The Glory of the Lord filled the temple…..and the gospel of Jesus splits a town

25 07 2011

DAY ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-ONE : 1 Kings 7 v. 23 – 8 v. 21; Acts 13 v. 42 – 14 v. 7; Psalm 76 v. 1 – 12


1 KINGS
Solomon Builds The Temple (cont.) – A ‘Sea’ was constructed our of metal – a large bowl/dish, ten cubits from rim to rim, and five high. This ‘Sea’ was set on twelve carved bulls, and it could contain 12,000 bathfulls of water.
Stands were also made out of bronze, with lions, bulls and cherubim within them. Each stand had wheels and four handles (each corner). Then ten bronze basins were made (each holding forty baths).
The ‘Sea’ was placed at the south side of the temple, and the five stands and basins were at the north and five at the south of the temple.
Huram completed all his work – pillars, capitals, 400 pomegranates, ten stands and ten basins, the ‘Sea’ and twelve bulls, ‘the pots, shovels and sprinkling bowls’.
All were made of bronze.
A list is given, also, of the furnishings in the temple :
~ golden altar and table
~ golden lampstands, with their floral work
~ gold dishes, wick trimmers, bowls, dishes
~ gold sockets for the innermost doors
When all was finished, Solomon brought in all those things David had previously dedicated, and these were placed in the temple treasury.

The Ark Brought To The Temple – All the elders of Israel and the tribal heads are summoned, and the ark of the Lord’s covenant is brought. When everyone had arrived, the priest took the ark, and the Tent of Meeting and all the furnishings, and many sheep and cattle were sacrificed.
The priests took the ark of the covenant into the Most Holy Place, the inner sanctuary, placing it beneath the cherubim wings.
‘There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb…’
As the priests left the temple, ‘the cloud filled the temple of the Lord…for the glory of the Lord filled His temple.’
Solomon told everyone that the Lord had said this would happen :
‘I have indeed built a magnificent temple for You, a place for You to dwell for ever.’
Solomon then blesses the people and pronounces :
‘Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who with His own hand has fulfilled what He promised with His own mouth to my father David.’
David had a heart to build a temple, but God prevented him from being the one – ‘but your son, who is your own flesh and blood – he is the one who will build the temple for my Name.’
This day of dedication is about God keeping His promise – making David’s son, Solomon, King of Israel, and the temple completed, a ‘place for the ark’.

Solomon gives God all the glory for keeping His promises when the temple is finally dedicated.
It is a sign and symbol to the nation of Israel of God’s salvation and faithfulness.

ACTS
Paul and Barnabas (cont.) – once finished talking, Paul and Barnabas were about to leave the synagogue, others urged them to return the following Sabbath to tell them more. Some even continued talking with them on the road, and Paul and Barnabas ‘urged them to continue in the grace of God’.
We know nothing of the intervening week, but on the following Sabbath, ‘almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.’
The Jews felt jealous about this popularity, and opposed Paul abusively.
Paul and Barnabas spoke back to them boldly, suggesting that a Jewish rejection of the good news (the ‘Word of God’) would only urge them onwards to share the gospel with Gentiles. The Gentiles are so glad to hear this, and God’s word spread throughout the region. However, the Jews incited opposition  amongst the women of high-standing and the leading men, persecution falls on Paul and Barnabas, and they are driven out of the region, journeying to Iconium.

In Iconium – Paul and Barnabas head again for the synagogue,‘speaking so effectively that a great number of Jews and Gentiles believed.’
Again, opposition was stirred up against them, minds being ‘poisoned‘ against them.
Paul and Barnabas continued, however, speaking boldly and God added miraculous signs and wonders to their message.
Thus the people were divided (as ever) between those who believed in Jesus and others who didn’t. A plot to stone the two of them is hatched, but they are warned and flee to the areas of Lystra and Derbe, ‘where they continued to preach the good news.’

PSALM
One of Asaph’s songs, to be played on string instruments
‘In Judah God is known : His name is great in Israel….
You are resplendent with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game…
Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfil them; let all the neighbouring lands bring gifts to the One to be feared.’

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