OYB June 9
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- 2009 Jun 09
5:3-4 "You know that my father, David, was not able to build a Temple to honor the name of the Lord his God because of the many wars waged against him by surrounding nations. He could not build until the Lord gave him victory over all his enemies. But now the Lord my God has given me peace on every side; I have no enemies, and all is well. Again, this is a Messianic and Kingdom prophecy. Apparently, David could not build a Temple until there was peace and victory over all his enemies. That will be the story of the MK, and a new Temple will be built.
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.' I find these prophetic words that are fulfilled on multiple layers so fascinating. Solomon had no idea that his words were applied to him (as a symbolic picture) as well as on two completely different levels 1,000 years later (Jesus occupied the throne of the Spiritual Kingdom and became the Temple) and 3,000 years later (Jesus will come to reign establishing His physical Kingdom and He will build the next Temple in Jerusalem). Always keep in mind Jewish understanding of Bible prophecy is circular...history repeats itself. This is crucial in understanding and applying Bible prophecy!
5:8 Then he sent this reply to Solomon: "I have received your message, and I will supply all the cedar and cypress timber you need." Hiram's favor was God's favor put on his heart. Solomon didn't have the resources to do what God had instructed him to do. We often don't either, yet where God assigns, He supplies. In fact, Solomon didn't even have to go get the timber; Hiram had it delivered to his doorstep. All the hard work was done for him as he set out to serve God. God does the same for us when we proceed in the calling of His will. We may have no idea where the supplied are going to come from, but they are sure to be provided beyond our expectations and wildest imaginations!
6:11 "Concerning this house which you are building, if you will walk in My statutes and execute My ordinances and keep all My commandments by walking in them, then I will carry out My word with you which I spoke to David your father. I will dwell among the sons of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel." I don't really get this passage, because Solomon didn't keep his end of the deal, yet God is still keeping His. I found no good explanation.
That sounds like some Temple! Of noteworthy importance as we move ahead: it took Solomon 7 years to complete the Lord's Temple. That's cool, since the number 7 corresponds to God and perfection! Solomon completed every detail.
6:11-14 A mini redemption story of Israel. Check it out...
11 "Now a famine came over all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction with it, and our fathers could find no food. Think future. Israel has been in a spiritual famine since the days of Jesus, and the time of Jacob's Trouble (the Great Tribulation) is drawing near. Israel can find no "Bread of Life."
12 "But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers there the first time. Remember that Jacob's name was changed to "Israel." When Jesus came the first time, Israel came to eat from Him (literally and spiritually), but they did not know from whom they sought food. Also remember that Jesus was the other "Son called out of Egypt" (He was sent there to hide from Pharaoh). His first visit to earth was into our "Egypt" of sin and death.
13 "On the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph's family was disclosed to Pharaoh. On His second appearance, Jesus will make Himself known to His brothers of Israel.
14 "Then Joseph sent word and invited Jacob his father and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five persons in all. When Jesus returns to reign, He will invite all of His relatives of Jacob to come to Him. And they will all come.
"...and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, "THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION, HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB. THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM, WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS." Romans 11:26-27
6:25 Moses assumed his fellow Israelites would realize that God had sent him to rescue them, but they didn't. I looked ahead in this passage and there are 3 Christ types: Joseph, Moses, and David, all in the same story being told by Stephen. It is so amazing because I believe Stephen is telling the religious leaders that Jesus was prophesied to them for thousands of years through these Christ types, yet they, the religious mainstream of the day, missed out on their Messiah and rejected Him. His message gets him martyred.