This week Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portions for the double portion of Vayakhel-Pekudei covering 1 Kings 7:40-8:21. Gordon and Johnson examine the major concepts in this week’s double-header—primarily what the Tanakh calls the “House of Yehovah” and how history, tradition, and cultures have clouded the world’s view of the place where God chose to put his name forever.
The parallel text in Chronicles is examined and we learn David’s role in the outfitting of the Temple. The two spellings of Hiram’s name provide a lesson on Hebrew vowel sounds and how they alter over time and continents. Gordon tracks the word of the week “araphel” (ayin-reish-pei-lamed) through the Tanakh to discover that Moses went to it—and that Yehovah was in it, on it, and surrounded by it.
In closing, Johnson is part of the fulfillment of Solomon’s 3,000-year-old prayer—as he, a gentile, grabs the sleeve of the Jew, recognizing the unsearchable greatness of he who sits upon the cherubs of the ark, and prays in the name of Yehovah for revelation to better understand and live out his word.
"There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb..." 1 Kings 8:9
This original art was created by 12 year old Laine Forrest for this week's episode of Prophet Pearls.