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TITLE: Worth the asking price
By David McArdle
03/14/08
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A devotional thought on the almug tree
Worth the asking price

“The king made of the almug trees supports for the house of the Lord and for the king's house, also lyres and harps for the singers … “ [1 Kings 10.12 NASB]

It is in India alone, that the almug tree grew to a height of between 30-35 feet. Tradition says that it was highly prized for its colour, fragrance, durability and texture.

The skilled craftsmen and joiners, among the Israelites and also Hiram’s own tradesmen, would have shaped, developed and polished the almug tree into a vast number of supporting beams, both for the Temple of the Lord and Solomon’s own dwelling place.

Do you ever think that you have nothing or very little to contribute to the work of the Lord, to the extent that you could make a tangible difference among so many talented people?

Think again.

The king himself, not the talented and highly gifted workmen, chose the almug tree, which was suitable for carving and created praise instruments, for service in the house of the Lord.

Your life is currently being specifically hand-made to create a vessel for His glory, which, when handled correctly, will continually reverberate with His praises, new and old, day by day.

Furthermore, the almug tree was also prepared and manufactured into the steps which led up to the Temple of the Lord and the terraces, along which the people walked from wonder to ever increasing wonder.

It cost the Lord everything He had to purchase you. Consequently, you are now a tower of strength in the house of the Lord and a good and faithful support for other people.

When they really get to know you, not only will you be a stepping stone to Jesus, but your demeanour will be like one of these incredibly beautiful and highly polished terraces, and as people walk along with you, they will come to variously shaped entrances, which will lead them into places of previously unheard and unknown wisdom and knowledge, and as this experience continues unabated, the handiwork of the Lord, the sound of praise, will continue to permeate the environment.

It is then that He will whisper, “You are worth everything I paid to purchase you”. [David McArdle]
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