Day 148 – Solomon’s Wealth

Thoughts and Reflection

Today we learn that as the temple is being built, the stone is prepared at the quarry. This is done so that no noise will be heard and the sacred silence is observed in the house of the Lord. The stone in the Temple is overlaid with wood and then that is overlaid with gold. Only priests are allowed to go into the inner sanctuary of the Temple to worship and the people will never see its gold-laden furnishings. The temple is simply to honor the Lord.

In the New Covenant, we enter into the sanctuaries of the churches. We get to see and participate in the beauty.

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Daily Readings

1 Kings 6

1 In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites came out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began building the Temple of Yahweh.

2 The temple which King Solomon built for Yahweh was sixty cubits long, twenty cubits wide and twenty-five high.

3 The portico in front of the Hekal of the Temple was twenty cubits long across the width of the Temple and ten cubits wide along the length of the Temple.

4 He made windows for the Temple with frames and latticework.

5 He also built an annex against the Temple wall, right round the Hekal and Debir. He built lateral storeys all round;

6 the lowest lateral storey was five cubits wide, the middle one six cubits, and the third seven cubits, for he had made the outside of the Temple wall correspondingly stepped back all round, so that the annex was not attached to the Temple walls.

7 (The building of the Temple was done with quarry — dressed stone; no sound of hammer or pick or any iron tool was to be heard in the Temple while it was being built.)

8 The entrance to the lowest storey was at the right-hand corner of the Temple; access to the middle storey was by a spiral staircase, and so from the middle storey to the third.

9 Having finished building the Temple, he roofed the Temple with a coffered ceiling of cedar wood.

10 Round the outside of the Temple he then built the annex which was five cubits high and was joined to the Temple by cedar-wood beams.

11 And the word of Yahweh came to Solomon,

12 ‘With regard to this temple which you are now building, if you follow my statutes and obey my ordinances and faithfully follow my commandments, I shall fulfil the promise which I made about you to your father David.

13 And I shall make my home among the Israelites and never forsake Israel my people.’

14 Solomon finished building the Temple.

15 He lined the inside of the Temple walls with panels of cedar wood-panelling them on the inside from the floor of the Temple to the beams of the ceiling — and laid the floor of the Temple with juniper planks.

16 The twenty cubits measured from the end of the Temple he built of cedar planks from the floor to the beams, and this part was reserved as the Debir, the Holy of Holies.

17 The Temple measured forty cubits — the Hekal — in front of the Debir.

18 There was cedar wood round the inside of the Temple, ornamentally carved with gourds and rosettes; all was cedar wood, with no stone showing.

19 In the inner part of the Temple he designed a Debir, to contain the ark of the covenant of Yahweh.

20 The Debir was twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and twenty high, and he overlaid it on the inside with pure gold. He made an altar of cedar wood

21 in front of the Debir and overlaid it with gold.

22 He overlaid the whole Temple with gold, the whole Temple entirely.

23 In the Debir he made two great winged creatures of wild-olive wood. . .It was ten cubits high.

24 One winged creature’s wing was five cubits long and the other wing five cubits: ten cubits from wing tip to wing tip.

25 The other winged creature also measured ten cubits; both had the same measurements and the same shape.

26 The height of one was the same as the other’s.

27 He placed them in the middle of the inner chamber; their wings were spread out so that the wing of one touched one of the walls and the wing of the other touched the other wall, while their wings met in the middle of the chamber wing to wing.

28 And he overlaid them with gold.

29 All round the Temple walls he carved figures of winged creatures, palm trees and rosettes, both inside and outside.

30 He overlaid the floor of the Temple with gold, both inside and outside.

31 He made the door of the Debir with uprights of wild-olive wood, and door jambs with five indented sections,

32 and the two leaves of wild-olive wood. He carved figures of great winged creatures, palm trees and rosettes which he overlaid with gold, and he gilded winged creatures and palm trees.

33 Similarly, he made uprights of wild-olive wood for the door of the Hekal, and door jambs with four indented sections,

34 and the two leaves of juniper: one leaf had two ribs binding it, and the other had two ribs binding it.

35 He carved winged creatures, palm trees and rosettes, which he overlaid with gold laid evenly over the carvings.

36 He built the wall of the inner court in three courses of dressed stone and one course of cedar beams.

37 In the fourth year, in the month of Ziv, the foundations of the Temple were laid;

38 in the eleventh year, in the month of Bul — that is, the eighth month — the Temple was completed exactly as it had been planned and designed. Solomon took seven years to build it.

