2 Chronicles 17-18

2 Chronicles 17-18

Chapter 17: The Book of the Law of God

Jehoshaphat reigned and strengthened himself against Israel. He fortified and placed troops in the cities of Judah, and Ephraim and walked in the ways of the Lord. Jehoshaphat continues in the ways of the Lord is greatly blessed for this; he takes down the high places and the images from Judah.

In the 3rd year of his reign he sends leaders; Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Michaiah to teach in the cities of Judah.  Accompanying the teachers were some Levites; Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tobadonijah. With the Levites were; Elishama, and Jehoram, who were priests. They went throughout the cities, teaching from the Book of the Law of God. The fear of the Lord spread throughout the land.

The Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents and silver as tribute, the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand seven hundred rams, and seven thousand seven hundred male goats. Jehoshaphat becoming increasingly more and more powerful by the day. Jehoshaphat continued to build his presence and fortified his cities. His army was comprised of valiant honorable men.

The captains and there men:

Adnah: 300,000 men.

Jehohanan: 280,000 men.

Benjamin: Eliada: 200,000 men.

Jehozabad: 180,000 men.

Among  these men, was; Amasiah the son of Zichri, who offered himself up to the Lord.

Chapter 18: Ahab’s False Prophets

Jehoshaphat had riches and honor, but by and through marriage he allied himself with Ahab. A few years go by and he goes to visit Ahab in Samaria, Ahab for his guest kills sheep and oxen in abundance, and persuaded Jehoshaphat to go up with him to Ramoth Gilead.  So Jehoshaphat and his people agree to go up with Ahab to fight against Ramoth Gilead.

The prophets and seers tell them both that the Lord will help them until the Syrians are gone. Michaiah, the prophet, tells the king that the Lord will help them prosper. He sees in a vision that all of Israel is scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. Micaiah prophesied evil against Ahab, and Ahab was not happy.

“… Therefore hear the word of the Lord; I saw the Lord sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left. And the Lord said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-Gilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner.  Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will entice him. And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so. Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil against thee.” (2 Chronicles 18-22)

So, Ahab was deceived by the prophets. In reality going to Ramoth Gilead would mean his death. Micaiah is thrown in prison because Ahab was upset by his harsh, yet true words. The King of Israel and Jehoshaphat go up to Ramoth Gilead. Ahab goes into battle dressed as a soldier and not as a king, but Jehoshaphat agrees to go into battle as a king.

Well some time into the battle, they recognize that the king is there and go to attack. Upon surrounding Jehoshaphat they go to kill him, but because he turned to the Lord, they were thwarted and left his presence. But Ahab, was struck through the weak parts of his arm and is killed at the time the sun was setting, this was done at random as he was no special target. Micaiah was right.

 

2 Chronicles 15-16

2 Chronicles 15-16

Chapter 15: Judah Shall Prosper

The spirit of God came upon Azariah, who was the son of Oded. Azariah goes to meet Asa and he says to Asa, Benjamin and all of Judah; “…The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.” (2 Chronicles 15:2)

“Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. But when they in their trouble did turn unto the Lord God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity. Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.”  (2 Chronicles 15:3-7)

Without the true God, and without an authorized representative of God, the people were without law. When the people turned away from God bad things happen and even in their lowest state, if they turned to God, he would turn back to them and restore them, and lift them back up!

Upon hearing this, Asa takes courage and removes the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from all the cities that he had taken in the mountains of Ephraim. He restored the altar of God. In the third month and in the fifteenth year of Asa’s reign they made an offering to the Lord of 700 bulls, 7,000 sheep and with this they entered into a covenant with the Lord to seek him with all their heart and soul. Anyone who did not seek the Lord would be put to death. The heart of Asa was loyal all his days and he brought good things into the house of the Lord. There was no war until the 35th year of his reign.

Chapter 16: Asa Lacks Faith

In the 36th year of Asa’s reign, Baasha the king of Israel came up against Judah and built Ramah. So Asa takes gold and silver from the treasury of the house of the Lord and sends it to Ben-Hadad, who is king of Syria with a message for him to make a treaty with him. So that he would have to break a treaty with Israel and cause them to withdraw.

