Building Solid Christian Home

Written by Richard Thomas / October 04, 2012

 

Psalm 127:1   “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it…”

This psalm is accredited to Solomon - the king who made his father’s dream a reality by building a permanent dwelling for the Ark of the Covenant in Jerusalem.  Solomon was endowed with the wisdom and understanding to make Yahweh the focal point of every undertaking.

The Ark of the Covenant was a box made of acacia wood lined inside and out with pure gold.  Its purpose was to contain three articles of testimony.

 

1.      The Law on two stone tablets {Deuteronomy 10:3-5] The foundation for rule and authority!

2.      One golden jar of Manna - the bread that came down from Heaven {Exodus 16:33] Provision!

3.      Aaron's rod resurrected by the Word of God {Numbers 17: 1-10] Eternal life!

[All three references above may be found together in Hebrews 9:4]


Three and a half centuries later the temple that shouted "Emmanuel" to the world and the city of the great king was reduced to a pile of smoldering rubble due to neglect of God's Word.  As an observation and warning 2 Chronicles 36:15&16 tells us - "The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them through His messengers again and again, because He had pity on His people and His dwelling place.  But they mocked God's messengers, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against His people and there was no remedy."

How can we be sure we are not laboring in vain?  The apostle Paul has the answer in his letter to the Colossians 3:12 -17.

[Matthew 16:15} Jesus asking His disciples who they say He is.  Peter was credited as a vessel of the Father's voice when he said, "You are the Christ, the Son of God."  This nugget of truth would become the foundation for the body of Christ - the corporate body of  Christ followers. 

The apostle Paul states in 1 Corinthians 3:10-11 that there is no other foundation strong enough to build upon that can never be moved.

"How firm a foundation ye saints of the Lord

Is laid for your faith in His excellent word..."