Will you use the resources God has given you for His purposes? Will you use the resources God has given you to glorify Him? Will you use the resources God has given you to exalt Him higher, so that when people see it, they will give God the praise, the honor, and the glory? Will you use the resources God has given you to complete the work?
Solomon’s Palace Complex
1But it took Solomon 13 years to build and complete his own palace. 2He also built the Forest House of Lebanon: its length was 100 cubits, its width 50 cubits and its height 30 cubits, built on four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars. 3It was paneled with cedar above the side chambers, which were on 45 pillars—15 in a row. 4And there were window frames in three rows, with window opposite window in three ranks. 5And all the doorways had rectangular frame, and with window opposite to window in three tiers. 6He also made a portico of columns, 50 cubits long and 30 cubits wide, with a porch in front, and in front of that were pillars and an overhanging roof. 7He also made the Hall of the Throne where he would judge—the Hall of Justice. It was paneled with cedar from the floor to the ceiling. 8His house where he would dwell, set farther back of the hall, was of the same construction. He also made a house like this hall for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom Solomon had taken to wife. 9All these were made of expensive stones—stone cut to size and sawed with saws inside and outside—from the foundation to the top and from the outside to the great court. 10The foundation was also made of expensive stones—huge stones, stones eight cubits and stones ten cubits. 11Above were expensive stones, cut to measure, and cedar wood. 12The surrounding great courtyard had three rows of cut stone and a row of cedar beams, the same as the inner court of the House of Adonai and the portico of the House.
Hiram the Bronze Craftsman
13King Solomon sent for and had Hiram brought from Tyre. 14He was a widow’s son from the tribe of Naphtali, while his father was a man of Tyre, a coppersmith, and he was filled with wisdom, understanding and skill to do any work in bronze. So he came to King Solomon and executed all his work. 15He fashioned the two bronze pillars, 18 cubits high and 12 cubits in circumference each. 16He also made two capitals of molten bronze to set upon the tops of the pillars (the height of each capital was five cubits), 17nettings of latticework and twisted threads of chain work for the capitals were on top of the pillars—seven for the one capital and seven for the other capital. 18So he made the pillars with two rows of pomegranates all around on the netting covering the capitals on top of each capital. 19The capitals that were on the top of the pillars in the portico were of lily design, four cubits high. 20So also the capitals on the two pillars—close to the belly next to the netting were the pomegranates in rows of 200 around both capitals. 21Thus he set up the pillars at the porticos of the Temple. He set up the right pillar and named it Jachin, and he set up the left pillar and named it Boaz. 22On the top of the pillars was lily design. So the work of the pillars was finished. 23Next he made the sea of cast metal, ten cubits across from brim to brim, circular in form, five cubits in its height and 30 cubits in circumference. 24Under its brim there were gourds encircling it, ten per cubit, completely surrounding the sea. The gourds were cast in two rows in one piece with it. 25It stood on twelve oxen, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east; and the sea was set on top of them, and all their rear parts were inward. 26It was a handbreadth thick, and its brim was made like the brim of a cup, like the petals of a lily; it held 11,000 gallons. 27Then he made ten bases of bronze—the length of each base was four cubits, the width four cubits and the height three cubits. 28The structure of the bases was as follows: they had borders, and borders between the frames, 29and on the borders that were below the frames were lions, oxen and cheruvim. On the frames there was a pedestal manner above, and beneath the lions and oxen were wreaths of hanging work. 30Each base had four bronze wheels with bronze axles. Its four legs had brackets; the brackets were beneath the laver, cast with wreaths at each side. 31Its opening inside the crown at the top was a cubit high, and its opening was round like the design of a pedestal, a cubit and a half, and also on its opening were engravings, and their borders were square, not round. 32The four wheels were underneath the borders, and the axles of the wheels were in the base. The height of a wheel was a cubit and half. 33And the structure of the wheels was like the structure of a chariot wheel; their axletrees, their rims, their spokes, and their hubs were all cast metal. 34There were four brackets at the four corners of each base; each bracket was of one piece with the base itself. 35On top of the base there was a band half a cubit high encircling it—its braces and its borders were part of it. 36On the plates of the braces and on its borders, he engraved cheruvim, lions and palm trees, wherever there was clear space around each, with encircling wreaths. 37He made the ten bases like this—all of them cast from the same mold, the same size and same shape. 38Then he made ten basins of bronze: one basin held 220 gallons. Each basin was four cubits, and on each of the ten bases was one basin. 39Then he set up the laver stands, five on the right side of the House and five on the left side of the House, and set up the sea of cast metal on the right side of the House eastward, toward the south. 40Then Hiram made the basins, the shovels, and the sprinkling bowls. So Hiram finished doing all the work that he performed for King Solomon on Adonai’s House: 41the two pillars, the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars, the two nettings to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars, 42the 400 pomegranates for the two nettings, two rows of pomegranates for each to cover the two bowls of the capitals on top of the pillars, 43the ten bases and the ten basins on the bases, 44the one sea and the 12 oxen under the sea, 45the pots, the shovels and the basins. All these vessels Hiram made for King Solomon in the House of Adonai were made of polished bronze. 46The king had them cast in the plain of the Jordan, with clay of the ground between Sukkot and Zarethan. 47Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because they were too many—the weight of the bronze could not be determined. 48So Solomon made all the equipment that was to be in the House of Adonai: the golden altar, the table on which was the bread of the presence, of gold; 49the menorahs—five on the right side and five on the left in front of the inner Sanctuary—of pure gold; the flowers, the lamps and the tongs, of gold; 50the cups, the snuffers, the bowls, the wick trimmers and the fire pans, of pure gold; the hinges for the doors of the inner House, the Holy of Holies, and for the doors of the House, that is, of the Temple, of gold. 51When all the work that King Solomon did in Adonai’s House was finished, Solomon brought in the things that his father David had dedicated—the silver, the gold and the vessels—and put them in the treasuries of the House of Adonai.