So, Ben-Hadad agreed with King Asa and made a treaty with him and caused that his armies go against the cities of Israel; Ijon, Dan, Abel Main and all the cities of Naphtali. When Baasha heard this, he stopped building the city of Ramah and fled. Asa, took all of Judah and carried away the materials in Ramah and used them in the building of Geba and Mizpah.

At the same time a seer by the name of Hanani comes to Asa and says to him; “…Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not elide on the Lord thy God, therefore is the host of the King of Syria escaped out of thine hand…” (2 Chronicles 16:7)

Because Asa did not rely on the Lord, he failed to see that the bigger enemy was actually Syria and not Israel. God would have helped him and even wanted to give Asa that victory and glory.

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…” (2 Chronicles 16:9)

So if we turn to go, with a pure and perfect heart, he will show his strength to you. But because Asa did not rely on the Lord, he was foolish and wars would follow. Because of the Seer’s message, Asa was angered and throws him into prison. Asa also oppressed some of the people. The rest of the acts of Asa are written in yet another LOST BOOK of the Bible. He reigned for a total of 39 years. Asa became diseased in the feet and he did not turn to the Lord, but instead to the physicians, Asa dies. He is buried in his own tomb, in the City of David.

2 Chronicles 13-14

2 Chronicles 13-14

Chapter 13: The Lord Kills Jeroboam

In the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam, Abijah became king over Judah. He reigned three years in Jerusalem. A war broke out between Abijah and Jeroboam. Abijah had four hundred thousand choice warriors. Jeroboam also formed eight hundred thousand choice men of valor, to go up into battle against one another.

Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim, which is the mountains of Ephraim and he said to Jeroboam and all of Israel;

“Ought ye not to know that the Lord God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David forever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt? Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of David, is risen up, and hath rebelled against his lord. And there are gathered unto him vain men, the children of Belial, and have strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and tenderhearted, and could not withstand them. And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of the Lord in the hand of the sons of David; and ye be a great multitude, and there are with you golden calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods. Have ye not cast out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and have made you priests after the manner of the nations of other lands? so that whosoever cometh to consecrate himself with a young bullock and seven rams, the same may be a priest of them that are no gods. But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken him; and the priests, which minister unto the Lord, are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites wait upon their business: And they burn unto the Lord every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices and sweet incense: the shewbread also set they in order upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold with the lamps thereof, to burn every evening: for we keep the charge of the Lord our God; but ye have forsaken him. And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye not against the Lord God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper.” (2 Chronicles 13: 5-12)

Abijah argued that the dynasty of David is the only legitimate house to rule over the tribes of Israel, including the 10 northern tribes that rebelled under Jeroboam. King Abijah essentially threatens the king and challenges him to fight against the Lord, because that is who they were really fighting against and not against Abijah and his small army.

Jeroboam, however was not going to listen he caused an ambush to happen from both sides of Abijah and his men. Something that was not very honorable since the battle had yet to begin and negotiations were still being considered. So Abijah and his men, upon seeing this ambush dropped to the ground and sounded their trumpets to the heavens crying out to the Lord for deliverance.

The Lord listened to their cry and caused that Jeroboam and his men be struck down, giving Abijah and his men the ability to slay 500,000 thousand of his men, with only 400,000 men on the side of Abijah. Abijah pursued Jeroboam and took many cities from him.

Jeroboam did not recover his strength again, and he later died. Abijah on the other hand grew mighty, had fourteen wives, 22 sons and 16 daughters. The rest of his acts are written in the book of the prophet of Iddo. Yet another lost book of the bible!

