Day 17: King Solomon’s Crown

Read 1 Kings 8:22-30 and Isaiah 6:1-7

“In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne,                           high and lifted up;
and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim.                      Each had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet,     and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:
‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!’
And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called,
and the house was filled with smoke. And I said; ‘Woe is me! For I am lost;
for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
for my eyes have seen the king, the Lord of hosts!”

This is the king that the Israelites rejected.

In 1 Samuel 8:5, the Israelites make the following demand, “Appoint for us a king to judge us like all the other nations.” Oh the irony. The whole point of everything they’d been through is that they would NOT be like the other nations because they were the only nation who had as a king the KING OF ALL KINGS! So the Lord tells Samuel to give the people what they ask for and reassures him that “they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.”

3 kingships in and we have Solomon, son of David, standing before the alter of the Lord in a prayer of dedication for the temple he has built for this rejected King.                         “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant showing steadfast love to your servants… But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built.”

Indeed, God would come to dwell on the earth. The very King that Isaiah saw sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, would come as a lowly babe, a suffering servant, and once again, be rejected. The Romans in cruel mockery would nail a sign over His head, ‘King of the Jews.’ And while this king was being murdered by the very ones He came to save, He would speak the words, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Solomon had offered his prayer of dedication, saying,”listen in heaven your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive” little imagining that the rejected King to whom he was praying would as rightful heir to the throne of David offer that forgiveness from a cross.  O the steadfast love of our King!

“Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Which wert and art, and ever more shalt be.”

(After singing Holy, Holy, Holy, listen to Handel’s Messiah selection “Lift up your heads, o ye gates…”)

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