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Elohim

Raises prominent people for His purposes…
  • Abraham   Obeyed God and a new race was born
  • Joseph        Saved his people and other nations
  • Moses        Killed an Egyptian and led his people out of Egypt
  • Esther        Became a Queen ‘for such a time as this’
  • Deborah    Uses a tent peg and Slays a King
  • Joshua       Conquered a country
  • Gideon      Raised an army
  • David          Established a city

Solomon     Built a temple

Known Theologically as the 1st Temple

What was so important about the temple?

Solomon’s Temple, was also known as the First Temple, before its destruction by Nebuchadnezzar II after the Siege of Jerusalem in 586 BC. It was constructed under Solomon, David’s son after his death, when he became king of the Israelites.  It was a temple which was dedicated to Yahweh, the God of Israel and housed the Ark of the Covenant. The Shekinah {the Dwelling Place} – Between the Cherubim and over the mercy seat the place of communication with God. 

And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.  [Exodus 25:22 KJV]

Definition: – (Shekhinah (alternative transliterations Shekinah, Shechinah, Shekina, Shechina, Schechinah, שכינה) is the English spelling of a grammatically feminine Hebrew language word that means the dwelling or settling, used to denote the dwelling or settling presence of God (cf. divine presence), especially in the Temple in Jerusalem. Originally a portable shrine called the Ark of the Covenant, which was placed in a tent. – {the Tabernacle}

Look at Exodus 25:10 – 16 [KJV]

And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.   And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about.  And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it.  And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold.  And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark that the ark may be borne with them.  The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it.   And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee. [KJV]

The Ark of the Covenant – Ārōn Hāb’rīt, – was a chest which contained the Tablets of Stone on which the Ten Commandments were inscribed, Aaron’s rod and a jar of manna.  

  • Compare Exodus 16:33 – 34
  • Compare Numbers 17: 25 – 26

Compare also Exodus 40:20 – testimony

And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy seat above upon the ark: [KJV]

Hebrews 9:4 [KJV]

Which had the golden censer, and the Ark of the Covenant overlaid roundabout with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; [KJV]

Compare…  1 Kings 8:9          Look at the difference here, which is categoric in declaring that the Ark contained only the two Tablets of the Law.   [KJV]

There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt. [KJV]

Exodus 25:10 – 22

And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.   And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about.  And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it.  And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold.  And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark; that the ark may be borne with them.  [KJV]

The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it.   And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.  And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. And thou shalt make two cherubim’s of gold; of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.  And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubim’s on the two ends thereof.  [KJV]

And the cherubim’s shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim’s be.   And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.  [KJV]

And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim’s which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel. [KJV]

God communicated with Moses “from between the two cherubim” on the Ark’s cover.