Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Solomon's temple was indeed magnificent when one considers the brass, the silver, and the gold contained within it. For seven years men crafted the temple, with no budget considerations and an unlimited source of building materials. This house was the most magnificent edifice ever created by any human being, before or since.

For all the beauty and greatness of Solomon's house, however, "the Most High doesn't live in temples made by human hands" (Acts 7:48). To think that God would be tied down to any building, temple, denomination, or culture is ridiculous! We are not building an earthly temple for God, but a spiritual temple. God has chosen to live in human hearts, and the temple we are constructing is made of living stones (1 Peter 2:5)- believers from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation.

Someone once told a story of three men who were working side-by-side laying brick. When asked, "What are you doing?" one answered, "Laying brick." Another answered, "Raising a wall." The last answered, "Building a great cathedral."

Lord, give us spiritual vision to see that we are building the greatest temple in the universe: the Church of Jesus Christ!

1 Kings 7:1-51

Solomon Builds His Palace

It took Solomon thirteen years, however, to complete the construction of his palace.S 2Sa 7:2He built the PalaceS 2Sa 7:2 of the Forest of Lebanon1Ki 10:17; 2Ch 9:16; Isa 22:8; 37:24; Jer 22:6, 23 a hundred cubits long, fifty wide and thirty high,That is, about 150 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high or about 45 meters long, 23 meters wide and 14 meters high with four rows of cedar columns supporting trimmed cedar beams.It was roofed with cedar above the beams that rested on the columns—forty-five beams, fifteen to a row.Its windows were placed high in sets of three, facing each other.All the doorways had rectangular frames; they were in the front part in sets of three, facing each other.The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.

He made a colonnade fifty cubits long and thirty wide.That is, about 75 feet long and 45 feet wide or about 23 meters long and 14 meters wide In front of it was a portico, and in front of that were pillars and an overhanging roof.

He built the throne hall, the Hall of Justice, where he was to judge,1Sa 7:15; Ps 122:5; Pr 20:8 and he covered it with cedar from floor to ceiling.Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew floor1Ki 6:15And the palace in which he was to live, set farther back, was similar in design. Solomon also made a palace like this hall for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom he had married.S 1Ki 3:1

All these structures, from the outside to the great courtyard and from foundation to eaves, were made of blocks of high-grade stone cut to size and smoothed on their inner and outer faces.10 The foundations were laid with large stones of good quality, some measuring ten cubitsThat is, about 15 feet or about 4.5 meters; also in verse 23 and some eight.That is, about 12 feet or about 3.6 meters11 Above were high-grade stones, cut to size, and cedar beams.12 The great courtyard was surrounded by a wall of three coursesS 1Ki 6:36 of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams, as was the inner courtyard of the temple of the Lord with its portico.

The Temple’s Furnishings7:23-26pp — 2Ch 4:2-57:38-51pp — 2Ch 4:6, 10–5:1

13 King Solomon sent to Tyre and brought Huram,Hebrew Hiram, a variant of Huram; also in verses 40 and 45ver 45; 2Ch 2:13; 4:1614 whose mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali and whose father was from Tyre and a skilled craftsman in bronze. Huram was filled with wisdom,Ex 31:2-5; S 35:31 with understanding and with knowledge to do all kinds of bronze work. He came to King Solomon and did all2Ch 4:11, 16 the work assigned to him.

15 He cast two bronze pillars,2Ki 11:14; 23:3; 25:17; 2Ch 3:15; 23:13; 34:31; Jer 27:19; 52:17, 21; Eze 40:49 each eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits in circumference.That is, about 27 feet high and 18 feet in circumference or about 8.1 meters high and 5.4 meters in circumference16 He also made two capitalsver 20, 42; 2Ki 25:17; Jer 52:22 of cast bronze to set on the tops of the pillars; each capital was five cubitsThat is, about 7 1/2 feet or about 2.3 meters; also in verse 23 high.17 A network of interwoven chains adorned the capitals on top of the pillars, seven for each capital.18 He made pomegranates in two rowsTwo Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts made the pillars, and there were two rows encircling each network to decorate the capitals on top of the pillars.Many Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts pomegranates He did the same for each capital.19 The capitals on top of the pillars in the portico were in the shape of lilies, four cubitsThat is, about 6 feet or about 1.8 meters; also in verse 38 high.20 On the capitals of both pillars, above the bowl-shaped part next to the network, were the two hundred pomegranatesver 18; 2Ch 3:16; 4:13 in rows all around.21 He erected the pillars at the portico of the temple. The pillar to the south he named JakinJakin probably means he establishes. and the one to the north Boaz.Boaz probably means in him is strength.2Ch 3:1722 The capitals on top were in the shape of lilies. And so the work on the pillars2Ki 25:17 was completed.

