THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TEMPLE IN ISRAEL
The Temple of Jerusalem played important roles in religious, social and economic lives of the Israelites as follows.
Lessons Christians learn from King Solomon’s reign
Summary of the ways Israelites worshipped God in the wilderness
Elements of the Jewish worship found in the Christian worship today
There are a number of elements of Israelite worship which have been carried over from the time of the Exodus to Judaism the early church and to the present time.
These elements include:
NB: The worship of God by the Israelites was more similar to that one of the Traditional African worship.
Factors which lead people away from the worship of God today
1 Kings 21 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Prophet Elijah fought moral corruption by condemning King Ahab’s behaviour involving Naboth’s vineyard.
(ii) Cursing the king/ treason.
In so doing Ahab and Jezebel had broken the following commandments: 1 Kings 21:1-16
Forms of punishment prophesied by Prophet Elijah to king Ahab and Jezebel - 1 Kings 21:19-24.
Lessons learnt about the nature of God from the contest at Mt. Carmel
Lessons learned by Christians about the nature of God from the Exodus
The death of Solomon and the Division of the Kingdom
Conditions that made it difficult for prophet Elijah to stop idolatry in Israel
Forms of corruption in the society
The following are the forms of corruption found in the society today:
Any form of corruption is wrong as it is an unfair dealing and causes suffering to individuals who fall victim.
King Solomon’s failures and weaknesses
Although Solomon was a successful King, he had many failures. These include;
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THE SERMON ON THE PLAIN
In the previous section, we learnt that Jesus chose His apostles. He came down the hill and stood on a level place. He gave a sermon to those present. This address is referred to as the sermon on the plain in Luke’s Gospel.
The people had come to hear Jesus’ word to receive healing and for Jesus to exercise unclean spirits from them. In the sermon, Jesus talked of the characteristics of the new community. All those who would listen to His word would be the “New Israel”.
Ways in which Christians demonstrate the fruit of generosity
Fruits of the Holy Spirit according to Galatians 5: 22 – 26
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