–from 1 Kings 7 (TLV)
Will people see what you are doing, what you have done, what you are about to do and praise your Father in heaven? Will you live life to a higher calling?
The Temple Furnishings
1Moreover, he made a bronze altar 20 cubits long, 20 cubits wide and ten cubits high. 2He also made the Sea of cast metal ten cubits across from brim to brim, perfectly round. It was five cubits high and its circumference was 30 cubits. 3Beneath it, figures like bulls were set all around it, ten cubits encircling the Sea. The bulls were in two rows, cast in one piece with it. 4The Sea stood on 12 bulls, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east. The Sea rested upon them and their hindquarters were all turned inward. 5It was a handbreadth thick, and the brim was like the brim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It held 3,000 vats. 6He also made ten basins for washing and placed five on the right side and five on the left. In them the items used for the burnt offering were rinsed, but the kohanim washed in “the Sea”. 7Next he made the ten menorot of gold in the manner prescribed for them and set them in the Temple, five on the right hand and five on the left. 8He also made ten tables and placed them in the Temple, five on the right side and five on the left. He also made 100 gold bowls. 9Then he made the courtyard of the kohanim and the great courtyard and doors for the courtyard. He overlaid the doors with bronze. 10He set the Sea on the south side at the southeast corner. 11Huram also made the pots, the shovels and the bowls. So Huram-abi finished the work that he had undertaken for King Solomon in the House of God: 12the two pillars, the bowls and the two capitals on the top of the pillars, and the two lattice-works to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars, 13and the 400 pomegranates for the two lattice-works (two rows of pomegranates for each lattice-work to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were upon the top of the pillars). 14He also made the stands, the basins upon the stands, 15and the one Sea with the 12 bulls under it, 16as well as the pots, the shovels and the meat hooks. All the utensils Huram-abi made for King Solomon for the House of Adonai were of polished bronze. 17The king had them cast with clay earth from the Jordan Valley between Succoth and Zeredah. 18Solomon made all these utensils in such great quantities that the weight of the bronze could not be determined. 19Solomon also made all the furnishings that were in the House of God, including the golden altar, the tables on which was the Bread of Presence, 20the menorot with their lamps of pure gold to burn in front of the inner sanctuary as prescribed 21with the flowers and the lamps and the tongs of gold, the purest gold, 22and the snuffers, the bowls, the spoons and the fire-pans of pure gold, and the doors of the House—the inner doors for the Holy of Holies and the doors of the House, that is, the Temple—were of gold.
–from 2 Chronicles 4 (TLV)
What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Do you turn to Jesus our counselor, our comforter, our guide? Do you ask Jesus who is mediating for us, bridging the gap, and sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding for you and for me? Do you turn to Jesus who gave it all, once for all, no additional sacrifice required after all He did?
Yeshua, Mediator of a Better Covenant
1Now here is the main point being said. We do have such a Kohen Gadol, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens. 2He is a priestly attendant of the Holies and the true Tent—which Adonai set up, not man. 3For every kohen gadol is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, so it is necessary for this One also to have something to offer. 4Now if He were on earth, He would not be a kohen at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Torah. 5They offer service in a replica and foreshadower of the heavenlies—one that is just as Moses was instructed by God when he was about to complete the tabernacle. For He says, “See that you make everything according to the design that was shown to you on the mountain.” 6But now Yeshua has obtained a more excellent ministry, insofar as He is the mediator of a better covenant which has been enacted on better promises. 7For if that first one had been faultless, there would not have been discourse seeking a second. 8For finding fault with them, He says, “Behold, days are coming, says Adonai, when I will inaugurate a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 9It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. For they did not remain in My covenant, and I did not care for them, says Adonai. 10For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says Adonai. I will put My Torah into their mind, and upon their hearts I will write it. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 11And no more will they teach, each one his fellow citizen and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know Adonai,’ because all will know Me, from the least of them to the greatest. 12For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and their sins I will remember no more.” 13In saying “new,” He has treated the first as old; but what is being made old and aging is close to vanishing.