Chapter 14: Asa Reigns in Judah

Abijah passes away and is buried in the City of David. Asa, his son reigns in his place and for 10 years of his reign there is peace and quiet in the land. Asa did what was good in the eyes of the Lord and he removed altars of the foreign gods and the temples with whom others had built. Asa commands Judah to seek the Lord and to observe the law and his commandments. Asa builds fortified cities in Judah and he had no wars, because the Lord had given them rest.
Asa tells Judah the importance of building cities with great walls around them, with towers, gates and bars while the land is still under their control, to avoid having it taken back from them. Because of this, they built and prospered. Asa also worked on the army and had three hundred thousand men from Judah, who carried shields, and spears. Benjamin also has two hundred and eighty thousand men who carried shields, and drew bows who were very mighty men of valor.
Not too much time goes by when Zerah the Ethiopian comes out against them with an army of a million me and three hundred chariots. They came to Mareshah. So Asa fought against them, in a battle at the Valley of Zephathah in Mareshah. Asa cried out to the Lord God asking for his help, so that they might rest. Asa praised the Lord.
The Lord heard the cries and struck down the Ethiopians before Asa and all of Judah. The Ethiopaians fled. Asa and his people pursued them to Gerar, where the Ethiopians were overthrown. They were beaten down to the point of no recovery. Asa and his people were able to return victorious and with lots of spoil.

2 Chronicles 11-12

2 Chronicles 11-12

Chapter 11: Jeroboam does wickedly

When Rehoboam comes to Jerusalem, he assembled from the house of Judah and Benjamin; one hundred and eighty thousand (180,000) warriors. This was the time of Jeroboam’s rebellion against the house of David. Rehoboam would keep the kingdom united, even if he had to do it by force. He was ready for a war against any of the Tribes of Israel that wanted to secede, but God spoke through a prophet in order to stop him. It was convincing enough, because Jeroboam decided to listen to the words of God spoken through Shemaiah, who was a man of God.

Rehoboam stayed in Jerusalem and made sure to build cities of defense in Judah, Bethlehem, Tekoa, Beth Zur, Sochoh, Adullam, Gath, Mareshah, Ziph, Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah, Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron. He fortified strongholds and put captains to watch over stores of food, oil and wine. He put shields and spears; making them very strong.

From all the territories; the priests and the Levites who were in Israel came out and took their stand with him. Jeroboam and his sons had been rejected from serving as priests of the Lord and therefore were now appointed as priests in the high places for the demons, and the calf idols. With this, they were able to strengthen the kingdom of Judah, but only because of the godly men and women who had migrated there. The kingdom was strong for 3 years because they walked in the way of David and Solomon.

Rehoboam took for himself as a wife; Mahalath and she bore him children: Jeush, Shamariah, and Zaham. Rehoboam also took for himself eighteen wives and sixty concubines. Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maachah as chief to be leader among his brothers. He dispersed his sons throughout all the territories of Judah and Benjamin in order to keep them from forming an alliance to overthrow Abijah, who would be the likely successor to the throne.

Chapter 12: Rehoboam forsakes the Lord

After Rehoboam had established his kingdom with strength, he completely forsook the law of the Lord and all of Israel along with him. He grew independent of God, instead of becoming more dependent on him. Essentially he looked to his own strength and wisdom, instead of humbling himself before the Lord.

In the fifth year of the reign of the King of Rehoboam, Shishak the king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem and because they had transgressed against the Lord, the Lord held his hand back and let the king of Egypt, Lubim, Sukkim and the Ethiopians take the fortified cities of Judah and Jerusalem. Shishak (known in Egyptian history as Sheshonk I), was the founder of the 22nd Dynasty and one of the most energetic Pharaohs. His campaigns include a list of documented cities of Palestine that he conquered which stands to this day, carved into the walls of the temple of Amon at Karnak.

Shemaiah, the prophet comes to Rehoboam and relays a message from God; “…Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak.” (2 Chronicles 12:5). Shemaiah was the same prophet who discouraged Rehoboam from attacking the 10 tribes of Israel that rejected the leadership and ultimately formed the northern kingdom of Israel (see: 2 Chronicles 11:1-4).

Because of this invasion, the leaders and King of Israel humbled themselves and said; “…The Lord is righteous.” (2 Chronicles 12:6). After the Lord had seen them humble themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah saying; “…They had humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service and the service of the kingdoms of the countries” (2 Chronicles 12:7-8).