23 He made the Seaver 47; 2Ki 25:13; 1Ch 18:8; 2Ch 4:18; Jer 52:17; Rev 4:6 of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubits high. It took a lineJer 31:39; Zec 2:1 of thirty cubitsThat is, about 45 feet or about 14 meters to measure around it.24 Below the rim, gourds encircled it—ten to a cubit. The gourds were cast in two rows in one piece with the Sea.

25 The Sea stood on twelve bulls,Jer 52:20 three facing north, three facing west, three facing south and three facing east. The Sea rested on top of them, and their hindquarters were toward the center.26 It was a handbreadthThat is, about 3 inches or about 7.5 centimeters in thickness, and its rim was like the rim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It held two thousand baths.That is, about 12,000 gallons or about 44,000 liters; the Septuagint does not have this sentence.

27 He also made ten movable stands2Ki 16:17 of bronze; each was four cubits long, four wide and three high.That is, about 6 feet long and wide and about 4 1/2 feet high or about 1.8 meters long and wide and 1.4 meters high28 This is how the stands were made: They had side panels attached to uprights.29 On the panels between the uprights were lions, bulls and cherubim—and on the uprights as well. Above and below the lions and bulls were wreaths of hammered work.30 Each stand2Ki 16:17 had four bronze wheels with bronze axles, and each had a basin resting on four supports, cast with wreaths on each side.31 On the inside of the stand there was an opening that had a circular frame one cubitThat is, about 18 inches or about 45 centimeters deep. This opening was round, and with its basework it measured a cubit and a half.That is, about 2 1/4 feet or about 68 centimeters; also in verse 32 Around its opening there was engraving. The panels of the stands were square, not round.32 The four wheels were under the panels, and the axles of the wheels were attached to the stand. The diameter of each wheel was a cubit and a half.33 The wheels were made like chariot wheels; the axles, rims, spokes and hubs were all of cast metal.

34 Each stand had four handles, one on each corner, projecting from the stand.35 At the top of the stand there was a circular band half a cubitThat is, about 9 inches or about 23 centimeters deep. The supports and panels were attached to the top of the stand.36 He engraved cherubim, lions and palm trees on the surfaces of the supports and on the panels, in every available space, with wreaths all around.37 This is the way he made the ten stands. They were all cast in the same molds and were identical in size and shape.

38 He then made ten bronze basins,S Ex 30:18 each holding forty bathsThat is, about 240 gallons or about 880 liters and measuring four cubits across, one basin to go on each of the ten stands.39 He placed five of the stands on the south side of the temple and five on the north. He placed the Sea on the south side, at the southeast corner of the temple.40 He also made the potsMany Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac and Vulgate (see also verse 45 and 2 Chron. 4:11); many other Hebrew manuscripts basins and shovels and sprinkling bowls.S Ex 27:3; Jer 52:18

So Huram finished all the work he had undertaken for King Solomon in the temple of the Lord:

41 the two pillars;

the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;

the two sets of network decorating the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;

42 the four hundred pomegranates for the two sets of network (two rows of pomegranates for each network decorating the bowl-shaped capitalsS ver 16 on top of the pillars);

43 the ten stands with their ten basins;

44 the Sea and the twelve bulls under it;

45 the pots, shovels and sprinkling bowls.S Ex 27:3; Jer 52:18

All these objects that HuramS ver 13 made for King Solomon for the temple of the Lord were of burnished bronze.46 The king had them cast in clay molds in the plainS Ge 13:10 of the Jordan between SukkothS Ge 33:17 and Zarethan.Jos 3:1647 Solomon left all these things unweighed,1Ch 22:3; Jer 52:20 because there were so many;Ex 36:5-7 the weight of the bronzeS ver 23 was not determined.

