THIS SERIES: JOURNEY INTO REST
The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy….. For (Solomon) ruled over all the kingdoms west of the River Euphrates, from Tiphsah to Gaza, and had peace on all sides. During Solomon’s lifetime Judah and Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, lived in safety, everyone under their own vine and under their own fig-tree. [1 Kings 4:20,24,25]
Solomon was described as a man of peace and rest, whereas David was a man of war, a man who had seen much bloodshed; but the two things go together. Solomon’s success was built on the foundation laid by David. Solomon lived in the good of all his father had achieved, the battles won, the territory gained, and even the temple materials provided.
For those of us who are seeking rest* as a way of life this detail is important. The foundation for our rest is the blood shed at the greatest battle in the history of the world. On the Cross, the Son of David defeated every power of evil and purchased an eternal inheritance for us. (An eternal inheritance which starts now – not at some time in the future.)
If you haven’t already done so over the Easter period, I urge you to take time to explore and discover the riches of the provision purchased for you on the Cross. There are several resources on The Power of the Cross page to help you.
Solomon’s magnificent temple, and its successors are no more; and will never be rebuilt. Although we read of these structures being shaken with the power of God, and filled with shekinah glory, they were merely the shadow of the reality to come. The Presence of God was to be housed not in buildings or artefacts, but in specially created, intricately designed, beautifully crafted human beings – in you and me, in fact [1 Corinthians 6:19]. Yes, His presence would continue to be experienced profoundly in particular places and events, but the amazing truth is that we have in these ‘jars of clay’ the greatest treasure of all time [2 Corinthians 4:7]; and like David provided the materials for the first temple, Jesus has provided the way for His Holy Spirit to take up residence in us.
True biblical rest is about living in the provision of God, in the finished work of Jesus, and we are urged to be tenacious in our seeking of it.
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