September 17, 2023 – Celebrate Rosh Hashanah!

The Jewish feast of Rosh Hashanah begins the “Days of Awe” that end at Yom Kippur. It’s a time of reflection and repentance, and for believers in Jesus it’s a time of thanksgiving for fulfilling these feasts and granting us forgiveness through the cross. It also is the Jewish New Year and probably marks the season when Jesus was born.

Memo about Rosh Hashanah:

Rosh Hashanah as a ‘Memorial’

… and some additional notes here:

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September 10, 2023 – 1 Kings 7 – Hiram the Artisan

King Hiram of Tyre appoints another Hiram – a master builder and artisan – to go to Jerusalem and help Solomon in the construction of the furniture and utensils of the Temple, as well as the two pillars of Boaz and Jachin. Like the Tabernacle, the Temple was laid out in a plan that points us toward the Messiah.

Notes on 1 Kings 7:1-51

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August 27, 2023 – 1 Kings 6 – The Building of the Temple

Hewing stones without tools, a curious Jewish fable and the missing silver in the building’s construction all illuminate hidden spiritual pictures in Solomon’s Temple.

Notes on 1 Kings 6:1-38

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August 20, 2023 – 1 Kings 5 – The Alliance of Hiram and Solomon

The friendship and alliance with the Phoenician King Hiram  not only helped Solomon build the Temple, but showed a deeper scriptural principle of Gentiles joining with  Jews to further God’s kingdom, fulfilled by  Gentile followers of Jesus among the first Christians.

Notes on 1 Kings 5:1-18

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August 13, 2023 – Numbers 19 – The Red Heifer

Tradition says there was one thing King Solomon could not understand in all his wisdom – the sacrifice of the Red Heifer, which is described in Numbers 19:1-22. Why were those who prepared and carried out the sacrifice rendered unclean, when the Red Heifer’s ashes mixed with water rendered everything clean?

Notes on the Red Heifer

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August 6, 2023 – 1 Kings 4 – The Greatness of Solomon’s Reign

The greatness of Solomon’s reign is shown regarding the provision, the extent and the quality of his kingdom. Within this description are hints pointing to Messiah’s Kingdom as described by the prophets, and Solomon being a type of Christ.

Notes on 1 Kings 4:1-34

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July 30, 2023 – 1 Kings 3 – The Wisdom of Solomon

In a dream, God asks Solomon what he desires. Solomon asks for wisdom to judge the people. God promises to grant him that as well as riches and power that he did not ask for. Solomon’s wisdom is illustrated by his judgment between the two harlots, where he decrees, “Cut the baby in half.”

Notes on 1 Kings 3:1-28

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