It is always salutatory to reread Jesus’ high priestly prayer in John 17 together with this prayer. What stood out to you in this prayer?
“But will God indeed dwell with man on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this house that I have built!” v18
Solomon knew what’s what. He understood the reality of who God is and who we are (and the creation around us) in relation to Him.
But how wonderful and sweet are these words when we have in our minds Jesus whose body is the temple rebuilt in three days (John 2 v21); And us His people as living stones being built up as a spiritual house (1 Peter 2 v5); We whose bodies are modelled as Jesus, a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6 v19) – How much depth and importance these words of Solomon’s hold!
And will God dwell with man, with us, here on earth?
In Ezekiel 37 v27 God says, speaking of Israel dwelling in the land, where David His servant shall be their prince forever (Jesus), “My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
2 Corinthians 6 carries on the thread of us being the temple of God, the living God (from 1 Cor 6 v19), and in v16 says, “For we are the temple of the living God; as God say, ‘I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.'”
This applies to us! Today! How wonderful and amazing this is!
But more, our hope, our longing – We can joyfully and wholheartedly read and rejoice in that most excellent passage of Revelation 21, the whole chapter, but v3, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.'”
We have both a wonderful immediate reality as God’s people and a rock-solid steady and wonderful exciting hope for the future, praise God!