2 Chronicles 9

1 The queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame and came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with difficult questions, with a very large retinue with camels laden with spices and an immense quantity of gold and precious stones. Having reached Solomon, she discussed everything that she had in mind with him,

2 and Solomon had an answer for all her questions; not one of them was too obscure for Solomon to answer for her.

3 When the queen of Sheba saw how wise Solomon was, the palace which he had built,

4 the food at his table, the accommodation for his officials, the organisation of his staff and the way they were dressed, his cupbearers and the way they were dressed, and the burnt offerings, which he made in the Temple of Yahweh, it left her breathless,

5 and she said to the king, ‘The report I heard in my own country about you and about your wisdom in handling your affairs was true, then!

6 Until I came and saw for myself, I did not believe the reports, but clearly I was told less than half about the true extent of your wisdom. You surpass what was reported to me.

7 How fortunate your people are! How fortunate your courtiers, continually in attendance on you and listening to your wisdom!

8 Blessed be Yahweh your God. Because your God loved Israel and meant to keep it secure for ever, he has made you its king to administer law and justice.’

9 And she presented the king with a hundred and twenty talents of gold and great quantities of spices and precious stones. There never were such spices as those which the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

10 Similarly, the men employed by Huram and the men employed by Solomon, who brought the gold from Ophir, also brought back algum wood and precious stones.

11 Of the algum wood the king made steps for the Temple of Yahweh and for the royal palace, and harps and lyres for the musicians, the like of which had never before been seen in Judah.

12 And King Solomon, in his turn, presented the queen of Sheba with everything that she expressed a wish for, besides what he gave her in exchange for what she had brought to the king. After which, she went home to her own country, she and her servants.

13 The weight of the gold received annually by Solomon amounted to six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold,

14 besides what tolls and foreign trade brought in; all the Arab kings and the provincial governors also brought gold and silver to Solomon.

15 King Solomon made two hundred great shields of beaten gold, six hundred shekels of beaten gold going into one shield;

16 also three hundred small shields of beaten gold, three hundred shekels of gold going into one shield; and the king put these into the House of the Forest of Lebanon.

17 The king also made a great ivory throne which he overlaid with refined gold.

18 The throne had six steps with a golden foot-rest attached to the throne, and arms on each side of the seat and two lions standing beside the arms,

19 and twelve lions stood on either side of the six steps. Nothing like it had ever been made in any other kingdom.

20 All King Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the plate in the House of the Forest of Lebanon was of pure gold; silver was little thought of in Solomon’s days,

21 since the king’s ships went to Tarshish with Huram’s employees, and once every three years the merchantmen would come back laden with gold and silver, ivory, apes and baboons.

22 For riches and for wisdom, King Solomon surpassed all kings on earth,

23 and all the kings in the world consulted Solomon to hear the wisdom which God had implanted in his heart,

24 and everyone would bring a present with him: objects of silver and of gold, robes, armour, spices, horses and mules; and this went on year after year.

25 Solomon also had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand cavalrymen; these he stationed in the chariot towns and near the king in Jerusalem.

26 He was overlord of all the kings from the River to the territory of the Philistines and the Egyptian border.

27 In Jerusalem the king made silver as common as stones, and cedar wood as plentiful as sycamore in the Lowlands.

28 Horses were imported for Solomon from Muzur and all the other countries too.

29 The rest of the history of Solomon, from first to last, is this not all written down in the records of Nathan the prophet, in the Prophecyof Ahijah of Shiloh, and in the Vision of Iddo the seer concerning Jeroboam son of Nebat?

30 Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel for forty years.

31 When Solomon fell asleep with his ancestors, he was buried in the City of his father David; Rehoboam his son succeeded him.

Psalm 4

1 [For the choirmaster For strings Psalm Of David] When I call, answer me, God, upholder of my right. In my distress you have set me at large; take pity on me and hear my prayer!

2 Children of men, how long will you be heavy of heart, why love what is vain and chase after illusions?

3 Realise that Yahweh performs wonders for his faithful, Yahweh listens when I call to him.

4 Be careful not to sin, speak in your hearts, and on your beds keep silence.

5 Loyally offer sacrifices, and trust in Yahweh.

6 Many keep saying, ‘Who will put happiness before our eyes?’ Let the light of your face shine on us. Yahweh,

7 to my heart you are a richer joy than all their corn and new wine.

8 In peace I lie down and at once fall asleep, for it is you and none other, Yahweh, who make me rest secure.

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