Repair and Refine

Construction site

Psalm 84; 2 Chronicles 29:1–11, 16–19; Hebrews 9:23–28

A few days ago, we read about cleang the Temple. As noted, then, prophets doing “over-the-top” things weren’t totally unexpected. Generally, it was uncomfortable, but ’s true prophets weren’t known to bring comfort without discomfort.

Sometimes amid human depravity, a person bursts out of the decay and does something unexpected. Hezekiah was one of those. Hezekiah may be one of the few (yet significant) proof-texts for why the and the government should not be as separated as much as it seems to be ed for in these modern days.

Of course, Hezekiah it not the norm. The only time this really would work would be if the and the government ually respected each other’s place, honored it, and behaved honorably themselves. Neither government nor has a sterling record. They don’t even have a tin record.

Hezekiah shaped up the Levites and ed them to remember their heritage and duty. He directed them to get back Temple life. As the king, this would also the populace to also refocus on the Temple. However, part of Hezekiah’s isn’t about the Temple. The important part of Hezekiah’s is about and the place that should be having in the life of Israel.

The filth and disrepair of the Temple were symbolic of the place had in the life of the Israelites. didn’t really have a place in their lives. The Temple and its rituals had cultural relevance, but there wasn’t much in the way of spiritual relevance. It was also a work of process.

First, there had to be desire. Then the doors had to be repaired. Then the doors had to be opened. Then the filth had to be removed. Then the artifs of price (fire grates, bowls for washing, and so on) had to be made. Then the work began.

Sometimes it can be easy to dismiss much of the Temple talk. The writer of Hebrews saw the Temple as the foreshadowing of and the believers becoming the living s of . The author, along with Paul (1 Corinthians 3:10–23), sees not doing a new work (as in unknown or unforeseen).

They saw as fulfilling what the Temple was promig.

However, both understood from a historical and experiential view that the could be damaged, emptied, and/or corrupted. This is the beauty of a of . is at work in the Temple, even when we aren’t.

※Reflection※

Where do you see yourself on the Christian walk in regard to getting the Temple (the list of things having been or to be done)? Are you at the point of the real work? If so, what does that look like for you?

 

※Prayer※

Lord, we are ed to be workers not just in the . We are also ed to be workers in the s of believers. Help us to continue to work on ourselves and be to build each other up as we work. Amen.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.