So, Shishak comes to Jerusalem and takes away all of the treasures of the house of the Lord and treasures of the King’s house. He also took away the gold shields, which Solomon had made. After the useless gold shields were taken to Egypt, Rehoboam made shields of bronze in their place. This is an example of the fall; from gold to bronze in less than 5 years!

Thus Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem and reigned. Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king; and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put His name there. His mother’s name was Naamah. And he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord. The acts of Rehoboam, first and last, were written in the book of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the seer. Again, the Lost Books of the Bible. And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days. So Rehoboam rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David. Then Abijah his son reigned in his place.

2 Chronicles 9-10

2 Chronicles 9-10

Chapter 9: Queen of Sheba and Solomon

When the Queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to ask very hard questions of Solomon to prove of his wisdom and knowledge. After the Queen of Sheba heard the answers, wisdom and the house and all that Solomon had built. She approved. She didn’t believe until she saw with her own eyes, but after seeing everything she knew that people had only told of half the greatness of Solomon. She gave Solomon 120 talents of gold, precious spices in abundance and many precious stones.

Solomon also received gold, algum trees and precious stones from Huram. With the algum trees, Solomon made terraces and harps. The amount of gold that came into Solomon in just one year was six hundred and three score and six talents of gold. This equates to about 49,950 pounds of gold or about 25 tons! OR 799,200 ounces! The current rate of gold per ounce right now is; $1,100! OR $879,120,000
per year! Almost one billion dollars, per year! In this chapter it mentions that, this did not include all of what the kings of Arabia or the chapmen or merchants.

Solomon made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with gold, with six steps to the throne with a footstool of gold with two lions standing by the stays. King Solomon passed the wealth of all the kings of the earth, all of the kings of the earth sought for the Wisdom of Solomon.

Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots and twelve thousand horsemen. The rest of the acts of Solomon are written in the book of Nathan and in the prophecy of Ahijah and the visions of Iddo. The Lost Books of the Bible! Solomon reigned for 40 years and then died.

Chapter 10: Rehoboam is an Idiot

Rehoboam went to Shechem and all of Israel to make him King. Jeroboam and all of Israel came unto Rehoboam saying: “Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee” (2 Chronicles 10:4) and so Rehoboam told them to return in 3 days and they people left.

Rehoboam goes to his counsel of old men and they tell him that if he listens to the people and speak kind words unto them, then they will serve you forever. But the younger counsel tells him to make their burdens even heavier.

So 3 days passes and the people return to Rehoboam and he tell them; “…My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.” (2 Chronicles 10:14). Obviously the people did not like these words and when Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute, the children of Israel stoned him to death and Rehoboam had to flee in his chariot from the city of Jerusalem. The people rebelled against the house of David from then on.

2 Chronicles 7-8

2 Chronicles 7-8

Chapter 7: The Lord Appears Unto Solomon

Solomon ended his dedicatory prayer when The Lord came down from heaven and consumed his burnt offerings and sacrifices and the priests could not even enter  into the temple, because the glory of The Lord had filled the entire temple. When everyone sees tv glory of God in the temple, the children of Israel bow to the earth, and worshiped and praised God. Solomon then offered 22,000 oxen and 22,000 sheep as sacrifices. Solomon had to use the middle court, because the altar in the temple could not accept all of the fat and meat offerings. But the children of Israel keep the feast for 8 days, and on the eighth day they made a Solomon assembly.

 

The Lord appeared to Solomon by night and tells him that his prayers have been answered and that he will overlook the little things that men do, if they turn away from their evil ways and do good He will be patient and kind to the children of Israel. The Lord also promises to bless Solomon with many things if he follows The Lord, but if he did not follow The Lord he would be cut off.

 

Chapter 8: Solomon Builds Cities

Hurman restores cities to Solomon and Solomon causes that his people dwell in those cities. Solomon goes on to build more cities, like; Beth-horon and Baalath and all the other cities. Solomon offers sacrifices to The Lord according to the law of Moses and priests and Levites are appointed to serve The Lord.

2 Chronicles 5-6

2 Chronicles 5-6

Chapter 5: The Temple is finished

Solomon finishes the temple and brings in everything that his father had dedicated towards the temple, the gold, silver and all the instruments were put in the treasuries of the house of the Lord. Solomon then commanded all the elders of Israel to go up to bring the ark of the Lord unto the city of David which is Zion.

