In today’s (chronological) reading… 1Kings 7,8; Psalm 11… we see more about Solomon’s temple, it’s furnishings, and its dedication.
At the end of one of the most incredible building projects in history, Solomon stood before the people and before God and acknowledged this building wasn’t enough. Even the whole earth cannot hold the God of the universe. So, how could a temple built with human hands do that?
While the temple could not truly be God’s dwelling place, it would serve as a meeting place between God and His people. God would be there – just as He promised. Present, but not contained.
God doesn’t need anything from any of us… especially not a house. But, He loves us enough to want to be close to where we are.