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When the sun rises, in the East, it banishes the darkness of the night. On the other hand, as the sun sets, in the West, it ushers in the darkness. Throughout both the Christian and Hebrew scriptures the images of light represent God/holiness/goodness and images of darkness represent sin/danger/evil. Here are a few* : You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns ...


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One of the two great themes of the book of John is that those who believe can have life in Jesus’ name. (John 20:31) In John 14-17 Jesus revealed the magnitude of this teaching, showing that he desires people to be one with him, just as he is one with the Father. In the next few verses after John 14:2, Jesus tried to emphasize that he was going to the ...


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I had thought about this when I read Gen 11:2 "As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there" I asked myself "east" from where? The answer, as has been stated above, is "east from Eden". Eden is where God's Presence was. The way back to Eden was now protected by Cherubim: Gen 3:24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim ...


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General Survey The statement of Act 17:24 specifically states: does not dwell in temples made with hands To "dwell" (κατοικέω) means (from BDAG): to live in a locality for any length of time, live, dwell, reside, settle (down) to make something a habitation or dwelling by being there, inhabit Regarding the second definition, the idea of both ...


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Ezra's contemporary Haggai provided additional insight. Haggai 2:1 on the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: 2“Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to Joshua son of Jozadak, a the high priest, and to the remnant of the people. Ask them, 3‘Who of you is left who saw this house in ...


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Let us take a look at all the measures (of time, length, surface, and volume) involved in 1 Kings 6-7, describing the construction of Solomon's Temple : 1 Kings 6:1  In the four hundred and eightieth1 year after (the Exodus), in the fourth year of Solomon, in the second month. 1 The Septuagint has four hundred and fortieth. 1 Kings 6:2  The length ...


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There are two possible explanations. One is that the individual Gospel writers did not arrange events in a chronologic order; each one organized the events in a way that made the most sense to their audience or to best fit their theological emphasis. The second is that Jesus did this on more than one occasion and John records the first which took place ...


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It's unlikely Paul is saying the Temple in Jerusalem is replaced with human beings: Paul doesn't use "true Temple" terminology, as if to say the Temple of God in Jerusalem is no longer God's house. There's no textual requirement to read his words this way. Paul took part in the Temple service (Acts 21) and sought to be in Jerusalem during the Biblical ...


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1 Kings 7:1-7 seems to come down in favor of (2), and v.8 to argue against (3). The reference to shields bears out the IVP Bible Background Commentary - O T's comment that, "Like other palace complexes in the ANE (such as those at Mari, Babylon and Susa), Solomon's ...palace itself was larger than the temple. It served as an administrative complex as well as ...


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As was described in this Mi Yodeya article, priests only actually worked in the temple for 2 days a year. This is a result of the priests being divided up into 24 groups (mishmarim) for Temple service, with each group being further subdivided by family. So even priests over the age of thirty would have had a lot of time on their hands to do things other ...


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Excellent question. It was the second temple. More specifically it was King Herod's rebuilt second temple. He began the project in 19 BC and aspects of this rebuild lasted 75 years. This information is from the book 'Ready to Rebuild' by Thomas Ice and Randall Price. We would not consider King Herod's rebuild a 3rd temple, even based on his own description ...


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This is because the stone was already honed from the quarry from which it was taken so it did not require to be chizzeled or hammered at the building sight. It only required to be put in position. According to the blueprint each stone had its place and position relative to the other stones.Each stone had its own peculiarity and position In which it fits ...


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Gold, like lead, can be fashioned with wooden tools. Lead flashings on roofs are still, to this day, fashioned with the same wooden tools used in Roman times. I have done it myself when I did an evening class plumbing course. They are malleable metals and can be beaten and shaped with what are called 'dressing kits' or 'bossing' kits'. Gold leaf and pure ...