So they go and get the ark of the Lord and they bring it back to the house of the Lord, the newly built temple and rest the ark in the Oracle of the Sanctuary of the Temple. The men with the instruments began to play and glory in God and the glory of God was shown through the Temple.

Chapter 6: Dedicatory Prayer for the Temple

Solomon blesses all the congregation of Israel that is gathered before the temple on the day of the dedication. Solomon gets down on his knees and spreads his hands toward heaven and prays;

                “O Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day. Now therefore, O Lord God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me. Now then, O Lord God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David. But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built! Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee:

That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place. Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive. If a man sin against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to make him swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house; Then hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, by requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head; and by justifying the righteous, by giving him according to his righteousness. And if thy people Israel be put to the worse before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and pray and make supplication before thee in this house; Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers.

                When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them; Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance.

If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillers; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness there be:

Then what prayer or what supplication so ever shall be made of any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house: Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:)

That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers. Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a far country for thy great name’s sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched out arm; if they come and pray in this house; Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for; that all people of the earth may know thy name, and fear thee, as doth thy people Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is called by thy name.

                If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name; Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.

If they sin against thee, (for there is no man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near; Yet if they bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried captive, and turn and pray unto thee in the land of their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly;

If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name:

Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee.

                Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. Now therefore arise, O Lord God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness. O Lord God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant.” (2 Chronicles 14-42)

We learn a lot from Solomon’s prayer. Mainly asking God to be patient and understand of the weakness of man. Solomon prays that God will forgive men of their weakness, if only they turn away from it and come back to the Lord.

2 Chronicles 3-4

2 Chronicles 3-4

Chapter 3: Solomon Builds a Temple

Solomon begins the construction of the temple on the threshingfloor or Ornan. He begin construction on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign.

In this chapter we learn again about the dimensions of the temple which could be found in previous books and chapters of the Old Testament. It mentions that Solomon used many precious stones and gold of Parvaim. He made images of cherubims and overlaid them with gold. Solomon also made a veil for the temple made of purple and crimson and all manner of fine linen. In the inner sanctuary he made chains and put a hundred pomegranates on the chains. The pillars of the temple on the left he called Boaz and on the right hand he called Jachin.

Chapter 4: Solomon’s Temple

Solomon makes a molten altar of brass and a molten sea of brass (this is the baptismal font) which had oxen underneath it, 3 looking north, 3 looking west, 3 looking south and three looking east. The sea (baptismal font) rested upon their back and represents the twelve tribes of Israel.

He made 10 lavers (washing stations), 10 candlesticks of Gold and 10 tables and put 5 on the right and 5 on the left. The baptismal font was set on the right side of the east end against the south. Everything in the temple was of gold.

2 Chronicles 1-2

2 Chronicles 1-2

Chapter 1: Solomon Chooses Wisdom

Solomon was strengthened in his kingdom and the Lord magnified him exceedingly. Solomon gathers up all the captains, princes and governors of Israel to go with him to a place at Gibeon, which was a tabernacle of the congregation that Moses had built in the wilderness. The ark of God was brought up to Kirjath-jearim and the brazen altar was brought before the tabernacle, and there Solomon offered a thousand sand burn offerings upon it.

God comes to Solomon and asks him to ask Him for anything. Solomon asks God for wisdom and knowledge so he can better judge and lead the Lord’s people. God was very pleased with Solomon asking for knowledge and wisdom over riches and fame, and tells Solomon that his wish is granted and because he had asked for only knowledge and wisdom, he would also give him riches. So Solomon is given much wisdom, knowledge and riches!

Chapter 2: Solomon Builds a Temple

Solomon begins to organize his labor force to build the temple. He gets men to get stone in the mountain, and men to oversee their work. He also contacts Huram in Tyre to get cedars to build the temple. Huram also supplies him with men to work in gold, silver, brass and iron. In trade, Solomon agrees to provide Hurman with his servants, if he lends some of his servants back.