Will He Come?

“Will God indeed dwell on the earth?” asks King Solomon. “Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house which I have built!” (I Kings 8:27) If God fills the temple, then He sets the precedent for dwelling anywhere He wants, including in human flesh.

At the dedication of the temple, Solomon prays for God to bless the Israelites. Why? “So that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God; there is no one else.” (I Kings 8:59-60)

A second question appears in today’s reading. Zacharias, who became mute when he didn’t believe Gabriel’s news that his wife would bear a son, confirms Elizabeth’s pronouncement by writing that his newborn son’s name is John. At once, he can talk again, pouring out praises to God. Startling onlookers, Zacharias quotes prophetic passages and applies them to his son, the one he declares will prepare the way for Messiah. Fear spreads along with the news. People ask, “What will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was certainly with him. (Luke 1:66)

Yes, God can come down to earth, and when He does, we’re troubled, for He changes everything, even the course of history.

From June readings for Days 3, 4, and 5
I Kings 4-5, 6-7, and 8
Psalms 119:17-24, 119:25-32, and 119:33-40
Luke 1:39-56, 1:57-66, and 1:67-80
Ephesians 2:1-10, 2:11-22, and 3:1:13

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