48 Solomon also made allEx 39:32-43 the furnishings that were in the Lord’s temple:

the golden altar;

the golden tableS Ex 25:23 on which was the bread of the Presence;S Ex 25:30

49 the lampstandsS Ex 25:31-38 of pure gold (five on the right and five on the left, in front of the inner sanctuary);

the gold floral work and lamps and tongs;

50 the pure gold basins, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, dishesS Nu 7:14 and censers;2Ki 25:13; Jer 52:19

and the gold sockets for the doors of the innermost room, the Most Holy Place, and also for the doors of the main hall of the temple.

51 When all the work King Solomon had done for the temple of the Lord was finished, he brought in the things his father David had dedicatedS 2Sa 8:11—the silver and gold and the furnishings2Ki 12:13; 24:13; Jer 27:19—and he placed them in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple.

Solomon Builds His Palace

Solomon also built a palace for himself, and it took him thirteen years to complete the construction.

One of Solomon’s buildings was called the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. It was 150 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.Hebrew 100 cubits [46 meters] long, 50 cubits [23 meters] wide, and 30 cubits [13.8 meters] high. There were four rows of cedar pillars, and great cedar beams rested on the pillars.The hall had a cedar roof. Above the beams on the pillars were forty-five side rooms,Or 45 rafters, or 45 beams, or 45 pillars. The architectural details in 7:2-6 can be interpreted in many different ways. arranged in three tiers of fifteen each.On each end of the long hall were three rows of windows facing each other.All the doorways and doorpostsGreek version reads windows. had rectangular frames and were arranged in sets of three, facing each other.

Solomon also built the Hall of Pillars, which was 75 feet long and 45 feet wide.Hebrew 50 cubits [23 meters] long and 30 cubits [13.8 meters] wide. There was a porch in front, along with a canopy supported by pillars.

Solomon also built the throne room, known as the Hall of Justice, where he sat to hear legal matters. It was paneled with cedar from floor to ceiling.As in Syriac version and Latin Vulgate; Hebrew reads from floor to floor.Solomon’s living quarters surrounded a courtyard behind this hall, and they were constructed the same way. He also built similar living quarters for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom he had married.

From foundation to eaves, all these buildings were built from huge blocks of high-quality stone, cut with saws and trimmed to exact measure on all sides.10 Some of the huge foundation stones were 15 feet long, and some were 12 feetHebrew 10 cubits [4.6 meters] . . . 8 cubits [3.7 meters]. long.11 The blocks of high-quality stone used in the walls were also cut to measure, and cedar beams were also used.12 The walls of the great courtyard were built so that there was one layer of cedar beams between every three layers of finished stone, just like the walls of the inner courtyard of the Lord’s Temple with its entry room.

Furnishings for the Temple

13 King Solomon then asked for a man named HuramHebrew Hiram (also in 7:40, 45); compare 2 Chr 2:13. This is not the same person mentioned in 5:1. to come from Tyre.14 He was half Israelite, since his mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father had been a craftsman in bronze from Tyre. Huram was extremely skillful and talented in any work in bronze, and he came to do all the metal work for King Solomon.

15 Huram cast two bronze pillars, each 27 feet tall and 18 feet in circumference.Hebrew 18 cubits [8.3 meters] tall and 12 cubits [5.5 meters] in circumference.16 For the tops of the pillars he cast bronze capitals, each 7 1⁄2 feetHebrew 5 cubits [2.3 meters]. tall.17 Each capital was decorated with seven sets of latticework and interwoven chains.18 He also encircled the latticework with two rows of pomegranates to decorate the capitals over the pillars.19 The capitals on the columns inside the entry room were shaped like water lilies, and they were six feetHebrew 4 cubits [1.8 meters]; also in 7:38. tall.20 The capitals on the two pillars had 200 pomegranates in two rows around them, beside the rounded surface next to the latticework.21 Huram set the pillars at the entrance of the Temple, one toward the south and one toward the north. He named the one on the south Jakin, and the one on the north Boaz.Jakin probably means “he establishes”; Boaz probably means “in him is strength.”22 The capitals on the pillars were shaped like water lilies. And so the work on the pillars was finished.

