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    October 21, 2014

    We Beheld His Glory…

    And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

    There is an amazing difference in our main capitol building between the regular session and the rest of the year. During the regular session the halls are packed as legislators, staff, and lobbyists gather to do the work of our state government. Almost every day is a special day recognizing various groups, organizations, schools, or universities. Representatives will line the hallways with displays and demonstrations. On many days there are concerts and presentations. It is very different when session is not in. The grand hallways are empty and eerily silent. Often you can visit and be the only person walking around the rotunda.

    In very (VERY) small way, this might remind us a truth found in the Bible. In the Old Testament we read of how at the dedication of both the Tabernacle and the Temple, the glory of the Lord filled the building (Exodus 40; 2 Chronicles 5). Later we read how, because of Israel’s sin and idolatry, God’s glory left the temple (Ezekiel 10). Can we even imagine the difference that would have noted by the people of that generation?

    This, as with all the Old Testament, points us to Jesus Christ. It is in Him that the glory of God has returned to dwell among sinful people. It is through Him, that sinful people can approach a Holy God.

    This is the message we are sharing at this month’s interim Bible study at the West Virginia state capitol. Please pray for us as we meet and as the notes are distributed throughout the statehouse.

    Tim Pauley

    Ministry Director, West Virginia