The Queen of Versailles is a documentary about the Siegels, a wealthy American couple who set out to build the largest single home in America. The Siegels and Solomon had one thing in common; God allowed both almost unimaginable wealth. The key difference was that Solomon sought the wisdom of God over personal wealth and gain. Our American mogul used his wealth to build a monument to his success.
Solomon amasses vast resources in building “a temple for the Name of the Lord and a royal palace for himself” 2Chronicles 2:1. The results were stunning. The Temple reflected the beauty and mystery of heaven, the glory and goodness of God. Tragically, all this beauty, wealth, work and effort became dust. It took centuries for Israel’s story to unfold. Spoiler alert: it took a few short years for things to fall apart for the Siegels.
The writer of Hebrews brings a happy ending to our story. The Temple, in all its grandeur, was a whisper of things to come. Rituals and blood sacrifice were incomplete in cleansing us so we could stand in the presence of our Holy God. No physical home, place of worship or ritual can meet our souls’ need. It’s only in the shelter of Christ’s love and sacrifice for us that we find our place of rest.
He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption…How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences form the acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! Hebrews 9:12, 14
Lord, thank you for the shelter of your presence. Thank you that in you, I am made whole; sin and shame have no hold on me. With you, I rest. I need no other home. Amen