As we go through Israel’s story this month, each week we’ll have “catch-up Friday.” This is to give you three days over the weekend to catch up on your readings, as it’s important to read each part of the story.
But for those who are up-to-date, there’s some extra reading and a few questions. You might recall from yesterday that God’s “Plan B” involved Israel’s king leading the way in being God’s image-bearers to the world: they were to execute justice in Israel, and be a light to the nations around. Part of this plan was the temple, which David’s son, Solomon, would build. Read Solomon’s prayer he prayed at the dedication of the temple (in 1 Kings 8) and answer the questions below.
- How is the temple to function in the relationship between God and Israel?
- How is the temple to function in the relationship between God and the rest of humanity?
- How does the temple help Israel in their role as God’s image-bearers?