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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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?

  5. 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!)

  6. 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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