Day 147: Temple Worship

1 Kings 5:1-18 In the fourth year of his reign, Solomon commenced work on the Temple of Jerusalem. David had not been able to start the construction because of the constant warfare during his reign, but the peacetime enjoyed by Solomon allowed him to arrange for the necessary supplies and labor force to begin in earnest.

2 Chronicles 7:1-22 The solemn dedication rite shows the Levite priests as the chief ministers of the liturgy rather than Solomon. God reiterated his promise to keep the covenant as well as the punishment Israel would suffer if they disobeyed the Commandments and fell into idolatry. The Temple was a symbol of God’s protection of his people; likewise, its destruction later was a sign of Israel’s alienation from God.

Ch 8:1-18 This book serves as a hagiography (biography that idealizes its subject) of King Solomon, omitting much information reported in the two Books of Kings that might reflect poorly on his leadership or the moral rectitude of the monarchs of Israel. For example, no mention is made here of King Hiram’s dissatisfaction with the cities that Solomon gave him as payment for his assistance in the construction of the Temple. Here, the second palace built by Solomon is not a gift for his Egyptian wife, but rather was constructed out of respect for ritual purity since the royal palace was attached to the Temple and would have been defiled by the presence of a pagan woman. 

Psalm 66 The Psalmist recalls God’s history of delivering Israel from its troubles, most notably from the oppression of the Egyptians, which give him hope for his own deliverance. 

Through fire and through water: Although he “tested” Israel, the Lord remained faithful to his people. The nature of his own personal deliverance is not clear, but the psalmist clearly saw it as a continuity of God’s steadfast love for his people and the fruit of his own efforts to remain faithful to God’s covenant. (CCC 220)

(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)

Key Event 40: First Temple Built (1 Kings 5:1-8:66)

Solomon builds the Temple, which replaces the portable tabernacle that accompanied Israel on its journey to the Promised Land.  Like the tabernacle, the Temple recalls Eden, where Adam and Eve enjoyed fellowship with their Creator.  As the dwelling place of God, the Temple is also the meeting point of heaven and earth.

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we give you praise. You do hear our prayers. God, every time we talk to you, Lord, you hear our voices. You know the longing of our hearts. You know the depth of our prayer. You also know our distraction. You know how easily we can be distracted from loving you with our whole heart, with our whole mind, with our whole strength. You know how easily it is that we are turned aside from you. And so we thank you for being able to hear through all the noise, cutting through all of the distraction, cutting through all of the turmoil that our hearts can experience because you know our hearts. You not only know the peace in our hearts, you know the troubled hearts that live in our chests. And so we ask you, please once again, let your ears be open, let your eyes be open to see who we are, to see us truly and to hear our voice and to hear our prayers this day and every day. We make this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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