23 Then Huram cast a great round basin, 15 feet across from rim to rim, called the Sea. It was 7 1⁄2 feet deep and about 45 feet in circumference.Hebrew 10 cubits [4.6 meters] across. . . . 5 cubits [2.3 meters] deep and 30 cubits [13.8 meters] in circumference.24 It was encircled just below its rim by two rows of decorative gourds. There were about six gourds per footOr 20 gourds per meter; Hebrew reads 10 per cubit. all the way around, and they were cast as part of the basin.

25 The Sea was placed on a base of twelve bronze oxen,Hebrew 12 oxen; compare 2 Kgs 16:17, which specifies bronze oxen. all facing outward. Three faced north, three faced west, three faced south, and three faced east, and the Sea rested on them.26 The walls of the Sea were about three inchesHebrew a handbreadth [8 centimeters]. thick, and its rim flared out like a cup and resembled a water lily blossom. It could hold about 11,000 gallonsHebrew 2,000 baths [42 kiloliters]. of water.

27 Huram also made ten bronze water carts, each 6 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 4 1⁄2 feet tall.Hebrew 4 cubits [1.8 meters] long, 4 cubits wide, and 3 cubits [1.4 meters] high.28 They were constructed with side panels braced with crossbars.29 Both the panels and the crossbars were decorated with carved lions, oxen, and cherubim. Above and below the lions and oxen were wreath decorations.30 Each of these carts had four bronze wheels and bronze axles. There were supporting posts for the bronze basins at the corners of the carts; these supports were decorated on each side with carvings of wreaths.31 The top of each cart had a rounded frame for the basin. It projected 1 1⁄2 feetHebrew a cubit [46 centimeters]. above the cart’s top like a round pedestal, and its opening was 2 1⁄4 feetHebrew 1 1⁄2 cubits [69 centimeters]; also in 7:32. across; it was decorated on the outside with carvings of wreaths. The panels of the carts were square, not round.32 Under the panels were four wheels that were connected to axles that had been cast as one unit with the cart. The wheels were 2 1⁄4 feet in diameter33 and were similar to chariot wheels. The axles, spokes, rims, and hubs were all cast from molten bronze.

34 There were handles at each of the four corners of the carts, and these, too, were cast as one unit with the cart.35 Around the top of each cart was a rim nine inches wide.Hebrew half a cubit wide [23 centimeters]. The corner supports and side panels were cast as one unit with the cart.36 Carvings of cherubim, lions, and palm trees decorated the panels and corner supports wherever there was room, and there were wreaths all around.37 All ten water carts were the same size and were made alike, for each was cast from the same mold.

38 Huram also made ten smaller bronze basins, one for each cart. Each basin was six feet across and could hold 220 gallonsHebrew 40 baths [840 liters]. of water.39 He set five water carts on the south side of the Temple and five on the north side. The great bronze basin called the Sea was placed near the southeast corner of the Temple.40 He also made the necessary washbasins, shovels, and bowls.

So at last Huram completed everything King Solomon had assigned him to make for the Temple of the Lord:

41 the two pillars;

the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;

the two networks of interwoven chains that decorated the capitals;

42 the 400 pomegranates that hung from the chains on the capitals (two rows of pomegranates for each of the chain networks that decorated the capitals on top of the pillars);

43 the ten water carts holding the ten basins;

44 the Sea and the twelve oxen under it;

45 the ash buckets, the shovels, and the bowls.

Huram made all these things of burnished bronze for the Temple of the Lord, just as King Solomon had directed.46 The king had them cast in clay molds in the Jordan Valley between Succoth and Zarethan.47 Solomon did not weigh all these things because there were so many; the weight of the bronze could not be measured.

48 Solomon also made all the furnishings of the Temple of the Lord:

the gold altar;

the gold table for the Bread of the Presence;

49 the lampstands of solid gold, five on the south and five on the north, in front of the Most Holy Place;

the flower decorations, lamps, and tongs—all of gold;

50 the small bowls, lamp snuffers, bowls, ladles, and incense burners—all of solid gold;

the doors for the entrances to the Most Holy Place and the main room of the Temple, with their fronts overlaid with gold.

51 So King Solomon finished all his work on the Temple of the Lord. Then he brought all the gifts his father, David, had dedicated—the silver, the gold, and the various articles—and he stored them in the treasuries of the Lord’s Temple.

