Daily Devotion and Prayer for January 22d, 2024

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Solomon Builds the Temple for Yahweh It happened in the four hundred and eightieth year after the ?Israelites? went out from the land of Egypt, in the fourth year ?of Solomon’s rule? over Israel, the month of Ziv (that is the second month), that he began to build the house for Yahweh. Now the house that King Solomon built for Yahweh was sixty cubits in its length and twenty cubits in its width and thirty cubits in its height….

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

     Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy!

     In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! 

     Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan,

     and he hears my voice. 

     Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you;

     He will never permit the righteous to be moved. 

Psalm 69:19-23, 32-33

19  You know my reproach, and my shame and my dishonor;

my foes are all known to you. 

20  Reproaches have broken my heart, so that I am in despair.

I looked for pity, but there was none,

and for comforters, but I found none. 

21  They gave me poison for food,

and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink. 

22  Let their own table before them become a snare;

and when they are at peace, let it become a trap. 

23  Let their eyes be darkened, so that they cannot see,

and make their loins tremble continually. 

32  When the humble see it they will be glad;

you who seek God, let your hearts revive. 

33  For the LORD hears the needy

and does not despise his own people who are prisoners. 

Reading for Monday January 22nd    1 Kings 6

Solomon Builds the Temple for Yahweh

6 It happened in the four hundred and eightieth year after the ?Israelites? went out from the land of Egypt, in the fourth year ?of Solomon’s rule? over Israel, the month of Ziv (that is the second month), that he began to build the house for Yahweh. Now the house that King Solomon built for Yahweh was sixty cubits in its length and twenty cubits in its width and thirty cubits in its height. The vestibule on the face of the main hall of the temple was twenty cubits in its length, and the width of the temple was ten cubits wide on the face of the temple. And he made for the temple specially designed framed windows, and he built a structure against the wall of the temple running all along the walls of the house, for the outer sanctuary and for the inner sanctuary, and made side rooms all around. The lower structure was five cubits in its width and the middle was six cubits in its width and the third was seven cubits in its width, for he made niches for the temple all around to the outside, so that beams would not attach to the walls of the temple. Now while the temple was being built, it was built with stones finished at the quarry, so that no hammer or stone shaping tool or any instrument of iron was heard in the temple as it was being built. The doorway of the side room in the middle of the side of the temple was on the south; they went up with a stairway to the middle and from the middle to the third floor. So he built the house and finished it. He covered the temple with rafters and wood planks and with the cedars. 10 He also built the structure against all of the temple five cubits in height and fastened it to the temple with beams of cedar.

11 Then the word of Yahweh came to Solomon, saying, 12 Regarding this temple that you are building: if you walk in my ordinances and if you do my judgments and you keep all my commandments to walk in them, then I will establish my promise with you which I made to David your father. 13 And I will dwell ?among? the ?Israelites?, and I will not forsake my people Israel.”

14 So Solomon built the temple and finished it. 15 He lined the walls ?of the inside of the house? with boards of cedar; from the floor of the temple up to the rafters of the ceiling he covered them with wood ?on the inside?. He also covered the floor of the temple with cypress boards. 16 He built twenty cubits from the rear of the house with boards of cedar from the floor up to the ceiling, and he built for it an inner sanctuary on the inside, as the ?most holy place?. 17 The main hall of the temple was forty cubits ?in front of the inner sanctuary?, 18 with the cedar within the inner house having carvings of gourds and buds of flowers. It was entirely of cedar; there was not a stone visible. 19 Now in the inner sanctuary in the middle of the temple he prepared the inside to place the ark of the covenant of Yahweh there. 20 In front, the inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long and twenty cubits wide and twenty cubits high, and he overlaid it with pure gold and covered the altar with cedar. 21 Solomon overlaid the temple on the inside with pure gold, and he drew across it with golden chains in front of the inner sanctuary, which he overlaid with gold.

22 All of the temple he overlaid with gold until all of the temple was finished; all of the altar which belonged to the inner sanctuary he overlaid with gold. 23 He made two cherubim of olive wood for the inner sanctuary, ten cubits high. 24 Five cubits was the first wing of the cherub, and five cubits the second wing of the cherub; ten cubits from the tip of his one wing up to the tip of his other wing. 25 The second cherub was ten cubits according to ?the same? measurement, and there was one shape for the two cherubim. 26 The height of the first cherub was ten cubits and so was the second cherub.

27 He placed the cherubim in the middle of the inner house, and they spread out the wings of the cherubim; the wing of the first cherub touched against the wall and the wing of the second cherub was touching against the second wall; their wings spread to the middle of the house and were touching wing to wing. 28 He also overlaid the cherubim with gold.

29 On all of the walls around the house, he carved engravings of cherubim and palm tree images and budding flowers both inside and out. 30 He overlaid the floor of the house with gold both inside and out. 31 He made doors of olive wood for the doorway of the inner sanctuary, as well as for the doorpost of the fifth doorframe. 32 On the two doors of olive wood he made carvings of cherubim and palm tree images and budding flowers, and he overlaid them with gold ?by beating? out the gold on the cherubim and the palm tree images. 33 Thus he made doorframes of olive wood on four sides for the doorway of the main hall 34 and two doors of cypress wood; one door with two folding panels and the second door with two folding panels. 35 He carved cherubim and palm tree images and budding flowers and overlaid them with gold evenly applied on the carved work. 36 Then he built the inner courtyard with three rows of dressed stone and a row of cedar beams. 37 In the fourth year, the house of Yahweh was founded in the month of Ziv. 38 In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, that is, the eighth month, the house was finished according to all his specifications and according to all his plans. He had built it in seven years.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

   O God, the strength of all who put their trust in You, mercifully grant that by Your power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Concluding Prayer

    Heavenly Father, send Your Holy Spirit into our hearts to direct and rule us according to Your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.