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Gilbert House Fellowship #215: Ezra 1-6; Psalm 137

THE PROPHESIED return of the exiles from Babylon is the focus of our study today.

Map of exiles return routes
Routes of the exiles who returned to Jerusalem from Babylonia (click to enlarge)

Under the leadership of Zerbbabel, who led the first group back to Jerusalem in 538 B.C., and with the encouragement of the prophets Haggai and Zechariah, the temple was rebuilt in 515 B.C. We discuss the return of the people and the overwhelming emotions of the elders who wept when they saw the foundation of the new temple — something they probably didn’t think they would live to see.

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Gilbert House Fellowship #191: Ezekiel 9-11

Artwork by Roderick Thornton

BACK TO the throne room of God this week as we discuss another visit by Ezekiel into the presence of Yahweh. We discuss the cherubim and ophanim, the supernatural guardians of the throne, and why the cherubim depicted on most models of the Ark of the Covenant are wrong.

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Gilbert House Fellowship #124: 1 Kings 5-7; 2 Chr 2-4

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WE RETURN to history in our Old Testament study this week. Our readings describe the process and design of the Temple built by Solomon.

The raw materials and expertise were supplied by Hiram, king of Tyre — who, incidentally, introduced the worship of Melqart to Tyre. Melqart was the Ba`al worshiped by Jezebel, wife of Ahab, whose priests were defeated by Elijah in the showdown on Mount Carmel. Melqart was the Phoenician name for the Greek demigod Heracles — Hercules. (But we digress.)

We read through the dimensions and design for the Temple, explain why the cherubim in the Temple were not angels the way most of us think, and comment on the Temple as a representation of God’s holy mountain, Eden.

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