index:BIBLEREADPLAN1 June1 Dedication to the temple and the central theme of the gospel revealed. Solomon prays before the crowd from a scaffold explaining why, why a temple. Jesus stands before a multiplicitous crowd explaining who, who the Son of Man is. To know why He came one must know who He is. To draw near one must know He was lifted up. Solomon speaks of a foreigner's prayers, Jesus is visited by Greeks. The promise of God is for all who believe.
index:BIBLEREADPLAN1 June1 This is what a temple without the person of Christ becomes. Solomon describes what the new Temple should become. Jesus is confronted with what the Temple has become (for long has been). There are the chief rulers and others that believe but remain silent, everyone knowing the where abouts of Jesus and does not tell will be cast out of the Temple. Jesus will be soon be put to death in part because of this temple's form of worship and the duplicities dwelling within. He will be lifted up in order to reignite the fuller extent of worship. Temples without the person of God serve the opposite purpose, the opposite god. We must be mindful that God very much developed this storyline toward His purpose of teaching us just this very thing. It is the person that matters.
index:BIBLEREADPLAN1 June11 Rulers and control. A good king is struck through with an arrow being in a place he was told not to be. An Egyptian king captures Jerusalem thereafter just to rub their nose in it. A Babylonian Emperor sees his opportunity to take it all. A roman territorial consulate washes his hands of the matter in vindictive scorn. The nation of Judah mocks and kills it's remaining prophets. A crowd of frenzied dupes cry out for crucifixion. Jesus hangs at the cross innocent between two criminals with a engraved plank over His head. It has been quiet a day. These rulers rule as if they control what is taking place. They are pawns in a much broader spiritual warfare. If these rulers are such, then where does that leave us? If a follower of Jesus, right in the middle with Him under His mighty rule and control.
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