Archive for November 2016

I Kings 8:31-40

As Solomon continues to pray before the awesome presence of the Lord in this new Temple his requests grow rather surprising.  Solomon prays for justice and mercy. Solomon recognizes that this Temple is going to become the place of justice, justice that is accomplished by God himself.   In verses 31-32 we see a man…

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I Kings 8:22-30

As I read this prayer of Solomon’s at the dedication of the Temple I find myself trying to envision the scene.  The priests have just come flying out of the building, driven out by the intense presence of the living God.  I see Solomon on the front steps, standing before the people, lifting up his…

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I Kings 8:1-21

The Temple is built, but it is just a building until the presence of the Lord fills the place.  I Kings 8 records this very thing happening.  The Ark of the Covenant is the specific place upon which God promised He would focus His presence and, as the Ark is brought into the Temple, we…

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I Kings 7:13-51

This reading logs, in great detail, the ornate decoration of Solomon’s Temple, as well as the various articles and furnishing that went inside this amazing structure.  When reading such a long, complex passage like this, I usually try to zero in on one particular detail that catches my attention. In this passage that means the…

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I Kings 7:1-12

Well, it would seem that Solomon was just getting going, once he had built the great Temple of the Lord.  It took him 7 years to build that, but 13 years to build his own house.  And if the Temple was built with lavish detail, it seems as nothing compared with the fanciness of his…

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I Kings 6:23-38

I find it rather interesting to start thinking about the dimensions of the great Temple to God built by Solomon.  There was more to it than this, but the main sanctuary was roughly the size of the main fellowship hall section of our new building, the Temple being 90 feet long and 30 feet wide.…

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I Kings 6:11-22

Two things are mentioned in our reading today.  What is your opinion on which one is the most important?  And if we were building a house for God today, which one would generate the most interest and the most attention? First, there is the call of God to Solomon to keep the covenant that existed…

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I Kings 6:1-10

The Temple in Jerusalem was a great and amazing building.  On the one hand, it made permanent the location of worship.  But on the other hand, nothing really changed, since everything that was commanded for the worship of God was contained in the portable tent which Moses had built, called the Tabernacle.  Can you imagine…

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I Kings 5:1-18

I Kings 18 is intended to communicate to us the greatness of King Solomon and his reign.  We are given all kinds of numbers and logistics and details showing the massive scale with which Solomon approached the task of building the Temple.  Solomon thought and planned on a grand scale, building one of the great…

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I Kings 3:16-28

Ok, I have to admit that this story in I Kings 3 just does not work for me.  I know it is designed to function as an example of Solomon’s new wisdom, and I do believe that it does, but it seems as though it does not really work. What are my problems with the…

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