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Today's Scripture: 2 Chronicles 4
Moreover he made an altar of brass, twenty cubits the length thereof, and twenty cubits the breadth thereof, and ten cubits the height thereof.1
2Also he made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and five cubits the height thereof; and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
3And under it was the similitude of oxen, which did compass it round about: ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about. Two rows of oxen were cast, when it was cast.
4It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward.
5And the thickness of it was an handbreadth, and the brim of it like the work of the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies; and it received and held three thousand baths.
6He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and five on the left, to wash in them: such things as they offered for the burnt offering they washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to wash in.
7And he made ten candlesticks of gold according to their form, and set them in the temple, five on the right hand, and five on the left.
8He made also ten tables, and placed them in the temple, five on the right side, and five on the left. And he made an hundred basons of gold.
9Furthermore he made the court of the priests, and the great court, and doors for the court, and overlaid the doors of them with brass.
10And he set the sea on the right side of the east end, over against the south.
11And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basons. And Huram finished the work that he was to make for king Solomon for the house of God;
12To wit, the two pillars, and the pommels, and the chapiters which were on the top of the two pillars, and the two wreaths to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were on the top of the pillars;
13And four hundred pomegranates on the two wreaths; two rows of pomegranates on each wreath, to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were upon the pillars.
14He made also bases, and lavers made he upon the bases;
15One sea, and twelve oxen under it.
16The pots also, and the shovels, and the fleshhooks, and all their instruments, did Huram his father make to king Solomon for the house of the LORD of bright brass.
17In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredathah.
18Thus Solomon made all these vessels in great abundance: for the weight of the brass could not be found out.
19And Solomon made all the vessels that were for the house of God, the golden altar also, and the tables whereon the shewbread was set;
20Moreover the candlesticks with their lamps, that they should burn after the manner before the oracle, of pure gold;
21And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of gold, and that perfect gold;
22And the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers, of pure gold: and the entry of the house, the inner doors thereof for the most holy place, and the doors of the house of the temple, were of gold.
Today's Scripture Meaning:
The furniture of the temple.
- Here is a further account of the furniture of God's house. Both without doors and within, there was that which typified the grace of the gospel, and shadowed out good things to come, of which the substance is Christ. There was the brazen altar. The making of this was not mentioned in the book of Kings. On this all the sacrifices were offered, and it sanctified the gift. The people who worshipped in the courts might see the sacrifices burned. They might thus be led to consider the great Sacrifice, to be offered in the fulness of time, to take away sin, and put an end to death, which the blood of bulls and goats could not possibly do. And, with the smoke of the sacrifices, their hearts might ascend to heaven, in holy desires towards God and his favour. In all our devotions we must keep the eye of faith fixed upon Christ. The furniture of the temple, compared with that of the tabernacle, showed that God's church would be enlarged, and his worshippers multiplied. Blessed be God, there is enough in Christ for all.
Today's Scripture Application
Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of 2 Chronicles with Chapter 4 and we see Solomon continuing the construction of the temple. This building was made on a massive scale to specific instruction from the Lord. The instruction was to the future uses of the temple to accommodate the sacrifices and thousands to visit on the feasts like the Passover. In all the instruction God had a plan led up to the sacrifice of the lamb of God, Jesus Christ. God had a plan and the instruction in the construction was part of that plan. Solomon had no vast knowledge of things to come yet he was instructed to obey God and he did to the letter of the instruction. In making application we see that God has a plan for you, your life, and future Christian events that you will be a part of. We have the Bible and instruction from the Lord. We need to be as Solomon and the craftsmen of the temple to follow the Lords instructions to the best of our ability so the Lord can bring His plan for our lives to be fulfilled. How about you? Do you follow the Lords instructions for your life? Let us learn from out text today and the construction of the temple to be reminded to follow the Lords instructions.