I am so grateful for the public domain for some of these furnishings we are going to cover. It makes thing so much easier to see what scripture is saying when we can visualize it.
Today’s Reading: Chapter 7 of 1 Kings
Solomon’s Other Buildings
Verses 01-022 The temple took Solomon 7 years to complete. It took Solomon almost twice as much (13 years) to finish his house. He didn’t start to build his home until after he built the temple. Solomon was known for building many places such as the House of Lebanon and the Hall of Pillars (these are described in verses 02-12)
These verses are a little confusing to me because the temple is built and discussed in Ch. 6 but there are some portions of Ch. 7 that continue to talk about the temple.
Now, Solomon sends for Hurman (or Hiram in Hebrew) from Tyre. In Ch. 6 there was a king from Tyre named Hiram who helped Solomon with a lot of supplies. I don’t believe these people are the same, as in Ch. 7 he isn’t said to be a king. Huram is a bronze worker and the remainder of Ch. 7 is about the furnishings for the temple being completed.
The bronze pillars are discussed in verses 15-22. Beautiful designs with lattice and pomegranates the tops of the pillars were in the shape of lilies. The pillar on the right was named Jachin (meaning He Shall Establish) and the pillar on the left is called Boaz (meaning In It Is Strength).
Ritual Washing For Priests (The Brazen/Molden Sea) Set Up
(Verses 23-26) The Sea, also known as the Brazen Sea or Molten Sea, and Oxen are discussed in these verses. I had to look up some other articles to understand what was going on which led me to a public domain image which makes everything come together. The Sea that is discussed kinda looks like a big fountain with twelve oxen in the middle. Sets of three oxen each look to either the north, west, south, or east. It was filled with about 12,000 gallons of water. It had ornamental buds and the brim was in the shape of a lily blossom.
Ten Carts & Lavers
(Verses 27-39) Carts is another word for stands. The panels of these carts had frames between them and on the panels were lions, cherubim, and oxen. Below the lions and oxen were wreaths of plaited work.
The four wheels were similar to that of a chariot wheel.
The flanges and panels were made of the same casting. The flanges (which is a form of a support) on their plates were engravings of cherubim, lions, and palm trees, when there was a space on each there were wreaths all around.
Huram made ten lavers (there are basins used for washing hands and feet before rituals, Exodus 30:18). Each of the ten carts was placed a laver.
Furnishings Of Temple
(Verses 40-51) These verses are a summary of all Huram made for Solomon, as well as the other furnishings Solomon had for the temple.
What To Take Away: I love the decoration on all of these pieces. I think it shows that whatever work we do, we should do it in a way that honors the Lord. It’s not always easy to keep this in mind. Sometimes, we want to separate the two, but scripture tells us otherwise.
(NKJ) Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Do you like illustrations that depict objects or scenes in the Bible?
Monthly Scripture- (NKJ) Psalm 85:02, “You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin. Selah.”
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