FINITE DETAIL

Solomon’s temple delivered artistry in details that made an impression beyond the mere dimensional size of the building.  This gathered the best artistS of their day into a single expression of faith.

Moreover he made an altar of brass, twenty cubits the length thereof, and twenty cubits the breadth thereof, and ten cubits the height thereof.  Also he made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and five cubits the height thereof; and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.  And under it was the similitude of oxen, which did compass it round about: ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about. Two rows of oxen were cast, when it was cast.  It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward.  And the thickness of it was an handbreadth, and the brim of it like the work of the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies; and it received and held three thousand baths.  2 Chronicles 4:1-5

One artisan is operating under the influence of the Holy Spirit for an inspired work of beauty.  Solomon went on the make other temples for the gods of his many wives, but this one stood out as its inspiration was real.

He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and five on the left, to wash in them: such things as they offered for the burnt offering they washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to wash in.  And he made ten candlesticks of gold according to their form, and set them in the temple, five on the right hand, and five on the left.  He made also ten tables, and placed them in the temple, five on the right side, and five on the left. And he made an hundred basons of gold.  Furthermore he made the court of the priests, and the great court, and doors for the court, and overlaid the doors of them with brass.  And he set the sea on the right side of the east end, over against the south.  2 Chronicles 4:6-10

European churches later became glorious cathedrals, which often stand nearly empty today.  A church has to be more than just a fabulous building.  Scripture points to the church as being the body of many people.  Since a stone building cannot contain God, why would one make such a huge effort to build a house for him?  Huram is working with many art forms to make the furnishings of God’s house; casting, beating, and forming brass, gold and find woods. 

And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basons. And Huram finished the work that he was to make for king Solomon for the house of God;  To wit, the two pillars, and the pommels, and the chapiters which were on the top of the two pillars, and the two wreaths to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were on the top of the pillars;  And four hundred pomegranates on the two wreaths; two rows of pomegranates on each wreath, to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were upon the pillars.  He made also bases, and lavers made he upon the bases;  One sea, and twelve oxen under it.  2 Chronicles 4:11-15

Some builders have found a personal relationship with a God who answers prayer.  They are justifiably excited and motivated to share their discovery with their world.  Everyone who has a calling to create or teach should be inspired to share if they know that God cares about our unworthy world.  Today the church expresses this joy with passion in buildings and many other art forms.  Music, art, and media communications are the cathedrals of our generation.

The pots also, and the shovels, and the fleshhooks, and all their instruments, did Huram his father make to king Solomon for the house of the LORD of bright brass.  In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredathah.  Thus Solomon made all these vessels in great abundance: for the weight of the brass could not be found out.  And Solomon made all the vessels that were for the house of God, the golden altar also, and the tables whereon the shewbread was set;  Moreover the candlesticks with their lamps, that they should burn after the manner before the oracle, of pure gold;  And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of gold, and that perfect gold;  And the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers, of pure gold: and the entry of the house, the inner doors thereof for the most holy place, and the doors of the house of the temple, were of gold.  2 Chronicles 4:16-22

Johannes Gutenberg discovered gold in the words of the bible, which he wanted to share with many others.  To deliver these words to the world he invented the printing press.  That technology has been used to do both good and evil since then.  Today we see the same thing in the internet.  We use every tool of art and technology to communicate the most important message of all time; this gospel of Jesus.

As this bible study is published on WordPress, there are tools that reveal where readers come from, and what they search for that brings them to this posting.  Readers have come from all over the world.  By publishing a lot of scripture and a little commentary I can deliver his words more than my own.  His sheep know his voice, and his words are the bread of life.  We can all point to him and let readers discover him as a living God who answers.

If you can read this posting, you may also be able to reach others with the living word.  Your friends on Facebook and other sites may be open to your own bible discovery.  You too can publish to a lost world.  God has placed some gift in you for his kingdom.  Who knows what beauty may be formed by the changed lives of people who you alone may be able to reach?

Vessels that serve God are not all gold or brass.  Some are flesh that once was lost, but now they are found by the one who is worthy among us.

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