All people of the earth

I Kings 8:43 Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.

When Solomon dedicated the temple, he asked God to allow people from all over the world to be able to call on Him. Solomon wanted all the earth to know the name of God. He wanted all to know who God was, to fear Him, to worship Him.

Notice that Solomon was concerned for the world. He wants the world to be able to call on the God of heaven. He doesn’t want the temple to be a place where only Jews can call on the Lord.

Solomon asks God to answer the stranger’s prayer. I love how an Old Testament king is concerned about world evangelism. How concerned are we that all be able to call on His name.

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