每日诗歌: 新造的人 （https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKeB7Yd5iRI）
几年前，我们全家前往巴黎度假。这是一个充满了文化和历史的美丽城市，并且我们在一起有一段美好的时光。我们参观的名胜之一是卢浮宫，这是一家著名的艺术博物馆，收藏着许多世界著名的艺术作品。其中最著名的作品是达芬奇的名画 - 蒙娜丽莎。这个画并不大，却有很多人排队从远处观赏。这几乎就像整个展厅，或者甚至是整个卢浮宫，是为展放这件杰作而建造的。
所罗门的圣殿，正如我们昨天所读的，被建造得如此奢华，也是为了放置一样东西 - 约柜。就像所罗门所说：“神果真住在地上吗？”（8:27），天和天上的天，尚且不足他居住的！神已将这殿分别为圣，使他的名永远住在其中（9:3）。和他的名一起，他的眼、他的心也必常在那里。这是什么意思呢？
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Luke 23:39-56 [Read]
Several years ago, my family went to Paris for vacation. It’s a beautiful city filled with culture and history, and we had a wonderful time together. One of the sites we visited was Louvre, the famous art museum which was the home for many world renowned art pieces. The most famous item among them was the painting by Leonardo da Vinci – Mona Lisa. It’s not a very big painting at all, but many people lined up to view it from distance. It’s almost like the entire showroom, or even the entire Louvre, was built to hold that masterpiece.
The temple of Solomon, as extravagant as we read in yesterday’s passage, was also built to hold one thing – the Ark of the Covenant. Just like Solomon said: “will God really dwell on earth?” (8:27) Not even the highest heaven could contain him! The temple was consecrated by God, and he put his Name there forever (9:3). Along with his name, his eyes and his heart would always be there as well. What does this mean?
The center of the temple was the Ark of the Covenant, which housed the two tablets made by Moses and inscribed by God. It’s the covenant between God and his people, the nation of Israel. It represents the promise sworn by God, and God will never change that (Heb 6:18). Because of that covenant, man can come before God and ask for mercy and grace (his heart). As Solomon repeatedly pointed out in his prayer, God would hear the prayer, examine (his eyes) our heart, and forgive (8:30, 34, 36, 39). Even the foreigners who did not belong to Israel could come (8:41), and God would listen, not for their sake, but for the sake of his own name (8:43). His name means his faithfulness and loving kindness.
The extravagant temple is long gone, and nobody knows where the Ark is now. That matters little, for the temple has been rebuilt and the covenant still exists. In one sense, the temple is the body of our Lord (John 2:21) and through him we may come before God and ask for mercy. In another sense, our body is the temple (1 Cor 6:19) and the Holy Spirit as the seal of the covenant resides in us believers. Like the Louvre for Mona Lisa, our whole being shall then exist for the purpose of that masterpiece, the Covenant of God.
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