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Daily Devotional with Pastor Jon

July 5

Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD . . .

2 Chronicles 3:1 (a)

Like the Tabernacle, the Temple was divided into three main areas. The first part was the courtyard. And everyone was allowed to see the courtyard. Then, inside the Temple itself, there were two parts. The first was the Holy Place in which there was the Altar of Incense, the Candlestick, the Table of Showbread where the priests served. And behind the veil was the Holy of Holies containing the Ark of the Covenant and the Shekinah glory of God. On only one day could the high priest enter the Holy of Holies and experience the physical, tangible presence of God.

Even as the Temple has three parts, you are a triune being. You have an outer court: your body. Your soul is your holy place. Only a few people know your soul - your mind and your emotions. It’s more exclusive. Lastly, there is your spirit, the holy of holies, reserved exclusively for God Himself and the high priest, Jesus Christ. It is where you commune with the Lord and give worship to the Lord. If you want to be a whole person, you need to give attention to all three areas - body, soul, and spirit - for they are intricately connected. If I am physically getting run down, it will affect the rest of my temple. If my mind is not being stimulated or developed, it will affect me spiritually and physically as well. If my spirit is not being tended, if I am not taking time to walk with the Lord and seek Him, it affects the rest of my being. This means if you’re working out, worship the Lord while you do it. If you’re in school, praise the Lord for the facts you’re learning. Wherever you’re at, take care of the whole person as much as possible.

The more important application, however, is that these three parts of the Temple show you where you’re at in your service in the work of the Lord. Maybe you’re in the outer court. It’s where sacrifice was offered, the place of salvation. Maybe you’re just enjoying the fact that your sins are forgiven. But there will come a time when you’ll need to move out of the outer court into the Holy Place, the place where the priests went. You’ll begin to lay out the bread, trim the lamps; you get involved in serving the Lord. After a season there, you’ll be drawn to the Holy of Holies, which is worship and adoration. Like Mary, you’ll choose the better part, sitting at the feet of Jesus.

Where are you at? Are you in the outer courtyard, have you moved into the place of service, or are you fellowshipping with the Lord in worship?

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day of Feasting" by Pastor Jon. "A Day of Feasting" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi. If you would like your own copy of "A Day of Feasting" you can order one from the SearchLight Store.

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