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Exodus 38:21–40:38: Abomination of desolation vs. glory of habitation

During the course of Israel’s settlements in the wilderness and later in the Promised Land, God’s name rested on several places, including Shiloh and later Jerusalem. The Tabernacle was never desecrated by outside forces but it’s worship was compromised from the outside in.

The Temple, in Jerusalem, on the other hand, was sacked several times by corrupt kings as well as foreign invaders. Sometimes, God blessed the dedications of His temples with a visible sign of His Divine Presence, sometimes he did not. In the Torah reading פקודי Pekudei (“countings,” Exodus 38:21–40:38), we will look at how and why God did or did not visibly show His presence when the various Tabernacles and Temples were dedicated or rededicated through Israel’s history.

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It’s all about Yeshua: Multilayered message of God’s Living Temple of hope for humanity

JeffIt used to be common to ask, “What would Jesus do?” Well, why did Yeshua visit God’s House on an extrabiblical Jewish festival — Chanukah — to make one of the most startling statements about God’s love for humanity? Why did the “disciple whom Iesous loved” record it?

Rather than focus on layers upon layers of manmade tradition about a winter celebration of the birth of Yeshua, let’s dig through a number of layered messages that actually are in the Bible about God’s dedicating of a Living Temple — the Messiah — among humanity that could never again by left desolate or destroyed.

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1st Kings 9: Prophecy of the cursed blessing of Israel, the Temple

Daniel AgeeIn 1st Kings 9 and its parallel in 2nd Chronicles 8 read like reports on building projects, yet God is communicating something extremely important that would ring true over thousands of years to our day: Something that is a great blessing — Israel and the Temple — could become a curse, yet something cursed can become a blessing.

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1st Kings 8: Chiastic teaching ties together messianic figures Moshe, David and Shlomo

Daniel AgeeIt would seem that there’s not much to say about this part of chapter 8. But if you read it closely, you’ll find something special.

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1st Kings 8:22-53: Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of God’s people-temple

Daniel AgeeKing Solomon built a structure for God’s presence to occupy in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), but Solomon’s prayer points toward God’s people’s being the dwelling place of God.

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1st Kings 8:1-21: Shadow of Yom Kippur, Sukkot in dedication of first Temple

Daniel AgeeThe lessons of God’s covering His people’s rebellion and moving His dwelling among His people, symbolized in the appointed times of Yom Kippurim and Sukkot, were acted out on a human level during the dedication of the first temple.

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1st Kings 7:40-51: Moving from copper Snake world to God’s golden kingdom

Daniel AgeeContinuing the 1st Kings 7 exploration of the lessons of the design of the temple Solomon built for God, we see a division of copper and gold items. The lesson of copper in the outer Temple area and gold in the inner temple area is God wants to clean us by moving us from the world of the Snake to God’s world.

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