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Day 145 – Solomon Builds the Temple


Thoughts and Reflection

Today in the readings we learn the great work from Solomon’s life – building the holy temple of the Lord. The Levites carry the Ark of the Covenant into the sanctuary of the Temple. The Lord honors this event and a cloud of glory fills the space. Solomon prays for wisdom at Gibeon, the former place of worship before the temple was built. His sacrifice is a sign that he is giving his heart to the Lord. Solomon also marries the daughter of Pharaoh. This will increase his own family and enter into alliances with the surrounding nations.

Although Solomon is going to do something unwise. The Lord has given Solomon the wisdom to know the difference between right and wrong. He doesn’t necessarily choose what is right over what is wrong. Like Solomon we might know what is right, but that does not necessarily mean we choose what is right over what is wrong.

We need God’s grace both to know the truth and choose to live it.

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

1 Kings 3

1 Solomon became the son-in-law of Pharaoh king of Egypt; he married Pharaoh’s daughter, and took her to the City of David until he could complete the building of his palace, the Temple of Yahweh and the ramparts of Jerusalem.

2 The people, however, were still sacrificing on the high places, because at that time a dwelling-place for the name of Yahweh had not yet been built.

3 Solomon loved Yahweh: he followed the precepts of his father David, except that he offered sacrifice and incense on the high places.

4 The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, since that was the principal high place — Solomon presented a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.

5 At Gibeon Yahweh appeared to Solomon in a dream during the night. God said, ‘Ask what you would like me to give you.’

6 Solomon replied, ‘You showed most faithful love to your servant David, my father, when he lived his life before you in faithfulness and uprightness and integrity of heart; you have continued this most faithful love to him by allowing a son of his to sit on his throne today.

7 Now, Yahweh my God, you have made your servant king in succession to David my father. But I am a very young man, unskilled in leadership.

8 And here is your servant, surrounded with your people whom you have chosen, a people so numerous that its number cannot be counted or reckoned.

9 So give your servant a heart to understand how to govern your people, how to discern between good and evil, for how could one otherwise govern such a great people as yours?’

10 It pleased Yahweh that Solomon should have asked for this.

11 ‘Since you have asked for this,’ God said, ‘and not asked for long life for yourself or riches or the lives of your enemies but have asked for a discerning judgement for yourself,

12 here and now I do what you ask. I give you a heart wise and shrewd as no one has had before and no one will have after you.

13 What you have not asked I shall give you too: such riches and glory as no other king can match.

14 And I shall give you a long life, if you follow my ways, keeping my laws and commandments, as your father David followed them.’

15 Then Solomon woke up; it had been a dream. He returned to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of Yahweh; he presented burnt offerings and communion sacrifices and held a banquet for all those in his service.

16 Later two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him.

17 ‘If it please you, my lord,’ one of the women said, ‘this woman and I live in the same house, and while she was in the house I gave birth to a child.

18 Now it happened on the third day after my delivery that this woman also gave birth to a child. We were alone together; there was no one else in the house with us; just the two of us in the house.

19 Now one night this woman’s son died; she overlaid him.

20 And in the middle of the night she got up and took my son from beside me while your servant was asleep; she took him in her arms and put her own dead son in mine.

21 When I got up to suckle my child, there he was, dead. But in the morning I looked at him carefully, and he was not the child I had borne at all.’

22 Then the other woman spoke. ‘That is not true! My son is the live one, yours is the dead one’; and the first retorted, ‘That is not true! Your son is the dead one, mine is the live one.’ And so they wrangled before the king.

23 ‘This one says,’ the king observed, ‘ “My son is the one who is alive; your son is dead,” while the other says, “That is not true! Your son is the dead one, mine is the live one.”

24 Bring me a sword,’ said the king; and a sword was brought into the king’s presence.

25 ‘Cut the living child in two,’ the king said, ‘and give half to one, half to the other.’

26 At this the woman who was the mother of the living child addressed the king, for she felt acutely for her son. ‘I beg you, my lord,’ she said, ‘let them give her the live child; on no account let them kill him!’ But the other said, ‘He shall belong to neither of us. Cut him in half!’

27 Then the king gave his decision. ‘Give the live child to the first woman,’ he said, ‘and do not kill him. She is his mother.’

28 All Israel came to hear of the judgement which the king had pronounced and held the king in awe, recognising that he possessed divine wisdom for dispensing justice.

2 Chronicles 4

1 He made a bronze altar, twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide and ten cubits high.

2 He made the Sea of cast metal, ten cubits from rim to rim, circular in shape and five cubits high; a cord thirty cubits long gave the measurement of its girth.

3 Under it and completely encircling it were things like oxen, ten to the cubit round the entire Sea; the oxen were in two rows, of one and the same casting with the rest.

4 It rested on twelve oxen, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, three facing east; on these, their hindquarters all turned inwards, stood the Sea.

