up Solomon’s perspective as seeing God in all of our lives and not just the one hour on Sunday. I am convinced that if we look, we will see God moving and working in every part of creation. Our job is to look and join whenever and wherever that may be.

Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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