King David gives Solomon the plans for the temple (1 Chr 28:11-28:19)

“Then David gave his son Solomon the plan of the vestibule of the temple, and of its houses, its treasuries, its upper rooms, and its inner chambers, and the room for the mercy seat. The plan of all that he had in mind for the courts of the house of Yahweh, all the surrounding chambers, the treasuries of the house of God, and the treasuries for dedicated gifts was there.   It was laid out for the divisions of the priests and of the Levites, and all the work for the service in the house of Yahweh. All the vessels for the service in the house of Yahweh were clear. The weight of the gold for all golden vessels for each service was determined. The weight of the silver vessels for each service was determined. The weight of the golden lamp stands and their lamps, as well as the weight of gold for each lamp stand and its lamps was clear. The weight of silver for a lamp stand and its lamps, according to the use of each lamp stand in the service was determined. The weight of the gold for each table for the rows of bread, the silver for the silver tables, and the pure gold for the forks, the basins, and the cups was clear. Both the golden bowls and the weight of each and the silver bowls and the weight of each were determined. The altar of incense was to be made of refined gold, and its weight clearly determined. His plan for the golden chariot of the cherubim that spread their wings and covered the ark of the covenant of Yahweh was delineated. All this, in writing at Yahweh’s direction, he made clear to me, the plan of all the works.”

Now we have the explicit plans for the temple. Actually the temple will be built according to the plans laid out in the Pentateuch, the Law of Moses in Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. However, King David had specific plans that he wanted his son to have. Nothing will be left to chance. Clearly, this biblical author wanted to show the superiority of King David over King Solomon. Once again, the room for the mercy seat plays an important role as in Exodus, chapter 35 and Leviticus, chapter 16, as it is mentioned with the general plans for the vestibule, the temple, its treasuries, its upper rooms, and its inner chambers. The Levites and the priests as well as their services were clear. The weight of all the gold and silver vessels and lamp stands was in the plans. Everything was there. This biblical author made it seem that King David got these plans directly from Yahweh, at Yahweh’s direction, the same as Moses. These were not just ideal thoughts of a king but they were the directives of Yahweh about the implementation of the Mosaic Law about worship.

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