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Thursday, July 31 2014

2 Chronicles 2: The Royal Woods

"Prepare me timber in abundance: for the House which I am about to build shall be wonderful great"

Finely-crafted stone was used for the exterior and structural strength of the Temple (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Temple) built by King Solomon (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Solomon). The interior was further beautified with fine wood which was cut, transported and finished by men of Lebanon. The request was made by Solomon to King Huram (also translated as Hiram and Horam) of Tyre.

Cedar of Lebanon

"2:1 And Solomon determined to build an house for the name of the LORD, and an house for his kingdom. 2:2 And Solomon told out threescore and ten thousand men to bear burdens, and fourscore thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to oversee them.

2:3 And Solomon sent to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, As thou didst deal with David my father, and didst send him cedars to build him an house to dwell therein, even so deal with me. 2:4 Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel.

2:5 And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods. 2:6 But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before him?

2:7 Send me now therefore a man cunning to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and that can skill to grave with the cunning men that are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father did provide.

2:8 Send me also cedar trees, fir trees, and algum trees, out of Lebanon: for I know that thy servants can skill to cut timber in Lebanon; and, behold, my servants shall be with thy servants, 2:9 Even to prepare me timber in abundance: for the house which I am about to build shall be wonderful great. 2:10 And, behold, I will give to thy servants, the hewers that cut timber, twenty thousand measures of beaten wheat, and twenty thousand measures of barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil." (2 Chronicles 2:1-10 KJV)

The wood was transported by sea, along the Mediterranean coast from Tyre to Joppa (today a part of Tel Aviv). Joppa is well-known as the port from which Jonah later left on his voyage (see Jonah: Three Days And Three Nights).

"2:11 Then Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon,

Because the LORD hath loved his people, he hath made thee king over them. 2:12 Huram said moreover, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, that made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, endued with prudence and understanding, that might build an house for the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.

2:13 And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding, of Huram my father's, 2:14 The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre, skilful to work in gold, and in silver, in brass, in iron, in stone, and in timber, in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in crimson; also to grave any manner of graving, and to find out every device which shall be put to him, with thy cunning men, and with the cunning men of my lord David thy father.

2:15 Now therefore the wheat, and the barley, the oil, and the wine, which my lord hath spoken of, let him send unto his servants: 2:16 And we will cut wood out of Lebanon, as much as thou shalt need: and we will bring it to thee in floats by sea to Joppa; and thou shalt carry it up to Jerusalem." (2 Chronicles 2:11-16 KJV)

Although the Temple is commonly known as "Solomon's Temple" (it was actually the Temple of the LORD - Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) or "the Temple that Solomon built," the great task was actually done by a vast number of skilled workmen.

"2:17 And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel, after the numbering wherewith David his father had numbered them; and they were found an hundred and fifty thousand and three thousand and six hundred. 2:18 And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of burdens, and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred overseers to set the people a work." (2 Chronicles 2:17-18 KJV)

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This Day In History, July 31

781: The earliest recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.

904: Muslim forces captured Thessalonica from the Byzantine Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1009: Pope Sergius IV became the 142nd pope of the Church of Rome, which was created by the Roman Emperor Constantine (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1423: The Battle of Cravant during the Hundred Years' War. The French army was defeated by English forces at Cravant on the river Yonne.

1492: Jews were expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella - the employers of Christopher Columbus that same year. Ferdinand and Isabella were also the originators of the Spanish Inquisition ("The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition") that tortured, imprisoned or killed many thousands of people who did not follow the Church of Rome. "Waterboarding" torture was an invention of the Spanish Inquisition as a punishment for those who taught the true Biblical method of baptism, by immersion, rather than the Church of Rome's "baptism" (the word "baptism" literally means to immerse) by sprinkling.

Spanish Inquisition 1498: Christopher Columbus, on his third voyage to the New World (all of the voyages of Columbus were to the islands of the Caribbean Sea), discovered an island which he named Trinidad (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy for a map of the actual voyages of Columbus).

1588: The Spanish Armada was spotted off the coast of England.

1687: Fort Niagara was built by Jacques Rene de Brisay de Denonville, the Governor-General of "New France," at the mouth of the Niagara River.

1763: The British garrison at Detroit attempted to break a siege by the Ottawa Indians under chief Pontiac by launching a night attack on the Ottawa camp at Bloody Run. The attack was repulsed with heavy losses. The Ottawa siege on Detroit was also indecisive, although a general uprising led by Pontiac was successful in taking 8 British forts.

1812: A year after declaring independence, Venezuela fell to the Spanish.

1817: Benjamin Disraeli (a name that literally means "Benjamin the Israeli"), age 12, was baptized into the Church of England. Without that event, Disraeli would not have later become Prime Minister of Britain, because Jews were not admitted to parliament until 1858.

1856: Christchurch, New Zealand was established as a city.

1919: The Weimar Constitution was adopted in post-war Germany, establishing a republic. Parliament, which kept the old name of Reichstag, moved to Weimar to avoid association with the Kaiser (Kaiser is the German form of Caesar).

1938: Archaeologists discovered gold and silver artifacts of King Darius in Persepolis (see Darius The Mede).

1941: Nazi government official Hermann Goering gave a written directive to police chief Reinhard Heydrich to draft a plan for the murder of the Jewish people, Adolf Hitler's so-called "Final Solution" (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion)

1957: The Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line of radar stations was put into operation as a joint United States-Canada defence project against nuclear attack from the Soviet Union (Canada has the U.S. on its southern border and Russia on its northern border).

1969: Pope Paul VI visited Uganda, the first time a pope of the church of Rome had visited Africa.

1970: The complete New American Standard Version of the Bible (NASB) was first published.

1976: NASA released the controversial "Mars Face" photo taken by Viking 1.

1987: A tornado struck Edmonton, Alberta; 27 people were killed, $330 million in damage.

1993: King Baudouin of Belgium died at age 62.


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