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The Tabernacle and its Furnishing

The Tabernacle and its Furnishing
The Tabernacle and Its Furniture. The materials used (Ex 25:1–7; Ex 35:5–9) included items ranging from precious to common materials. An important principle was established, namely, anything offered to the Lord must be voluntary. The three metals are mentioned in descending order of importance, gold alone being employed in the principal sanctuary furnishings. The total amount of metals used was approximately one ton of gold, three of copper, and four of silver (Ex 38:24–31). The relatively large amount of silver came from the offering (Ex 30:11–16), which augmented the silver and gold already given by the Egyptians (Ex 12:15). The fine-twined linen was made from high-grade flax.
Elwell, Walter A., and Barry J. Beitzel. Baker encyclopedia of the Bible 1988 : 2015. Print.

Solomon's Bronze Altar

Solomon's Bronze Altar ‎Solomon may have built both a large stone altar and a smaller bronze altar. Ahaz moved Solomon’s bronze altar—a considerable feat given its weight and dimensions (2 Kgs 16:14). Asa also “repaired” this altar—implying that it was made of materials that could fall into disrepair (2 Chr 15:8).

Jerusalem in the Time of the Kings

Jerusalem in the Time of the Kings


1 Kings 9:1–3. As God had revealed Himself to Solomon … at Gibeon (3:4–5), so He did again, probably in Jerusalem. First, the LORD assured Solomon that He had heard his prayer of dedication and that He would always abide in the temple in a special sense. His people could always count on His eyes resting on them and His heart compassionately responding to their needs as Solomon had requested.
1 Kings 9:4–9. But the LORD also warned the king. If he would walk before God, manifesting attitudes and actions that expressed obedience to the Lord’s Word, God would provide an unceasing line of descendants for Solomon who would always rule over Israel. But if Solomon or any of his descendants did not follow the LORD faithfully, but instead turned aside to worship and serve other gods, then the LORD would do two things: remove Israel from her land and abandon the temple. The Davidic dynasty, though interrupted for centuries starting with the Babylonian Captivity…

Caravans of Semites

Caravans of SemitesThe caravan of Semites is depicted on an Egyptian tomb painting of the 19th century BCE. The added inscription mentions that the Semites delivered eye make-up to Egypt, where it was very popular. The section of the picture shows a group bringing two gazelles as a gift to the monarch. The nomads are armed with bow and arrow, as well as with boomerangs. The Egyptian monarchs surely loved the gazelles as much as Solomon, at least according to the report in 1 Kings 4:22–23.

Jerusalem: Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Jerusalem: Church of the Holy Sepulchre

‎Jerusalem. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Chapel of the Angel, itself white as an angel, contains part of the rolling stone that was used to cover the opening of the tomb. Here sat a snow-white angel and, revealing himself to Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome, told them of Jesus’ resurrection: “He is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him” (Mark 16:6).

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day

The Immanuel Prophecy
10 Moreover the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying, 11 “Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; 8 ask it either in the depth or in the height above.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!” 13 Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. 15 Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you dread will be forsaken by both her kings. 17 The LORD will bring the king of Assyria upon you and your people and your father’s house—days that have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from Judah 
(Isaiah 7:10-17) .” 


The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print…

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2014 | ADVENT
FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT
YEAR B

Old Testament2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16
             Psalm       Psalm 89:1–5 (19–29)
Epistle Romans 16:25–27
Gospel Luke 1:26–38


Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.