Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 4-6
Today’s Reflection: 2 Chronicles 6:10-11
10) “Now the Lord has fulfilled his promise that he made. For I have risen in the place of David my father and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and I have built the house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. 11) And there I have set the ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord that he made with the people of Israel.”
After the dedication of the temple of the Lord built by Solomon, the Ark of the Covenant was moved there. That this sacred vessel, which represented the presence of God among the children of Israel and also held the tablets of stone engraved by God with the 10 Commandments, would find it’s home in the Temple of the Lord is no surprise. But there is a deeper symbolism here as well.
The building of the temple was the fulfillment of a specific promise, made first to David, then to Solomon (2 Samuel 7:1-17). Then when this promise was fulfilled, the Ark of the Covenant was placed, quite literally, in the centre of it.
At the heart of every promise God fulfills is the covenant He has made with mankind.
And I’m speaking of the first covenant, made with Adam and Eve, the covenant from which the covenants with Noah and Abraham and Isaac and Jacob flowed out of.
Genesis 3:15 – “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
The heart of every promise God made to anyone in the Bible and to all of the promises He makes to anyone now is this covenant promise of a Messiah to overcome the enemy, sin and death and to ultimately redeem mankind and restore men to right relationship with God. Without redemption, every promise God answers in this life—every healing, every gift of wealth, every child granted to a barren couple—ultimately ends with death. The only promise that lasts into eternity is the promise of the redemption of mankind and this is why the covenant lies at the heart of every promise God fulfills.
If you examine every promise God has granted you in your life, you’ll see that in some way it points to Jesus, the source of our salvation, the ‘bruiser of the head of the serpent’ in Genesis 3:15, the fulfillment of the covenant.
Hebrew 13:20-21 – 20) Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21) equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.