Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 13, 2015

“And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 3.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+3&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

5 He overlaid the main room with cypress wood and overlaid it with fine gold, and ornamented it with palm trees and chains.  6 Further, he adorned the house with precious stones;  and the gold was gold from Parvaim.  7 He also overlaid the house with gold—the beams, the thresholds and its walls and its doors;  and he carved cherubim on the walls.

8 Now he made the room of the holy of holies:  its length across the width of the house was twenty cubits, and its width was twenty cubits;  and he overlaid it with fine gold, amounting to 600 talents.  9 The weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold.  He also overlaid the upper rooms with gold.

10 Then he made two sculptured cherubim in the room of the holy of holies and overlaid them with gold.”  2 Chronicles chapter 3:  Verses 1 and 5-10.

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Solomon built a magnificent house for the LORD with a lot of gold and precious stones.

The LORD built a far more magnificent city for us with a street of pure gold, walls of precious stones, and gates of pearls.

“And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God.  Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper.  It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels;  and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.  There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west.  And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall.  The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width;  and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles;  its length and width and height are equal.  And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements.  The material of the wall was jasper;  and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.  The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone.  The first foundation stone was jasper;  the second, sapphire;  the third, chalcedony;  the fourth, emerald;  the fifth, sardonyx;  the sixth, sardius;  the seventh, chrysolite;  the eighth, beryl;  the ninth, topaz;  the tenth, chrysoprase;  the eleventh, jacinth;  the twelfth, amethyst.  And the twelve gates were twelve pearls;  each one of the gates was a single pearl.  And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.”  Revelation 21:10-21.

So, why are we so wrapped up in what man does?

“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.  For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”  Colossians 3:2-4.

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