Prophet Pearls #22-23 – Vayakhel Pekudei (1 Kings 7:40-8:21)

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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

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14 thoughts on “Prophet Pearls #22-23 – Vayakhel Pekudei (1 Kings 7:40-8:21)

  1. Not sure if I am misunderstanding something, but Hebrews 9:1 doesn’t appear to be referring to Solomon’s Temple but to a tent which was first used in the wilderness. In fact, I can’t find the Greek word for ‘temple’ anywhere in Hebrews. So is not the writer of Hebrews entirely accurate in what he said?

    Hebrews 9:1 The Greek word for tabernacle is ‘skene’, which means a tent or cloth hut. The same word is used also in Hebrews 11:9 that speaks of what Isaac and Jacob lived in. We know that Isaac and Jacob did not live in a building of stone of such as Solomon’s temple was built.

    But in this tent in the wilderness, Ex 16:33, there was a jar with an omer of manna in it, placed before Yehovah / the testimony which was in the ark to be kept…in the most Holy place…and the author seems to be well versed in his understanding of the first tabernacle?

    Someone please correct me if I am not seeing something correctly. : ) Thanks!

    • Nehemia,
      Again, I am so blessed by the opening up of the scriptures, and by the perspectives that you lay out for us. But I have a problem with one thing….

      How can Hebrews be an allegory when there are no words in Hebrews that indicate that the book is an allegory? Generally when Yehovah/Yeshua or an apostle is writing, they make it clear that what they are saying is an allegory, a parable, or they use comparison terms such as the words “like,” etc. I love your teaching, but it is of great concern when we take something that is from Yehovah, and call it an allegory and that we can’t believe every word of it as written. That reasoning is to me as slippery a bit of ground as the Rabbincal laws are. If Yehovah presents it as a fact, we need to accept it as a fact.. and it is a fact,either in the realm of Heaven or the realm of Earth. Yehovah doesn’t play games with us. Every word He has spoken can be trusted.
      As for the Lion of Judah, is that not speaking of Messiah? I see where the context of the scriptures say that Judah is LIKE a lion or a Lion’s whelp/cub, but would like to see references where it says that Judah IS a Lion and doesn’t have a comparison term somewhere in the context. Every description of what this Lion is like will be in scripture, and we should not add to it to bring the term into question….don’t you think?
      But the strongest thought for me is…if we bring one part of the scriptures into question, then what can we trust? If the Canaanites named those months, they still were not the ones that wrote it into our scriptures. Instead, Yehovah used their term for a reason, and whatever He does, we can trust and try to understand why…but we cannot negate it. The Canaanites had nothing to do with writing our Scriptures. Proverbs 30:5-6

      Thanks again for all the hard work and study you are doing!

  2. The subject in Hebrews is the Holy place….Nehemiah… your second explanation of Sauls writing is how I take it. Not that the items were in the Ark but in the Most Holy. Paul more than anyone alive knew better and knew
    2 Kings

  3. Thank you both so much for all your hard work. You two are so different and so similar you bring out the best in each other and I believe cause you each to think about things in ways you might not otherwise have thought and we listening are blessed by what you learn between you. I just can’t think of anywhere else this is possible. I am grateful to have found you guys.

  4. I was pushing past an Old Testament reading by end of March and just stopped here fascinated by how Solomon prayed so long ago for me and the whole world to come by and give a pray repenting and turning back to the face of Yehovah to receive his forgiveness and blessings. The prayer, the feast, the clouds and the offerings all so much, it’s beyond comprehension. the scene amazes me and really looks like a future to revisit when the Lord returns.

  5. Nehemia,
    It was so nice to hear you mention Hebrews 9:3-5. I had been thinking on these the whole while, and was about to post those same verses here, then you mentioned it!

    I didn’t remember that this was previously mentioned many years prior in Jer. 3:1-17. Thank you for showing me that pearl.

  6. I’d love your perspective on this – Did God ever actually desire that a temple be built to replace the Tabernacle or did he just accept it as a concession?

    God decreed the building of the Tabernacle, but the idea to build a temple was David’s. In I Chronicles 17 (and I Sam 7) we hear the very words of God stopping David from building the temple and declaring “did I ever say to any of their leaders whom I commanded to shepherd my people, ‘Why have you not built me a house of cedar?’” and then he goes on to say that a Son of David would “build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son” which sounds pretty messianic (and not Solomon-istic). Then in I Chronicles 22:8-13 David says he was told by God that his Son should build a temple. Is this to be understood that God elaborated to David in an unrecorded conversation or that David misunderstood the message from Nathan?

    In either case, God obviously blessed the building of the temple and did dwell there and receive sacrifice – but its not clear that it was God’s intention to move out of the Tabernacle until the Messiah built a House for God to dwell in.

    Bonus Question:
    What are the implications that the “Very Words of God” are quoted differently in I Chronicles 17:3-15 and I Samuel 7:4-17?

    • I always thought 1 Chronicles 17:12-14 was talking about Solomon.. but it’s clear that He was talking about Christ aka Messiah. And I didn’t catch your drift on the quote comparisons you mentioned?

  7. Nehemiah, I’m not sure if You read these comments but just in case I do have a question:
    Is the word araphel ever found in Your study of Shem Tov’s Matthew Gospel?

  8. Fantastic! I’ve always been drawn to the Tabernacle and the Temple for some reason……It’s been the center of many studies for me. I greatly appreciate the time that you and Keith are taking to do these for us who do not have access to this type of information in any other way.

    May y’all be blessed! (Yeah, I’m from the south Nehemiah! LOL!)

  9. Paul is writing about and indicating to possibly an earlier time mentioning back to the time of the Sanctuary/Tabernacle. Most likely at the time of the real life Aaron. Not at the time of Solomon’s or the following Temple. Paul seems to be indicating multiple items to remind people of elements in the tabernacle of significance. Aaron was an Almond branch(a righteous branch(Abstraction)that bloomed.(lLt’s be honest where ever Aaron went he parked the physical rod somewhere in or near the tabernacle. It was a reminder to the people who YHVH had picked over everyone else.(It was his scepture of authority). Tables and censures would not be in the ark either that was carried. Paul is giving or mentioning these elements to remind people.

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