The Gospel reading this morning reminded me that I had created a diagram about the history of the Jewish Temple which might as well be shared when the opportunity arises. It goes from the Exodus to today’s conflicts over Jerusalem.
I’m sure the Bible verses are difficult to read on the slide so here they are larger. These are just teasers. Look them up and read them in context if interested.
1. King David Feels Guilty, Plans Temple, Plan Rejected
2 Samuel 7:1-17 When King David was settled in his palace, and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side, 2 he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God dwells in a tent… Look it up in Bible for Rest of the Story.
2. King Solomon Builds the First Temple about 1000 BC
1 Kings 6:1-38 Excerpts: In the four hundred and eightieth year from the departure of the Israelites from the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, the construction of the temple of the LORD was begun. 2 The temple which King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits long, twenty wide, and twenty-five high…. Look it up in Bible for the rest of the story.
3. Solomon’s Temple Destroyed by Babylonians 586 BC, People Exiled
2 Kings 25:8-12 On the seventh day of the fifth month (this was in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon), Nebuzaradan, captain of the bodyguard, came to Jerusalem as the representative of the king of Babylon. 9 He burned the house of the LORD, the palace of the king, and all the houses of Jerusalem; every large building was destroyed by fire. Look it up in Bible for the rest of the story.
4. Exile Ends and Second Temple Construction Begins
Ezra 1:1-7 In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD inspired King Cyrus of Persia to issue this proclamation throughout his kingdom, both by word of mouth and in writing: 2 “Thus says Cyrus, king of Persia: ‘All the kingdoms of the earth the LORD, the God of heaven, has given to me, and he has also charged me to build him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Look it up in Bible for the rest of the story.
6. Jesus Cleanses the Temple – John 2:13-22 (Today’s Mass Reading)
7. Temple Destroyed by Romans in 70 AD