Friday, June 16th, '17
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of huge dressed stones...sawn back and front, from foundation to coping..." (1
Kings 7:9 Moffatt)
This is a description of the elegance and
excellence that went into all of King Solomon's architectures. Everything was
huge. Oh yea, there was some ego involved. But he also desired the very best
for the One worthy of his best. "Dressed stones"; every building block cut like
a jeweler's stone, sanded, buffed, polished and etched. It was ornate from
cornerstone to capstone, from the foundation, the concrete slab, to coping,
"the eaves" (NKJV), that is, the highest roof edge. It would have made a great
bus tour but of course all crashed to dust when the Babylonians attacked.
How does that apply to us? We are the temple
of God (2 Corinthians 6:16). God is doing a "big" work within us, huge,
awesome! Solomon's lime rocks were "sawn back and front". We too are getting
worked over from both directions. The trials and tests cut deep but all is
creating beauty, structure and strength. The foundation is Christ (1
Corinthians 3:11). Built upon rock, "the stream beat vehemently against that
house, and could not shake it..." (Luke 6:48) We have an unshakeable kingdom.
Roots go down before shoots go up and fruits go out. We need teaching that is foundational.
The text puts first things first, "from foundation to coping". The builder
never starts with wallpaper and works his way back to studs and floor joists.
Life needs structure and discipline before it needs other accoutrements.
"Is this not the carpenter?" (Mark 6:3) Yes,
Jesus is the carpenter and He still cuts, hammers, fits and crafts stonework
today. But He revels in detail and artistry, spending as much time on the
coping as on the footings, as well, all the décor between. Coping is the fancy
part, the stylistic. Coping allows the carpenter freedom to express his own
taste and talent. Thank God every house isn't a clone of the neighbors'. When
the coping, the upper trim-work is done then the temple is complete. The
Author, at foundation level, will be the Finisher of our faith, at the coping
level. He doesn't tire with the building project though it takes decades to
finish. To be like Him, we too must mind the details both great and small. In
every project we take on, remember, there is a foundation that needs bulk and a
coping that needs beauty.