–from Hebrews 8 (TLV)
Do you realize there is a purpose for the Sabbath? Do you realize it was created on purpose for a purpose? Do you realize the importance of it? Now don’t get me wrong, remember how the law can be summarized in the two Jesus gave us: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, your mind, your strength, and your soul! and Love your neighbor as yourself! So we aren’t to neglect helping someone because of the day of the week! Let’s consider how Jesus put it…Have you got your own inner circle? Who can you trust? Who do you share with? Do you have a Be attitude?
Shabbat in the Grain Fields
1Now during Shabbat, Yeshua was passing through grain fields; and His disciples were picking and eating heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. 2But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not permitted on Shabbat?” 3Then answering them, Yeshua said, “Haven’t you read what David did when he was hungry, and those with him? 4How he entered into the house of God, took and ate the showbread which only the kohanim are permitted to eat, and even gave it to those with him?” 5He said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of Shabbat.”
Shabbat Controversy at the Synagogue
6On a different Shabbat, Yeshua entered the synagogue and was teaching. A man was there, whose right hand was paralyzed. 7But closely watching Him were the Torah scholars and Pharisees, to see if He heals on Shabbat, so that they might find grounds to accuse Him. 8But He knew their opinions and said to the man with the paralyzed hand, “Get up and stand in our midst.” And getting up, the man stood. 9Yeshua said to them, “I ask you, is it permitted on Shabbat to do good or to do evil, to save or to destroy a life?” 10Then looking around at everyone, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” The man did, and his hand was restored. 11But they were filled with fury and discussed among themselves what they might do to Yeshua.
Appointing the Twelve
12And it was during these days that Yeshua went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent all night in prayer to God. 13When day came, He called His disciples, choosing from among them twelve whom He also named emissaries— 14Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; and Jacob and John; and Philip and Bartholomew; 15and Matthew and Thomas; Jacob the son of Alphaeus; Simon who was called the Zealot; 16Judah the son of Jacob; and Judah from Kriot, who became a traitor.
The Sermon on the Plain
17Then Yeshua came down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of His disciples and a multitude of people, from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon, 18had come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases. Even those disturbed by defiling spirits were being healed. 19Everyone in the crowd was trying to touch Him, because power flowed from Him and He was healing them all. 20And looking up at His disciples, He said, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. 22Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and spurn your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. 23Rejoice in that day and jump for joy! For behold, your reward is great in heaven! For their fathers used to treat the prophets the same way.” 24But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full. 25Woe to you who are full, for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who are laughing now, for you shall mourn and weep. 26Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets the same way.” 27“But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for the ones who mistreat you. 29To the one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also. And from the one who takes your cloak, do not hold back your shirt. 30Give to every one who asks you; and whoever takes something of yours, make no demands upon him. 31“Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who are doing good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do this. 34And if you lend to those from whom you expect to take, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same. 35“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great and you will be sons of Elyon, for He is kind to the ungrateful and evil ones. 36Be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate to you.” 37Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Pardon, and you will be pardoned. 38Give, and it will be given to you—a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, overflowing, will be given into your lap. For whatever measure you measure out will be measured back to you.” 39He also spoke this parable to them: “The blind cannot show the way to the blind, can he? Won’t they both fall into a pit? 40A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher. 41“Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the beam in your own eye? 42How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly the speck in your brother’s eye, to take it out.” 43“For there is no good tree that produces rotten fruit, nor again does a rotten tree produce good fruit. 44Each tree comes to be known by its own fruit. For figs are not gleaned out of briars; neither are bunches of grapes gathered from thorn bushes. 45“Out of the good treasure of his heart the good man brings forth good, and out of evil the evil man brings forth evil. For from the overflow of the heart his mouth speaks.” 46“Why do you call Me ‘Master, Master’ and do not do what I say? 47Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and does them, I will show you what he is like. 48He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock. And when a flood came, the torrent burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49“But the one who hears yet does not do is like a man who built a house upon land without a foundation. When the torrent burst against it, immediately it collapsed—and the destruction of that house was great!”
–from Luke 6 (TLV)
Let’s produce good fruit! Let’s shine for Jesus so that when people see us they glorify our Father in heaven!