Passage of the Day: Reference of Today’s Chronological Bible Study: 1st Kings, Chapters 7 [NIV] To study these chapters, go to this link -
Passage of the Day #2: Reference of Today’s Chronological Bible Study: 2nd Chronicle, Chapters 4 [NIV] To study these chapters, go to this link -
Highlight Passage: 1st Kings: 7: 13-14; 40; 49:[NIV] … 13 King Solomon sent to Tyre and brought Huram, 14 whose mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali and whose father was from Tyre and a skilled craftsman in bronze. Huram was filled with wisdom, with understanding and with knowledge to do all kinds of bronze work. He came to King Solomon and did all the work assigned to him. … 40 He also made the pots and shovels and sprinkling bowls. So Huram finished all the work he had undertaken for King Solomon in the temple of the Lord: … 49 the lampstands of pure gold (five on the right and five on the left, in front of the inner sanctuary); the gold floral work and lamps and tongs; … [more items described] …
Highlight Passage #2: 2nd Chronicles 4: 7 :[NKJV] … [Items for Temple described and repeated in detail] … 7 He [Huram by Solomon’s specifications] made ten gold lampstands according to the specifications for them and placed them in the temple, five on the south side and five on the north.
My Journal for Today: Above and below, besides a few highlight passages of text taken from today’s chronological reading in 1st Kings and 2nd Chronicles, you see two photos I took when my wife and I were in Israel – in Jerusalem – in 2009, where an institute there is rebuilding all of the items for what they believe will be the restored Temple, which will, in their orthodox Jewish beliefs, will be rebuilt one day and refurnished exactly as described in these Scripture passages I have studied this morning.
The Institute, there in Jerusalem, has rebuilt hundreds of items to the specifications found in 1st Kings and 2nd Chronicles, along with historical documents which have been found to describe how Solomon had the Temple furnished; and they have these items ready for when, in their beliefs, Messiah comes and ushers in the New Jerusalem.
Now, we of the New Covenant, of course, believe that the Messiah has already come; but we join the Orthodox Jews in the belief that Yeshua (i.e., Jesus) will come again and restore His Temple for the millennial reign on earth; and who knows, perhaps the items, like the giant menorahs pictured above [which were once built as described in 1st Kings 7: 49 and 2nd Chronicles 4: 7, will be used to refurbish the Temple for Jesus when He comes again.
But when we were in Israel, it was impressive to see the faith of these young Jews, so arduously rebuilding the items in preparation for what they believe will be the the coming of their Messiah; and it was a bit disquieting to think that if these young, faithful Jews who don’t receive Christ as their Savior before the return of Yeshua, … because they will never be able to see their Messiah reigning again over His promised peoples, … us knowing that if they die before the 2nd coming, they will spend eternity in hell.
It was, to say the least, a disconcerting experience to see these young people so faithfully working to duplicate the items we read about in these passages above and not having a clue about their eternal fate if they could not see that their Messiah had already come and would someday come again. And there were some in our holy land pilgrimage which ached to share the truth with them; but we were not allowed to do so while we were there. We could only pray that these young, faithful Jews would – before they died – come to see the truth of their Messiah as we know Him in Jesus, the Christ.
My Prayer Today: … Lord, help all Your chosen ones see – in their lifetime – the truth of Your coming and the reality that You will come again. Amen