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Here are three all too often overlooked reasons Jesus cleansed the temple. 1. Jesus as the “Son of David” is the Builder of God’s House In His entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey, Jesus acted like Solomon, the “Son of David,” in his coronation (see 1 Kings 1) and thus claimed to be the rightful heir to the throne. And in the temple cleansing which follows,...


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In the Greek New Testament, there seems to be the distinction between the Tabernacle and the Temple, which "houses" the Tabernacle. For the example, both the Greek word for "temple" (ναός) and "tabernacle" (σκηνή) occur together in the following verse. Revelation 15:5 Καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα εἶδον, καὶ ἠνοίγη ὁ ναὸς τῆς σκηνῆς τοῦ μαρτυρίου ἐν τῷ οὐρανῷ... [...


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The account of weeping and joy is ambiguous and the narrative does not resolve the ambiguity. Were they weeping because the first temple was so much better than the second ? Or were they weeping with gratitude to see the second, expressing the deeper feelings of experienced and aged elders, rather then the lesser elation of the joyfulness of enthusiastic, ...


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Exodus 20: 4“You shall not make for yourself an idol [H6459], or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5a “You shall not worship them or serve them; Exodus 25: 18a You shall make two cherubim of gold, But they did not worship these cherubim, so it was okay. NASB Translated H6459 as some sort of ...


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To be in God's "Resting Place" is to be in His tabernacle (mshknuth). This is the place of rest; this is also the place where the brazen altar, the altar of incense, lampstand, and the Holy of Holies are found. Until Solomon's Temple (approx. 1000 BC), the tabernacle was where God dwelt, all the laws concerning worship, sacrifices, rituals were prescribed ...


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Jerusalem coming down from the heavens is actually mentioned a few verses earlier in Revelation 21:2: I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. It's meaning follows in the next verse: And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God's dwelling place ...


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Did Jesus give in to political pressure by paying the temple tax as recorded in Matthew 17? Jesus gave an explanation in his answer; Matthew 17:27a Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them... This principle we can see also given by Paul; Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. The instruction ...


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No, Jesus did not subject Himself to the law of the land by paying the temple tax. For one thing, the temple tax (see Exodus 30:12 ff.) was not a law of the land, but it was a law of Moses imposed on the "sons of Israel" both as a ransom for them and for the maintenance of the "tent of meeting" (i.e., the tabernacle). By paying the temple ...


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We have to understand that the moneychangers and those who sold animals were performing a necessary service for the sacrifices offered in the temple, and were sanctioned by the temple authorities. The role of the moneychangers was to exchange the Roman coinage of Palestine, which was being constantly devalued, for coinage of a fixed value so that sacrificial ...


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The Septuagint version of 1 Kings gets it right with a diameter of 10 cubits (interior diameter) and a circumference of 33 cubits (exterior circumference). Divide 33 by 3 1/7 and you get exactly 10 1/2 cubits for the exterior diameter.


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I think you are mistaken here. The literal translation of ויאריכו is "and they lengthened". The root of this word is ארך which in Hebrew means "long", thus ויאריכו is to be rendered lengthened. Since it is obvious that they didn't literally lengthen the staves the commentaries explain that they drew them out towards the curtains in a way that they were ...


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What may have been John's source for believing this ? ...other than the obvious ?... John 2:18-22 The Jews then said to Him, “What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You ...


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In answer to the question, when did Jesus cleanse the Temple, I would suggest we consider to two Old Testament contexts, first from Lev 14:34-45 concerning the investigation of corruption in a house (leprous plague) and second from the command in Exo 12:15 to have all leaven removed from your house prior to Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread. In regards to ...


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Good question. So of course Christ here is quoting Isaiah 56:7 - Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called a house of prayer for all people. It's sort of a double meaning. Firstly He's saying all ...


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"The construction of all this work occupied, according to John ii. 20, forty-six years; in reality, however, it was not completed until the procuratorship of Albinus (62-64 C. E.), more than eighty years after its commencement." -1906 Jewish Encyclopedia Most likely John 2:20 is not a statement of the Temples completed state, but rather a statement of how ...


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