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Proper 16
Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21

from the book
Preaching And Reading The Old Testament Lessons
With an Eye to the New

Elizabeth Achtemeier


1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43

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When we dealt with the story of David, we learned that he was not permitted to build a temple to house the ark of the covenant. David was too much a man of blood, of adultery and murder. But God promised at that time that David's son, Solomon, the man of peace (shalom = peace), would build the house for God's "name" (2 Samuel 7:13). At the beginning of his reign in 922 B.C., Solomon sets about to bring to pass the fulfillment of that promise.

The beginning of the project is set firmly in Israel's history of salvation. The cornerstone is laid in the 480th year after the exodus from Egypt, we are told (1 Kings 6:1), and the building takes seven years to be completed. Ironically, it is largely built with Phoenician materials, given by King Hiram of Tyre, its construction is done by Israelite slave labor, and it is ornamented with Phoenician symbols. Nevertheless, it becomes a ...

This Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 preaching resource, Proper 16, is based on 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43 and relates to Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 of Cycle B of the lectionary. This preaching resource is excerpted from the book Preaching And Reading The Old Testament Lessons . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, Preaching resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary Preaching, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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