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  • Solomon's Temple
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  • The tabernacle having lasted from the Exodus till the commencement of the monarchy, it appeared to David to be no longer fitting that the ark of God should dwell within curtains - the tabernacle was at that time a tent David had made for it on Mount Zion, (2 Samuel 6:17) - while he himself dwelt in a cedar-lined house. The unsettled and unorganized state of the nation, which had necessitated a portable structure, had now given place to an established kingdom. The dwelling of the Lord should therefore be a permanent building, situated at the center of the nation's life, and “exceeding magnificent” (1 Chronicles 22:5), as befitted the glory of the Lord and the prospects of the state.
  • The Temple of Solomon was said to stand on the exact same mount where Abraham, the forefather of the Jewish people was about to sacrifice his son Isaac to G-d. Only Jews from the tribe of Levite were allowed to be priests at the Temple and perform normal Temple duties. The Ark of the Covenant, which was made by the Israelites and Moses in the desert years earlier, was placed in the Temple's Holy of Holies. When Jews did return many years later, they rebuilt the Temple and it became known as the Second Temple. Many years later, King Herod refurbished it on a much grander scale.
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  • The Temple of Solomon was said to stand on the exact same mount where Abraham, the forefather of the Jewish people was about to sacrifice his son Isaac to G-d. Only Jews from the tribe of Levite were allowed to be priests at the Temple and perform normal Temple duties. The Ark of the Covenant, which was made by the Israelites and Moses in the desert years earlier, was placed in the Temple's Holy of Holies. In 586 BCE, at a time when, according to the Tanakh, the Jewish people started to turn away from G-d, worshiped idols and performed witchcraft, the Babylonians invaded, destroyed the Temple of Solomon and exiled the Jews to Babylon. When Jews did return many years later, they rebuilt the Temple and it became known as the Second Temple. Many years later, King Herod refurbished it on a much grander scale.
  • The tabernacle having lasted from the Exodus till the commencement of the monarchy, it appeared to David to be no longer fitting that the ark of God should dwell within curtains - the tabernacle was at that time a tent David had made for it on Mount Zion, (2 Samuel 6:17) - while he himself dwelt in a cedar-lined house. The unsettled and unorganized state of the nation, which had necessitated a portable structure, had now given place to an established kingdom. The dwelling of the Lord should therefore be a permanent building, situated at the center of the nation's life, and “exceeding magnificent” (1 Chronicles 22:5), as befitted the glory of the Lord and the prospects of the state.