But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.

He built also the house of the forest of Lebanon; the length thereof was an hundred cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits, upon four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars.

And it was covered with cedar above upon the beams, that lay on forty five pillars, fifteen in a row.

And there were windows in three rows, and light was against light in three ranks.

And all the doors and posts were square, with the windows: and light was against light in three ranks.

And he made a porch of pillars; the length thereof was fifty cubits, and the breadth thereof thirty cubits: and the porch was before them: and the other pillars and the thick beam were before them.

Then he made a porch for the throne where he might judge, even the porch of judgment: and it was covered with cedar from one side of the floor to the other.

And his house where he dwelt had another court within the porch, which was of the like work. Solomon made also an house for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had taken to wife, like unto this porch.

All these were of costly stones, according to the measures of hewed stones, sawed with saws, within and without, even from the foundation unto the coping, and so on the outside toward the great court.

10 And the foundation was of costly stones, even great stones, stones of ten cubits, and stones of eight cubits.

11 And above were costly stones, after the measures of hewed stones, and cedars.

12 And the great court round about was with three rows of hewed stones, and a row of cedar beams, both for the inner court of the house of the Lord, and for the porch of the house.

13 And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.

14 He was a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.

15 For he cast two pillars of brass, of eighteen cubits high apiece: and a line of twelve cubits did compass either of them about.

16 And he made two chapiters of molten brass, to set upon the tops of the pillars: the height of the one chapiter was five cubits, and the height of the other chapiter was five cubits:

17 And nets of checker work, and wreaths of chain work, for the chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars; seven for the one chapiter, and seven for the other chapiter.

18 And he made the pillars, and two rows round about upon the one network, to cover the chapiters that were upon the top, with pomegranates: and so did he for the other chapiter.

19 And the chapiters that were upon the top of the pillars were of lily work in the porch, four cubits.

20 And the chapiters upon the two pillars had pomegranates also above, over against the belly which was by the network: and the pomegranates were two hundred in rows round about upon the other chapiter.

21 And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin: and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz.

22 And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work of the pillars finished.

23 And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.

24 And under the brim of it round about there were knops compassing it, ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about: the knops were cast in two rows, when it was cast.

25 It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward.

26 And it was an hand breadth thick, and the brim thereof was wrought like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies: it contained two thousand baths.

27 And he made ten bases of brass; four cubits was the length of one base, and four cubits the breadth thereof, and three cubits the height of it.

28 And the work of the bases was on this manner: they had borders, and the borders were between the ledges:

29 And on the borders that were between the ledges were lions, oxen, and cherubims: and upon the ledges there was a base above: and beneath the lions and oxen were certain additions made of thin work.

30 And every base had four brasen wheels, and plates of brass: and the four corners thereof had undersetters: under the laver were undersetters molten, at the side of every addition.

31 And the mouth of it within the chapiter and above was a cubit: but the mouth thereof was round after the work of the base, a cubit and an half: and also upon the mouth of it were gravings with their borders, foursquare, not round.

32 And under the borders were four wheels; and the axletrees of the wheels were joined to the base: and the height of a wheel was a cubit and half a cubit.

33 And the work of the wheels was like the work of a chariot wheel: their axletrees, and their naves, and their felloes, and their spokes, were all molten.

34 And there were four undersetters to the four corners of one base: and the undersetters were of the very base itself.

35 And in the top of the base was there a round compass of half a cubit high: and on the top of the base the ledges thereof and the borders thereof were of the same.

36 For on the plates of the ledges thereof, and on the borders thereof, he graved cherubims, lions, and palm trees, according to the proportion of every one, and additions round about.

37 After this manner he made the ten bases: all of them had one casting, one measure, and one size.

38 Then made he ten lavers of brass: one laver contained forty baths: and every laver was four cubits: and upon every one of the ten bases one laver.

39 And he put five bases on the right side of the house, and five on the left side of the house: and he set the sea on the right side of the house eastward over against the south.

