06/13/2018 — 1 Kings Chapter 8; & 2 Chronicles Chapter 5
As I read these concurrent passages I was struck at how magnificent the pageantry of the celebration must have been, even greater than last month’s Royal Wedding. But I was also taken by another reality in 1 Kings 8:5 —
3 When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the priests took up the ark, 4 and they brought up the ark of the Lord and the tent of meeting and all the sacred furnishings in it. The priests and Levites carried them up, 5 and King Solomon and the entire assembly of Israel that had gathered about him were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and cattle that they could not be recorded or counted.
… the amount of blood that was involved in the coming of the presence of the Lord. Of course the sacrifices were required to cover the sins of the people.
Now, we are truly blessed — and should we not be humbled and awed that the entire world-wide Body of Believers is allowed to enter into the presence of the Lord God Almighty through the shedding of a single “man’s” blood? — We are all part of God’s plan …