Scripture: Luke 11:27-28 (alternate readings: Luke 1:39-56, Matthew 18:15-20)
27 As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!" 28 But he said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:3-4,15-16; 16:1-2
15:3 David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem, to bring up the ark
of the LORD to its place, which he had
prepared for it. 4 And David gathered together the sons of Aaron
and the Levites... 15 And the Levites carried the ark of God upon
their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded according
to the word of the LORD. 16 David also
commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brethren as
the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on
harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.
16:1 And they brought the ark of God, and set it inside the tent which David had pitched for it; and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. 2 And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD.
Meditation: How does God wish to dwell in holiness with his people - corporately and individually? When God established a covenant with his people in the wilderness at Mount Sinai, he instructed Moses to make a sanctuary (the Tent of Meeting which later became the Temple at Jerusalem) so he could be enthroned among them as their true Lord and Sovereign God (Exodus 25:8). The heart of the sanctuary was the Ark of the Covenant which was also known as the throne of God and seat of mercy (Exodus 25:17,21-22). There God chose to dwell in holiness with his covenanted people so he could be worshiped and glorified among them.
The Ark of the Covenant prefigures the New Covenant and
Living Temple established by Christ
When King David united the 12 tribes of Israel into one kingdom, he brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem as the new center of worship for the people of Israel (1 Samuel 15:3-4,15-16; 16:1-2). The Ark of the Covenant prefigured the New Covenant and Living Temple which Jesus Christ established through his incarnation, death, and resurrection.
"Come to him, to that living stone, rejected by men but in God's sight chosen and precious; and like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:5).How can we come to Christ, the living cornerstone of God's Temple, and be built into a spiritual dwelling place for is glory?.
Mary's call to be a chosen vessel for God
Do you want to be a chosen vessel of God's grace and power and a
faithful witness of Christ's redeeming love and mercy for sinners?
Pray for the Holy Spirit to fill you with a holy desire for God
and for a greater readiness to obey and follow God's will and plan
for your life.
"Lord Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me joy in seeking to know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more fervently, you who are my All."Psalm 132:6-10,13-14
6 Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah, we found it in the fields
7 "Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool!"
8 Arise, O LORD, and go to your resting place, thou and the ark of thy might.
9 Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let your saints shout for joy.
10 For your servant David's sake do not turn away the face of your anointed one.
13 For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation:
14 "This is my resting place for ever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
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