God wants to have a strong bond with us.

2 Chronicles 27

One of the few accomplishments of King Jotham that is recorded in the Bible is this: "Jotham rebuilt the Upper Gate of the temple of the Lord and did extensive work on the wall at the hill of Ophel." (vs 3) Of course, any time anyone in Judah had regard for God’s temple, that was a good sign, but Bible scholars suggest that working on the "Upper Gate" of the temple means that Jotham rebuilt and restored the link between the temple and the palace in order to have free access from his house to God’s house.

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If you’ll remember from yesterday’s chapter, Jotham’s father Uzziah had seriously misunderstood the link between the temple and the palace. At one point in his life, he entered the palace in order to bolster his royal authority. From the very beginning of this chapter, however, the author makes it clear that Jotham didn’t want to follow in those particular footsteps of his father. Still, he wanted there to be a strong bond between his palace and the Lord’s temple.

And the reason I believe this event got recorded in the Bible is because a strong bond between our house and God’s house is also important to God. He wants us to be drawn into a deeper relationship with Him, to benefit from keeping the lines of communication between us open and strong. That is the easiest channel through which His blessings may flow to us.

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Photo © Unsplash/Liv Bruce