THURSDAY March 23, 2017
Glorious City of God
And next to them Rephaiah the son of Hur, leader of half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs. Next to them Jedaiah the son of Harumaph made repairs in front of his house. And next to him Hattush the son of Hashabniah made repairs. - Nehemiah 3:9-10
Jerusalem is where God had placed His name:Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there… (2 Chronicles 6:6),and where the Shekinah glory of God dwelt. This holy city was a place where Jews would go on a pilgrimage, they came before the Lord during the year to offer their sacrifices (Deuteronomy 16:16). In Jerusalem was the temple, the house of the Lord, where God met His people. Psalm 46:4-5 describes the city of Jerusalem:
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God, His holy mountain. Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion in the far north, the city of the great King. God, in her palaces, has made Himself known as a stronghold.
As Christians, it is important to understand that God dwells with in us.
1 Corinthians 6:19 tells us: Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 2 Corinthians 13:5also states: Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? 1 John 3:24 also informs us: Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
Even though God dwells within us; we must come to house of the Lord to receive from Him. He will speak to us as we listen to the message given by the pastor; and we are to serve the Lord and joyfully give to Him.
Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. Selah.
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