Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Knowing God - 1 Kings 8:27

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But will God indeed dwell on the earth?
Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you,
much less this house that I have built!
1 Kings 8:27
 
Solomon built the temple ... then asked this question.
 
The temple was supposed to be "the house of God," but as the last blocks were being laid in place and God's house was being furnish, Solomon was realizing how absurd this notion was.
 
"Even heaven ... cannot contain [God]," cried the earthly king.
 
That's why we are advised -- in Exodus 20 along with the ten commandments -- not to make "graven images" (pictures or statues) of God. No matter how great the artist, we can't paint the Lord whom the heavens cannot contain.
 
In fact, any picture or statue or mental image of God puts him in a box and limits him.
 
We need to quit putting God in a box -- even one that sounds good and holy -- and step back instead and just say, "Wow!" Actually ... just step back, bow down, and saying, "Awe."
 
In Christ's Love,
a guy who needs
more servings of awe in his daily diet
than even additional servings of vegetables

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