Tuesday, April 28, 2015

THE TEMPLE

Today’s┬áReading: 1 Kings 5-6

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The Western Wall Tunnel is an underground tunnel exposing the full length of the Western Wall and is located under the buildings of the Old City of Jerusalem. While the open-air portion of the Western Wall is approximately 60 metres (200 ft) long, the majority of its original length is hidden underground. The tunnel allows access to an additional 485 metres (1,591 ft) of the wall.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: 1 Kings 6:12

Concerning this temple which you are building, if you walk in My statutes, execute My judgments, keep all My commandments, and walk in them, then I will perform My word with you, which I spoke to your father David.

Solomon had almost finished building the Temple when the Word of the Lord came to him once again. God had given Solomon wisdom and all the benefits that came as a result. Now comes the pinnacle promise: “I will perform My Word with you.” God has given us many promises in His Word. The timing for their fulfillment is in His timing, not ours. This restatement of the promise God had given to David came approximately 10 years after Solomon became king. When we read a promise that God has made to us as His children, we have a very human tendency, like little children, to want gratification right away. We must avoid trying to manipulate God’s action by His promises. He will do what He will do when He decides to do it. This is why we are exhorted to “wait on the Lord.” In Psalm 27:13-14 David tells us twice to “wait.” We can draw great encouragement from verse 13: “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” No doubt Solomon read his father’s writings. He may even have sung these words as a boy while David played his harp. Let’s make God’s promises our DNA instructions for living. Amen!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for greater growth in the Fruit of the Spirit. Patience, and all the other flavours of the Fruit of the Spirit is absolutely essential. Therefore, I’m waiting on Your timing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Back in 1972 we produced and released something called “The Grey Cup Christian Celebration.” Our Crossroads offices were in Hamilton, and the Grey Cup Championship of the Canadian Football League was to be in our home stadium. I became convinced we needed to use the occasion for a testimony for Christ. On the Saturday before the game, we did two services in the McMaster gymnasium-auditorium complex. We brought in big name football players from the NFL, as well as Canadian football stars. Dale Evans was there. Art Linkletter was there. The Imperials sang. Astronaut Jim Irwin, who was just back from the moon, was also there. All testified to their faith in Christ. Prime time television was purchased all across Canada for the one-hour TV special. It was a first for Canadian TV. Everything was going very well until it came time to pay the bills. The bank loaned us the money we needed, but then came the payments to the bank. I wrote out one of God’s promises in large handwriting and placed the paper in my middle desk drawer on top of everything else. Every day (sometimes several times) I would open the drawer and read, “MY GOD SHALL SUPPLY ALL YOUR NEED ACCORDING TO HIS RICHES IN GLORY BY CHRIST JESUS” (Philippians 4:19). It took two years to pay off the debt. In God’s time it was accomplished. I was learning lessons that would be a big help to my faith in the years to come.

Yours for God’s timing,

David

The biggest stone in the Western Wall, often called the Western Stone, is also revealed within the tunnel and ranks as one of the heaviest objects ever lifted by human beings without powered machinery. The stone has a length of 13.6 metres (45 ft), height of 3 metres (9.8 ft), and an estimated width of between 3.5 metres (11 ft) and 4.5 metres (15 ft). Estimates place its weight at 570 short tons (510 long tons).

 

This portion of the wall where you see a walkway is now underground in Jerusalem. To the right you can see where today visitors can go up to the Western Wall.

20 thoughts on “Tuesday, April 28, 2015

  1. So nice to hear of peace at that time. Great pics. Thank you for today’s study Rev. M. Having a business of your own is not easy. So happy yours is successful.
    Just received this email from a friend:

    “Just got this message from Rev Andrew White the Vicar of Baghdad.
    The islamist group (ISIS) just took over Quaragosh, the biggest Christian city in Iraq. There are hundreds of men, women and children that are being beheaded. The people are asking for prayers to be made on their behalf concerning the ongoing atrocity in their country. Please take one minute to pray for them. Pass the message across to all your contacts so that the prayer chain will not be broken. They asked for this special prayer. Please, ensure you pass across the prayer request to the body of Christ for fervent prayers offered on behalf of the brothers, sisters and children in Iraq. This is an urgent SOS. May God bless you. From Andrew White the Vicar of Baghdad.”

    Praying for them and Christians around the world.
    Blessings.

    • Heavenly Father, hear our prayers. As we Christians live in safety here in Canada – our brothers and sisters in Iraq are being beheaded because of their faith in the Holy Trinity. ISIS needs to be routed in and stopped of this evil that is spreading across Iraq. We need you to intercede on behalf of the body of Christ and bring this slaughter of innocent brothers and sisters to an end. For Your honour and glory – in Jesus name. Amen and Amen!

    • Heavenly Father, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and to the sanctity of the Holy Spirit, we cry out to YOU, to intervene and bring an immediate end to ISIS slaughtering Christians in Iraq. OH LORD, You are the only hope we have. We call on Your mighty name to bring divine protection to all children, women and men in harm’s way. In Jesus precious name we pray, amen, amen and amen.

  2. Yes, Heavenly Father in the Mighty Name of Jesus I pray in agreement with all the prayers that have gone forth on behalf of Your loved ones in Iraq. For Your intervention and protection for them. That the enemy be thwarted and their schemes pushed back on them in Your Mighty Name Jesus I pray…may it be so!!! AMEN and AMEN!!!

  3. Thank you Rev. David for the great pictures. I too wonder how that stone was moved without machinery…but by human hands??
    Thanks for faithfully giving further instruction to the Word, and your personal experiences.

  4. Just prayed for the dear saints in Baghdad and area, for The Lord’s intervention and protection.
    Thank you for this information, we will pass it on!

  5. Thanks for the message today….the timing of God is quite unique and ‘right-on’, but patience is the key to the blessing of God’s energy and life!!

  6. Amen …I too pray for the christens in Baghdad, Lord Jesus Protect your
    people….. It appears its open season on christens… WE PRAY Lord
    you would intervene on this slaughter…WE ask in YOUR HOLY
    NAME Amen….R…

  7. Oh Father the Most High our hearts are breaking as we hear this news of our brothers. and sisters in Iraq being slaughtered. We can do nothing by ourselves Lord but ask for your divine intervention in this horrific act of evil. Protect the people there who love you and give them courage to stand Firm.
    In The a Precious Name of Jesus. Amen

  8. Hey David. I think Hamilton won the cup that year?
    Chuck Ealy?
    Showing my age.
    I worked with “Athletes in Action” on some events…
    the sideline concrete wall at the old Ivor Wynn Stadium was lethal.
    “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in GLORY.” AMEN.

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