1 KINGS‬ ‭9‬:‭6‬-‭9‬‬‬

““But if you or your descendants abandon me and disobey the commands and decrees I have given you, and if you serve and worship other gods, then I will uproot Israel from this land that I have given them. I will reject this Temple that I have made holy to honor my name. I willContinue reading “1 KINGS‬ ‭9‬:‭6‬-‭9‬‬‬”

1 KINGS‬ ‭8‬:‭58‬-‭60‬ ‬‬

“May he give us the desire to do his will in everything and to obey all the commands, decrees, and regulations that he gave our ancestors. And may these words that I have prayed in the presence of the Lord be before him constantly, day and night, so that the Lord our God may giveContinue reading “1 KINGS‬ ‭8‬:‭58‬-‭60‬ ‬‬”

1 KINGS‬ ‭8‬:‭52‬ ‭‬‬

““May your eyes be open to my requests and to the requests of your people Israel. May you hear and answer them whenever they cry out to you.”‭‭ 1 Kings‬ ‭8‬:‭52‬ ‭NLT‬‬ It is important that we know who God is. There are many who come to God I. Supplication without taking into account whoContinue reading “1 KINGS‬ ‭8‬:‭52‬ ‭‬‬”

1 KINGS‬ ‭8‬:‭7‬-‭11‬ ‭‬‬

“The cherubim spread their wings over the Ark, forming a canopy over the Ark and its carrying poles. These poles were so long that their ends could be seen from the Holy Place, which is in front of the Most Holy Place, but not from the outside. They are still there to this day. NothingContinue reading “1 KINGS‬ ‭8‬:‭7‬-‭11‬ ‭‬‬”

1 KINGS 7‬:‭1‬ ‭‬‬

“Solomon also built a palace for himself, and it took him thirteen years to complete the construction.”‭‭ 1 Kings‬ ‭7‬:‭1‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Some believe that Solomon’s interests weren’t aligned with God’s. As we see later on, his love for his wife, born from a political marriage to a foreign idol worshipper, allowed for easy access toContinue reading “1 KINGS 7‬:‭1‬ ‭‬‬”

1 KINGS‬ ‭6‬:‭37‬-‭38‬ ‭‬‬

“The foundation of the Lord’s Temple was laid in midspring, in the month of Ziv, during the fourth year of Solomon’s reign. The entire building was completed in every detail by midautumn, in the month of Bul, during the eleventh year of his reign. So it took seven years to build the Temple.”‭‭ 1 Kings‬Continue reading “1 KINGS‬ ‭6‬:‭37‬-‭38‬ ‭‬‬”

1 KINGS‬ ‭6‬:‭12‬-‭14‬ ‭‬‬

““Concerning this Temple you are building, if you keep all my decrees and regulations and obey all my commands, I will fulfill through you the promise I made to your father, David. I will live among the Israelites and will never abandon my people Israel.” So Solomon finished building the Temple.”‭‭ 1 Kings‬ ‭6‬:‭12‬-‭14‬ ‭NLT‬‬Continue reading “1 KINGS‬ ‭6‬:‭12‬-‭14‬ ‭‬‬”

1 KINGS‬ ‭5‬:‭5‬ ‭‬‬

“So I am planning to build a Temple to honor the name of the Lord my God, just as he had instructed my father, David. For the Lord told him, ‘Your son, whom I will place on your throne, will build the Temple to honor my name.’”‭‭ 1 Kings‬ ‭5‬:‭5‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Just as it wasContinue reading “1 KINGS‬ ‭5‬:‭5‬ ‭‬‬”

HAGGAI‬ ‭2‬:‭9‬ ‭‬‬

“The future glory of this Temple will be greater than its past glory, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. And in this place I will bring peace. I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!””‭‭ Haggai‬ ‭2‬:‭9‬ ‭NLT‬‬ In our finitude, it is easy to not understand what God is doing. During Christmas time manyContinue reading “HAGGAI‬ ‭2‬:‭9‬ ‭‬‬”

HAGGAI‬ ‭1‬:‭2‬-‭4‬ ‭‬‬

““This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: The people are saying, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the Lord.’” Then the Lord sent this message through the prophet Haggai: “Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins?”‭‭ Haggai‬ ‭1‬:‭2‬-‭4‬ ‭NLT‬‬ There are twoContinue reading “HAGGAI‬ ‭1‬:‭2‬-‭4‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ ‭‬‬

“Any of you who are his people may go to Jerusalem in Judah to rebuild this Temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives in Jerusalem. And may your God be with you!”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Cyrus was not a Jew. That being said, he did seek to worship the Jewish God. ThisContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ ‭‬‬”