Fr. James' Lectionary

The Lectionary is both a reading program for completing all of Holy Scripture on a one year schedule, and a daily comment on a portion of the day's reading wedded to a poem to give an added perspective on the theme.

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Friday, September 02, 2005

The Temple of Solomon

Daily Readings
Psalm 119:137-160 + I Kings 7 + I Chronicles 25 + Jeremiah 20

Quote of the Day
Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it. Psalm 119:140

Daily Text: I Kings 7

The Temple of Solomon
This is the description of the Temple of Solomon, its ornamentation and furniture. What is left to the imagination and extra-biblical sources are the technical details of how it was done and what uses there were for the pillars, the ‘seas,’ the ten stands with their ‘chariots.’ What the author tells is that it took seven years to build it and thirteen more for the palace nearby. He tells us also of Hiram of Tyre, a man skilled in the working of bronze—Hiram, not the king, but the son of a Jewish maid and a man from Tyre.

The palace was twice, more than twice the size of the temple. It had more uses, a throne room used often as court of Justice, a Hall of Pillars, a great portico, apartments for the king and his Egyptian queen, but the enormity of it compared with the temple says something. One thing it says is that here in the palace was the center of national life. Another, is that the temple may have been seen as a royal chapel, critical, but ancillary. The biblical record, of course, centers more on the temple, but one cannot ignore the comment made by the House of the Forest of the Lebanon.

from The Two Temples
C.T. Corlis
I Kings vii

Through the mist of the years in the long, long ago,
I saw in a vision a Temple, aglow—
Aglow with the beams of the orient sun,
Whose splendor and vastness conception outrun.

No sound of the hammer or trowel was there,
In silence that Temple uprose in the air,
Like some gorgeous castle in fairy tale told,
All covered with silver and inlaid with gold.

They builded with marble that Temple of old,
It has faded and gone like a tale that it told!
They builded with cedar, gold, silver and brass,
It has vanished like dew when exhaled from the grass.

But we have a Temple not builded with hands,
Eternal as truth, in its glory it stands;
Age dims not its luster, grand, glorious, sublime,
Unmarred by the tempests, untarnished by time.


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