5 It was a hand’s breadth in thickness, and its rim was shaped like the rim of a cup-lily-shaped. It could hold three thousand bat.

6 He made ten basins, putting five on the right and five on the left, for washing in; the things to be offered as burnt offerings were to be rinsed in these, but the Sea was for the priests to wash in.

7 He made the ten golden lamp-stands according to the pattern and placed them in the Hekal, five on the right and five on the left.

8 He made ten tables which he set up in the Hekal, five on the right and five on the left. He also made a hundred golden sprinkling bowls.

9 He made the court of the priests and the great court with its gates and plated the gates with bronze.

10 The Sea he placed on the right-hand side of the Temple, to the south-east.

11 Huram made the ash containers, the scoops and the sprinkling bowls. Thus Huram completed all the work done for King Solomon for the Temple of God:

12 the two pillars; the mouldings of the capitals surmounting the two pillars; the two sets of filigree to cover the two mouldings of the capitals surmounting the pillars;

13 the four hundred pomegranates for the two sets of filigree — two rows of pomegranates for each set of filigree;

14 the ten stands and the ten basins on the stands;

15 the one Sea and the twelve oxen beneath it;

16 the ash containers, scoops and forks. All these utensils made by Huram-Abi for King Solomon for the Temple of Yahweh were of burnished bronze.

17 The King made them by the process of sand casting, in the plain of the Jordan between Succoth and Zeredah.

18 There was such an enormous quantity of them that the weight of the bronze could not be calculated.

19 Solomon made all the objects designed for the Temple of God, as well as the golden altar and the tables for the loaves of permanent offering;

20 the lamp-stands with their lamps to burn, as prescribed, in front of the Debir, of pure gold;

21 the floral work, the lamps, the tongs, of gold (and it was pure gold);

22 the snuffers, the sprinkling bowls, incense ladles and the pans, of real gold; and the entrance to the Temple, the inner doors (for the Holy of Holies) and the doors of the Temple itself, that is of the Hekal, were also made of gold.

2 Chronicles 5

1 Thus all the work done by Solomon for the Temple of Yahweh was completed, and Solomon brought in the gifts which his father David had consecrated; and he had the silver, the gold and all the utensils put into the treasuries of the Temple of God.

2 Solomon then assembled the elders of Israel to Jerusalem, all the tribal chiefs, the princes of the families of Israel, to bring the ark of the covenant of Yahweh up from the City of David, that is, Zion.

3 All the men of Israel assembled round the king at the time of the feast, that is, in the seventh month.

4 When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the Levites took up the ark;

5 they brought up the ark and the Tent of Meeting and all the sacred utensils which were in the Tent; the levitical priests brought them up.

6 King Solomon and the whole assembly of Israel present with him before the ark sacrificed countless, innumerable sheep and oxen.

7 The priests brought the ark of the covenant of Yahweh to its place, in the Debir of the Temple, that is, in the Holy of Holies, under the wings of the winged creatures;

8 for they spread their wings over the place where the ark stood, forming a canopy over the ark and its shafts.

9 The shafts were so long, however, that the ends of the shafts of the ark could be seen in front of the Holy Place in front of the Debir, though they could not be seen from outside. They are still there today.

10 There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets which Moses had placed in it at Horeb, when Yahweh made a covenant with the Israelites when they came out of Egypt.

11 Now when the priests came out of the Holy Place — for all the priests present had sanctified themselves regardless of the orders to which they belonged,

12 and all the levitical singers, Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun with their sons and brothers, dressed in linen, were standing to the east of the altar with cymbals, lyres and harps and with them one hundred and twenty priests blowing the trumpets,

13 and the harmony between trumpeters and singers was such that only one melody could be heard as they praised and gave thanks to Yahweh — and the singing began, to the accompaniment of trumpets, cymbals and musical instruments, and they praised Yahweh ‘for his faithful love is everlasting’- then the Temple was filled with the cloud of the glory of Yahweh,

14 and because of the cloud the priests could not stay and perform their duties. For the glory of Yahweh filled the Temple of God.

Psalm 64

1 [For the choirmaster Psalm Of David] Listen, God, to my voice as I plead, protect my life from fear of the enemy;

2 hide me from the league of the wicked, from the gang of evil-doers.

3 They sharpen their tongues like a sword, aim their arrows of poisonous abuse,

4 shoot at the innocent from cover, shoot suddenly, with nothing to fear.

5 They support each other in their evil designs, they discuss how to lay their snares. ‘Who will see us?’ they say,

6 ‘or will penetrate our secrets?’ He will do that, he who penetrates human nature to its depths, the depths of the heart.

7 God has shot them with his arrow, sudden were their wounds.

8 He brings them down because of their tongue, and all who see them shake their heads.

9 Everyone will be awestruck, proclaim what God has done, and understand why he has done it.

10 The upright will rejoice in Yahweh, will take refuge in him, and all the honest will praise him.


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