Scripture Union Daily Guide 7th August 2020 – Not Everything Is Beneficial
TODAY’S TOPIC: NOT EVERYTHING IS BENEFICIAL
OPENING PRAYER: I open my heart to meditate on your word, teach me your ways oh Lord.
SCRIPTURE: 1 Kings 7:1 ─ 12
1 But Solomon took thirteen years to build his own house; so he finished all his house.
2 He also built the House of the Forest of Lebanon; its length was [a]one hundred cubits, its width [b]fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits, with four rows of cedar pillars, and cedar beams on the pillars. 3 And it was paneled with cedar above the beams that were on forty-five pillars, fifteen to a row. 4 There were windows with beveled frames in three rows, and window was opposite window in three tiers. 5 And all the doorways and doorposts had rectangular frames; and window was opposite window in three tiers.
6 He also made the Hall of Pillars: its length was fifty cubits, and its width thirty cubits; and in front of them was a portico with pillars, and a canopy was in front of them.
7 Then he made a hall for the throne, the Hall of Judgment, where he might judge; and it was paneled with cedar from floor to [c]ceiling.
8 And the house where he dwelt had another court inside the hall, of like workmanship. Solomon also made a house like this hall for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom he had taken as wife.
9 All these were of costly stones cut to size, trimmed with saws, inside and out, from the foundation to the eaves, and also on the outside to the great court. 10 The foundation was of costly stones, large stones, some ten cubits and some eight cubits. 11 And above were costly stones, hewn to size, and cedar wood. 12 The great court was enclosed with three rows of hewn stones and a row of cedar beams. So were the inner court of the house of the Lord and the vestibule of the temple.
• Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
TODAY’S OUTLINE ON DAILY GUIDE 7TH AUGUST 2020 DEVOTIONAL
Solomon ensured that he finished with the Temple of the Lord before focusing on his palace. He was not in haste for his own palace, but rather impatient till the Temple was finished and fit for use. We ought to prefer God’s honour before our own ease and gratification. He took thirteen years to build his palace. That he used great and costly stones and cedars for his large palace was in no doubt.
It was as beautiful and magnificent as the Temple. The complex structure had three parts, namely, a) the king’s home b) the courtyard in the middle, and c) the house of the women on the other side. Solomon had other buildings, not only in Jerusalem, but in Lebanon (see 1 Kings 9:19).
We read of the Tower of Lebanon, which looks towards Damascus (Song of Songs 7:4), which probably was part of the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. An account is given of this house, that was built in Lebanon, a place famed for cedars, the pillars, and beams, and roof, were all cedar (1 Kings 7:2,3), and designed to project the wealth of the kingdom. For instance, there were three tiers of windows on each side, light against light (1 Kings 7:4,5). A real beauty to behold.
⁂ Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• And so: What special features and objects adorn your home now? Any reasons for these objects?
• Turn 1 Timothy 6:6–10 into prayer.
• Pray against harmful books and multimedia materials that masquerade as Christian materials.
• Offer a prayer of faith in line with Psalm 2:8
Read the Bible in one Year
Psalms 74–76; Acts 27:1–26
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