40 And Hiram made the lavers, and the shovels, and the basons. So Hiram made an end of doing all the work that he made king Solomon for the house of the Lord:

41 The two pillars, and the two bowls of the chapiters that were on the top of the two pillars; and the two networks, to cover the two bowls of the chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars;

42 And four hundred pomegranates for the two networks, even two rows of pomegranates for one network, to cover the two bowls of the chapiters that were upon the pillars;

43 And the ten bases, and ten lavers on the bases;

44 And one sea, and twelve oxen under the sea;

45 And the pots, and the shovels, and the basons: and all these vessels, which Hiram made to king Solomon for the house of the Lord, were of bright brass.

46 In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarthan.

47 And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because they were exceeding many: neither was the weight of the brass found out.

48 And Solomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the house of the Lord: the altar of gold, and the table of gold, whereupon the shewbread was,

49 And the candlesticks of pure gold, five on the right side, and five on the left, before the oracle, with the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold,

50 And the bowls, and the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers of pure gold; and the hinges of gold, both for the doors of the inner house, the most holy place, and for the doors of the house, to wit, of the temple.

51 So was ended all the work that king Solomon made for the house of the Lord. And Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated; even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, did he put among the treasures of the house of the Lord.

Acts 7:30-50

30 “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai.31 When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say:Ex 3:1-432 ‘I am the God of your fathers,S Ac 3:13 the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’Exodus 3:6 Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look.Ex 3:6

33 “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.Ex 3:5; Jos 5:1534 I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.’Exodus 3:5,7,8,10Ex 3:7-10

35 “This is the same Moses they had rejected with the words, ‘Who made you ruler and judge?’ver 27 He was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God himself, through the angel who appeared to him in the bush.36 He led them out of EgyptEx 12:41; 33:1 and performed wonders and signsEx 11:10; S Jn 4:48 in Egypt, at the Red SeaEx 14:21 and for forty years in the wilderness.Ex 15:25; 17:5, 6

37 “This is the Moses who told the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your own people.’Deut. 18:15Dt 18:15, 18; Ac 3:2238 He was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angelver 53 who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors;Ex 19:17; Lev 27:34 and he received living wordsDt 32:45-47; Heb 4:12 to pass on to us.Ro 3:2

39 “But our ancestors refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.Nu 14:3, 440 They told Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who led us out of Egypt—we don’t know what has happened to him!’Exodus 32:1Ex 32:1, 2341 That was the time they made an idol in the form of a calf. They brought sacrifices to it and reveled in what their own hands had made.Ex 32:4-6; Ps 106:19, 20; Rev 9:2042 But God turned away from themJos 24:20; Isa 63:10 and gave them over to the worship of the sun, moon and stars.Jer 19:13 This agrees with what is written in the book of the prophets:

“‘Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings

forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?

43 You have taken up the tabernacle of Molek

and the star of your god Rephan,

the idols you made to worship.

Therefore I will send you into exile’Amos 5:25-27 (see Septuagint)Am 5:25-27 beyond Babylon.

44 “Our ancestors had the tabernacle of the covenant lawEx 38:21; Nu 1:50; 17:7 with them in the wilderness. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen.Ex 25:8, 9, 4045 After receiving the tabernacle, our ancestors under Joshua brought it with them when they took the land from the nations God drove out before them.Jos 3:14-17; 18:1; 23:9; 24:18; Ps 44:2 It remained in the land until the time of David,2Sa 7:2, 646 who enjoyed God’s favor and asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob.Some early manuscripts the house of Jacob2Sa 7:8-16; 1Ki 8:17; Ps 132:1-547 But it was Solomon who built a house for him.1Ki 6:1-38

48 “However, the Most HighS Mk 5:7 does not live in houses made by human hands.1Ki 8:27; 2Ch 2:6 As the prophet says:

49 “‘Heaven is my throne,

and the earth is my footstool.Mt 5:34, 35

What kind of house will you build for me?

says the Lord.

Or where will my resting place be?

50 Has not my hand made all these things?’Isaiah 66:1,2Isa 66:1, 2

30 “Forty years later, in the desert near Mount Sinai, an angel appeared to Moses in the flame of a burning bush.31 When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight. As he went to take a closer look, the voice of the Lord called out to him,32 ‘I am the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’ Moses shook with terror and did not dare to look.

33 “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground.34 I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groans and have come down to rescue them. Now go, for I am sending you back to Egypt.’Exod 3:5-10.

