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Sanctuary and Service 2
"Then have them make a sanctuary for Me, and I will dwell among them."
Exodus 25:8

Solomonic Sanctuary (The First Temple)
"have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting My name there for ever. My eyes and My heart will always be there."
1 Kings 9:3
rejected from being its builder because the city Salem ('Peace') needed to first be true to its name, earned under godly king Melchizedek in the time of Abraham, David is inspired by God to design the Temple and the order of its services to replace the Tabernacle of Moses (1Chron.28:11-19).
Great Altar: "Then he made a brass altar, twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide and ten cubits high." (2Ch 4:1).
The Laver: "And he made the great water-vessel of metal, round in form, measuring ten cubits across from edge to edge; it was five cubits high and thirty cubits round. And under it was a design of flowers all round it, ten to a cubit, circling the water-vessel in two lines; they were made from liquid metal at the same time as the water-vessel. It was supported on twelve oxen, three facing to the north, three to the west, three to the south, and three to the east, the water-vessel resting on top of them; their back parts were all turned to the middle of it. It was as thick as a man's open hand, and the edge of it was curved like the edge of a cup, like a lily flower; it would take three thousand baths." (2Ch 4:2-5).
his reign, David accumulated for its construction –
3000 talents  of pure gold (c.100 metric tons)
7000 talents of pure silver (c. 240 metric tons)
plus large quantities of bronze, iron, wood, and precious stones (1Chron.29).
"Then David gave to his son Solomon the design of the doorway of the house of God and of its houses and its store-houses, and the higher rooms and the inner rooms and the place for the mercy-seat; And the design of all he had in his heart for the outer squares of the house of the Lord, and for the rooms all round it, and for the store-houses of the house of the Lord, and for the store-houses for the holy things; And for the divisions of the priests and Levites, and for all the work in connection with the worship of the house of the Lord, and all the vessels used in the house of the Lord; Of gold, by weight, for the vessels of gold, for all the vessels of different uses; and silver for all the vessels of silver by weight, for vessels of different uses; And gold by weight for the light-supports and the vessels for the lights, the weight of gold needed for every support and every vessel for lights; and for the silver light-supports, the weight of silver needed for every support and for the different vessels as every one was to be used; And gold by weight for the tables for the holy bread for every table, and silver for the silver tables; Clear gold for the meat-hooks and the basins and the cups; for the gold basins, gold enough by weight for every basin; and silver by weight for every silver basin; And the best gold for the altar of perfumes; and gold for the design of the carriage, for the winged ones whose wings were outstretched covering the ark of the Lord's agreement. All this, said David, the design for all these things, has been made dear to me in writing by the hand of the Lord." (1Ch 28:11-19)
  Solomon purchases 120 talents of gold (c.4 metric tons) and large quantities of cedar and pine wood from Hiram of Tyre in exchange for 20 towns in Galilee (1Kg.9:11-14).
Solomon uses slave labour of descendants of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizittes and Jebusites for the construction (1Kg.9:20-23).
History and Abuse
  Solomon constructs the Temple according to the design given to his father David by the Holy Spirit -
"Then David gave Solomon his son the plan ... All this He made clear to me in writing from the hand of the Lord, all the work to be done according to the plan." (1 Chron. 28:11-19).
  To Exile
"And they burned the House of God and broke down the wall of of Jerusalem ..." (2 Chron. 36:19).
The Officers  
  All alcoholic drinks are prohibited on pain of death, during their service, for they are teachers of God's Word (Lev.10:8-11).
They are to be holy and without disease or defect because they offer the "food" of God (Lev.21:6).
High Priests
  Initially these were the firstborn sons descended from  the son of Aaron
Then, in the time of David, to fulfil  the promise of God to Phineas the son of 
  Sons of Aaron  
  Officiating Priest's share -
  • the breast of the Burnt Offering and the hide. (Lev.7:8)
  • the breast and the right thigh of the Fellowship Offering

  • (Lev.7:28-36)
    Every male over twenty years who had no deformity or disease.
    "For David said, Jehovah, the God of Israel, hath given rest unto His people; and He dwelleth in Jerusalem for ever: and also the Levites shall no more have need to carry the tabernacle and all the vessels of it for the service thereof. For by the last words of David the sons of Levi were numbered, from twenty years old and upward. For their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of Jehovah, in the courts, and in the chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, even the work of the service of the house of God; for the showbread also, and for the fine flour for a meal-offering, whether of unleavened wafers, or of that which is baked in the pan, or of that which is soaked, and for all manner of measure and size; and to stand every morning to thank and praise Jehovah, and likewise at even; and to offer all burnt-offerings unto Jehovah, on the sabbaths, on the new moons, and on the set feasts, in number according to the ordinance concerning them, continually before Jehovah; and that they should keep the charge of the tent of meeting, and the charge of the holy place, and the charge of the sons of Aaron their brethren, for the service of the house of Jehovah." (1Ch 23:25-32)
    Gate Keepers
      "All these that were chosen to be porters in the thresholds were two hundred and twelve.
    These were reckoned by genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer did ordain in their office of trust."
    (1Ch 9:22).
    "Then the name of Zechariah his son, a man wise in discussion, came out, and the door on the north was given to him." (1Ch 26:14)
    "and on the north and the south four [Levites] a day" (1Ch 26:17)
    "To Hosah, the door on the west, by the door of Shallecheth, at the footway which goes up, watch by watch." (1Ch 26:16)
    The Temple
    "And the care of the door on the east came out for Shelemiah." (1Ch 26:14)
    "On the east were six Levites a day ..." (1Ch 26:17)
    "...and for the store-house two and two [Levites]." (1Ch 26:17)
    "To Obed-edom, that on the south; and to his sons, the store-house." (1Ch 26:15)
    The Earlier Festivals  
    "These are the Lord's appointed feasts, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies for bringing offerings made to the Lord by fire - the burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings required for each day.
    These offerings are in addition to those for the Lord's Sabbaths and in addition to your gifts and whatever you have vowed and all the freewill offerings you give to the Lord."
    (Lev. 23:37-38).
    First Month (Abib / Nisan)
    Passover (Pesach) (Exodus 12:1-27, 43-49; Deut. 16:1-7)
    From twilight on the 14th day of the First Month until dawn on the 15th day.
    A year old sheep or goat is to be roasted and completely eaten in family groups. The meal continues in a vigil until dawn.
    Unleavened Bread (Exodus 12:14-20; Deut. 16:8, 16-17)
    From dawn on the 15th day of the First Month until the 21st day of the month inclusive.
    No yeast is to be used or kept during this time in commemoration of the haste with which Israel left Egypt. The first and last days (15th & 21st) are festival days of no manual labour and of special offerings.
    First Fruits
    The first barley sheaf
    Sevens (Shavuot) Pentecost (Deut. 16:9-12, 16-17)
    After seven-times-seven days (49) the next day (50th) is a special day, on which two barley loaves are presented as wave offering
    Seventh Month (Ethanim)
    First day of the month is a  day of rest. Present an offering to the Lord made by fire.
    Atonement (Kippur)
    The tenth day of the month is a day of rest and fasting, from the evening of the 9th to the following evening.
    Booths (Succot) (Deut. 16:13-17)
    From the 15th day of the month, for seven days, present burnt offerings to the Lord. The first and eighth days are scared assemblies on which no work is to be done.
    During this week Israel is to live under branch booths. (Every seventh year this feast is the feast of the public reading of the Law - Deut.31:10-13).

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