2 Chronicles 5:1-14 (Part 2) – HGTV’s Home Town and What The Holy Spirit Does for Our Souls

Posted: July 14, 2020 in 14-2 Chronicles

2 Chronicles 5:1-14 (Part 2 of 2)

Solomon Praises the Lord

Opening Illustration/Comments

One of my wife’s favorite things is HGTV. She loves that channel as much as I love ESPN on Saturdays in the fall. She especially loves those shows on there about remodeling old houses and making them more modern. Sometimes the shows take what was once a dilapidated old house about fall in on itself and turn it into a showplace home. I actually love the one of the shows that is set in Pearl, MS, called “Home Town” with Erin and Ben Napier. Erin is the classic Southern girl who loves frilly things and gets super excited about beautifying a home – classic Southern girl. I love how excited she gets as her husband, Ben, and his team transform the ugliness, by gutting the house and reconstructing it from the studs and making it into a modern home. Erin then beautifies the home when Ben is done. He is always impressed with her eye for things that just make the design work. Ben does the tough work of reclaiming the house with new walls, new counters, new cabinets, new bathroom fixtures, and all that. Then, Erin brings in the beautifying of the house to make it a home. The things that they do with abandoned homes is often quite amazing. Homes that are either abandoned or stuck in the 50’s when they get a hold of them and then turn them in 2020’s chic.

I sometimes wish that I could get Erin and Ben to come visit the Pee Dee region of South Carolina where I live. There are an inordinate amount of old abandoned homes on these family farms that dot the landscape of the region. These family farms dot and dominate and the landscape of our region of the state. This region is where the bulk of the state’s agricultural production is centered. Lots of small towns. Lots of family farms. Some big. Some small. But lots of family farms. On a lot of them, you will see old family homes that have been abandoned after great grandma and great grandpa have passed on because the succeeding generations have built there own homes on the family farm. These structures are dying and rotting before your very eyes, day by day. These structures were once vibrant family homes that bustled with activity, I bet. That’s why I wish I could get Erin and Ben to take up residence in our region and do the stuff they do in and around Pearl, MS in our region of South Carolina.

They turn something old and unused into something new and useful. They turn something that’s just a house into a home filled with new things and a place to live. They turned a house into a home. They turn a shell into something filled with life. It is the same with us when we accept Christ as our Savior, our soul is transformed from a dark, dilapidated structure into a fully alive structure. When we accept Christ as our Savior, he comes in an revitalize the soul and makes it holy. Then, the presence of God in our lives, the Holy Spirit can come in dwell. Christ redeems the house like Ben. The Holy Spirit fills the soul with beauty and life like Erin. Without the redeeming work of Christ, the Holy Spirit cannot dwell there. It would be an impure soul without the redeeming work of Christ. Christ makes us holy and thus makes it possible for the Holy Spirit to permanently indwell us. Similarly, Erin could not do the work that she does within these reclaimed homes without the sanctifying work that Ben does to redeem the old home. Ben makes it possible for Erin to do her work just as Christ makes it possible for the Holy Spirit to dwell within us.

It is that idea making things holy and alive is what I thought about this morning when reading this passage, 2 Chronicles 5:1-14, once again. Let’s read through it this morning, together, with that idea in mind:

Scripture Passage

Chapter 5

1 So Solomon finished all his work on the Temple of the Lord. Then he brought all the gifts his father, David, had dedicated—the silver, the gold, and the various articles—and he stored them in the treasuries of the Temple of God.

The Ark Brought to the Temple

2 Solomon then summoned to Jerusalem the elders of Israel and all the heads of tribes—the leaders of the ancestral families of Israel. They were to bring the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant to the Temple from its location in the City of David, also known as Zion. 3 So all the men of Israel assembled before the king at the annual Festival of Shelters, which is held in early autumn.[a]

4 When all the elders of Israel arrived, the Levites picked up the Ark. 5 The priests and Levites brought up the Ark along with the special tent[b] and all the sacred items that had been in it. 6 There, before the Ark, King Solomon and the entire community of Israel sacrificed so many sheep, goats, and cattle that no one could keep count!

7 Then the priests carried the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant into the inner sanctuary of the Temple—the Most Holy Place—and placed it beneath the wings of the cherubim. 8 The cherubim spread their wings over the Ark, forming a canopy over the Ark and its carrying poles. 9 These poles were so long that their ends could be seen from the Holy Place,[c] which is in front of the Most Holy Place, but not from the outside. They are still there to this day. 10 Nothing was in the Ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Mount Sinai,[d] where the Lord made a covenant with the people of Israel when they left Egypt.

11 Then the priests left the Holy Place. All the priests who were present had purified themselves, whether or not they were on duty that day. 12 And the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and all their sons and brothers—were dressed in fine linen robes and stood at the east side of the altar playing cymbals, lyres, and harps. They were joined by 120 priests who were playing trumpets. 13 The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the Lord with these words:

“He is good!

    His faithful love endures forever!”

At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of the Lord. 14 The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple of God.

Passage Analysis

In this passage, we see that the Most Holy Place is just a room until God allows a physically visible manifestation of His presence to occupy the room. Did you notice that the priests were able to go into the Most Holy Place, the room designed to hold the Ark of the Covenant, that is within the Holy Place, the room in which the people of God could worship. The Most Holy Place after this date could be entered into only once a year by the High Priest, after an extensive cleansing ceremony, on the Day of Atonement. On this unique occasion, however, several priests had to enter the Most Holy Place to carry the Ark to its new resting place. Why the difference? The key to understanding this difference is the final verse of this passage. Prior to this moment, the presence of the Lord was not in the Most Holy Place. Prior to this moment, it was just a room. After this moment, it was an extension of God’s visible existence to His chosen people. The presence of the Lord in the room makes it holy ground. It is similar to what God does in our hearts. Our hearts are just a place, just an impure place, until Jesus comes in and reclaims it down to the studs and remakes its into a holy place where the Holy Spirit dwells in us. Now, our souls are a holy place where the Holy Spirit can live. His presence makes us holy.

Life Application

This passage has reminds us that without Jesus and the Holy Spirit, our souls are old dilapidated houses that stand empty and without use and without purpose and without a future. It is through the redemptive work of accepting Christ as our Savior that our souls are reclaimed from darkness and uselessness. We are made new through Christ. We are then made holy through Christ’s redemption such that we can have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us for eternity. Without this redemptive and restructuring work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, our house would eventually fall in upon itself because of the rotting of our souls. It is the presence of the Holy Spirit that makes us alive and useful for the future. Otherwise we are just a house with no purpose and no use and no future other than destruction from decay.

The Most Holy Place in the Temple was just a room until the presence of the Lord came into it. Then it became the Most Holy Place. It is like what Ben and Erin do in their projects. A old, abandoned empty house becomes a home full of life. The Most Holy Place is just a room without the presence of the Lord. Our souls are like that. They are dead, dilapidated existence of being without the presence of the Lord. Our souls are made holy by the presence of the Lord. So, there’s the thing. Every soul can be made holy, made alive, made a place of lively life, made a place where the Holy Spirit dwells. No matter what you have done. No matter if your house is decayed right now, it can be reclaimed and made a holy place full of life and full of the presence of the Lord through accepting, truly accepting, Jesus Christ as your Savior. Then, the Holy Spirit can come dwell in you and make you holy.

Amen and Amen.

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