35 “So God sent back the same man his people had previously rejected when they demanded, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us?’ Through the angel who appeared to him in the burning bush, God sent Moses to be their ruler and savior.36 And by means of many wonders and miraculous signs, he led them out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, and through the wilderness for forty years.

37 “Moses himself told the people of Israel, ‘God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your own people.’Deut 18:15.38 Moses was with our ancestors, the assembly of God’s people in the wilderness, when the angel spoke to him at Mount Sinai. And there Moses received life-giving words to pass on to us.Some manuscripts read to you.

39 “But our ancestors refused to listen to Moses. They rejected him and wanted to return to Egypt.40 They told Aaron, ‘Make us some gods who can lead us, for we don’t know what has become of this Moses, who brought us out of Egypt.’41 So they made an idol shaped like a calf, and they sacrificed to it and celebrated over this thing they had made.42 Then God turned away from them and abandoned them to serve the stars of heaven as their gods! In the book of the prophets it is written,

‘Was it to me you were bringing sacrifices and offerings

during those forty years in the wilderness, Israel?

43 No, you carried your pagan gods—

the shrine of Molech,

the star of your god Rephan,

and the images you made to worship them.

So I will send you into exile

as far away as Babylon.’Amos 5:25-27 (Greek version).

44 “Our ancestors carried the TabernacleGreek the tent of witness. with them through the wilderness. It was constructed according to the plan God had shown to Moses.45 Years later, when Joshua led our ancestors in battle against the nations that God drove out of this land, the Tabernacle was taken with them into their new territory. And it stayed there until the time of King David.

46 “David found favor with God and asked for the privilege of building a permanent Temple for the God of Jacob.Some manuscripts read the house of Jacob.47 But it was Solomon who actually built it.48 However, the Most High doesn’t live in temples made by human hands. As the prophet says,

49 ‘Heaven is my throne,

and the earth is my footstool.

Could you build me a temple as good as that?’

asks the Lord.

‘Could you build me such a resting place?

50 Didn’t my hands make both heaven and earth?’Isa 66:1-2.

30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.

31 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him,

32 Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.

33 Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground.

34 I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.

35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.

36 He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.

37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.

38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,

40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

42 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?

43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen.

45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;

46 Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.

47 But Solomon built him an house.

48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,

49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

50 Hath not my hand made all these things?

Psalm 128:1-6

Psalm 128

A song of ascents.

Blessed are all who fear the Lord,Ps 103:11; S 112:1

who walk in obedience to him.Ps 119:1-3

You will eat the fruit of your labor;S Ps 58:11; 109:11; Isa 3:10

blessings and prosperityS Ge 39:3; Pr 10:22 will be yours.

Your wife will be like a fruitful vineS Ge 49:22

within your house;

your childrenS Job 29:5 will be like olive shootsPs 52:8; 144:12

around your table.

Yes, this will be the blessingS Ps 1:1

for the man who fears the Lord.Ps 112:1

May the Lord bless you from Zion;S Ps 20:2

may you see the prosperity of JerusalemPs 122:9

all the days of your life.

May you live to see your children’s children—S Ge 48:11

peace be on Israel.S Ps 125:5

Psalm 128

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

How joyful are those who fear the Lord

all who follow his ways!

You will enjoy the fruit of your labor.

How joyful and prosperous you will be!

Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine,

flourishing within your home.

Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees

as they sit around your table.

That is the Lord’s blessing

for those who fear him.

May the Lord continually bless you from Zion.

May you see Jerusalem prosper as long as you live.

May you live to enjoy your grandchildren.

May Israel have peace!

128 Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways.

For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.

Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.

The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.

Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.

Proverbs 16:31-33

31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor;Pr 20:29

it is attained in the way of righteousness.

32 Better a patient person than a warrior,

one with self-control than one who takes a city.

33 The lot is castS Lev 16:8; S 1Sa 10:21; Eze 21:21 into the lap,

but its every decision1Sa 14:41 is from the Lord.Jos 7:14; Pr 18:18; 29:26; Jnh 1:7

31 Gray hair is a crown of glory;

it is gained by living a godly life.

32 Better to be patient than powerful;

better to have self-control than to conquer a city.

33 We may throw the dice,Hebrew We may cast lots.

but the Lord determines how they fall.

31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.

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