Willing Hearts – 1 Chronicles 28-29 – Dale Sutherland – Associate Senior Pastor
Moses and the Tent of Meeting (Tabernacle)
David and the First Temple
Jesus – the Living Temple and the Church
“So I will consecrate the Tent of Meeting and altar and will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve Me as priests. Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. They will know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God.”
“. . . and said to Moses, ‘The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the LORD commanded to be done.’ Then Moses gave an order, ‘No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.’ And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.” Exodus 36:5-7
“The divisions of the priests and Levites are ready for all the work on the Temple of God, and every willing man skilled in any craft will help you in all the work. The officials and all the people will obey your every command.” 1 Chronicles 28:21
“Besides in all my devotion to the Temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the Temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy Temple.”
1 Chronicles 29:3
“. . . Now, who is willing to consecrate himself today to the LORD?” 1 Chronicles 29:5b
“Then the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of the King’s work gave willingly.” 1 Chronicles 29:6
“The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD. David the King also rejoiced greatly.” 1 Chronicles 29:9
“That means Jesus becomes the crucial Temple, that is, the real, the ultimate meeting place between God and sinful people . . . He is the ultimate priest. He is the ultimate sacrifice. His flesh is the veil, and
His shattered, broken body is the shattered, broken Temple that rises on the third day to become the real meeting place between God and sinful people.”
“And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and tabernacled among us; and we [actually] saw His glory, glory as belongs to the [One and] only begotten Son of the Father . . .” John 1:14 (Amplified Bible)
Christ is better than the Temple because He is ETERNAL
Christ is better than the Tabernacle or the Temple because they were LIMITED.
[Christ is] “. . . the bread to the hungry, water to the thirsty, a garment to the naked, healing to the wounded; and whatever a soul can desire is found in Him.”
Christ is better than the Tabernacle because it was created and JESUS IS THE CREATOR.
Christ is better than the Temple because no one could ever love a building or be loved by it. CHRIST
THE LIVING TEMPLE LOVES YOU AND ME.
“We must learn to think of His everlasting gentleness and compassion. We must remember His kind thoughts toward us which have been from eternity. Let our hearts and our thoughts be filled with His love to us.”
Even the richest of great pleasures on this earth are NOTHING without our living Temple shining on us.
“. . . at My right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:1
God was awesome and He was going to meet them.
The people willingly reacted.
ARE YOU WILLING?