GOD WORKS IN THE DETAILS

Today’s One Year Bible reading in 2 Chron. 3 describes the beginning of the building of the Temple by King Solomon. Among the many details is the location—the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite on Mount Moriah—where the Lord had appeared to Solomon’s father, King David, and which David had selected as the site of the future Temple. What’s the significance of that location?

Well, what had happened at Mount Moriah? That’s where, according to Gen. 22, the Lord had told Abraham to offer his only son Isaac as a sacrifice. Just as Abraham was about to kill Isaac, God provided a ram as a substitute.

Centuries later, 2 Sam. 24 records that King David had sinned against the Lord by taking a census of the people of Israel and Judah. As a consequence of his sin, God sent a plague as punishment, which ended at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. The Lord came to King David through the prophet Gad, and instructed him to buy that threshing floor, and erect an altar of worship to the Lord on it. And David did so, sacrificing an animal as a substitute for himself.

And so this same piece of land—where Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice to God, and where David built an altar and offered a sacrifice to God—is the place where Solomon built the Temple, which was the center of Jewish worship, and where countless sacrifices were offered to God in the centuries that followed. And just a short distance away was Golgotha, where Jesus, the Lamb of God, would offer Himself as the final sacrifice for our sins!

Now, maybe this is just one little detail in God’s plan for our redemption—a plan God worked out over thousands of years. But it shows me how God is concerned with the details—details that are all part of His plan.

As I reflect on my own life, I can see the hand of God at work in the details of my life. Those details seemed insignificant at the time, but now, in retrospect, they fit together.

How about you? I’m sure God is at work in the details of your life too. Can you trace His hand through your life? I hope you can. As Phil. 2:13 says, “For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey him, and then helping you do what he wants.”

by Darrel Eppler, Chairman of the Elder Board

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