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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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!
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.
4 He made windows for the Temple with frames and latticework.
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.
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.’
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.
17 The Temple measured forty cubits — the Hekal — in front of the Debir.
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
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.
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.
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;
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,
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!
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.
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,
15 King Solomon made two hundred great shields of beaten gold, six hundred shekels of beaten gold going into one shield;
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,
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,
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.
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.
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?
8 In peace I lie down and at once fall asleep, for it is you and none other, Yahweh, who make me rest secure.