[bible1year] Devotional comments on II Chronicles 3-6

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 9 May 2016 11:44:40 -0000
MAY 9

        Israel had gone for 400 years with only a tent as God's 
dwelling place among the people. Apparently the tent had satisfied 
God (II Samuel 7:5-7). Now that it seemed expedient to build a 
Temple, God wanted to have a say as to the kind of building it 
should be. Therefore, He gave David the plans for the building in 
his "own handwriting" (I Chronicles 28:19). It was to be "exceeding 
magnificent, of fame and glory in all the earth" (I Chronicles 
22:5).

        Though God did not allow David to actually build the Temple, 
David laid the plans for it, and devoted a large part of his reign 
to collecting vast stores of gold and silver, and all kinds of 
building material. It was to be the crowning glory of the kingdom.

        The Temple was built of great stones, cedar beams and 
boards, overlaid within with gold. The gold and silver, and other 
material, used in building the Temple is variously estimated to 
equal, in our money, from two to five billions of dollars; no doubt 
the most costly and resplendent building on earth at that time.

        The Temple was built after the general plan of the 
Tabernacle, and faced the east. The west thirty feet constituted the 
Most Holy Place, and the east sixty feet was the Holy Place. The two 
were separated by a veil.

        The Ark of God was placed in the Most Holy Place, 
overshadowed by the two Cherubim. In the Holy Place, next to the 
veil, in the center, was the Golden Altar of Incense. There were 
five golden candlesticks on the north side, five golden candlesticks 
on the south side, five tables of shewbread on the north side, and 
five on the south side.

        Tomorrow we will conclude our comments on the Temple.