Cedars of God
Therefore the CEDARS became greater in height than all the trees of the field. Its branches multiplied, and its boughs grew long as it spread them out because of the plentiful water. ~ Ezekiel 31:5
Hiram’s Building Materials
1 Kings 5
Solomon sent this message to Hiram: “You know my father David was not able to build a temple for the name of Yahweh his God. This was because of the warfare all around him until the Lord put his enemies under his feet. The Lord my God has now given me rest all around; there is no enemy or crisis. So I plan to build a temple for the name of Yahweh my God, according to what the Lord promised my father David: ‘I will put your son on your throne in your place, and he will build the temple for My name.’
“Therefore, command that CEDARS from Lebanon be cut down for me …”
Then Hiram sent a reply to Solomon, saying, “I have heard your message; I will do everything you want regarding the CEDAR …”
Building the Temple
1 Kings 6
Solomon began to build the temple for the Lord in the four hundred eightieth year after the Israelites came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of his reign over Israel, in the second month, in the month of Ziv. The temple that King Solomon built for the Lord was 90 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 45 feet high…
….. When he finished building the temple, he paneled it with boards and planks of CEDAR. He built the chambers along the entire temple, joined to the temple with CEDAR beams; each story was 7½ feet high.
The word of the Lord came to Solomon: “As for this temple you are building—if you walk in My statutes, observe My ordinances, and keep all My commands by walking in them, I will fulfill My promise to you, which I made to your father David. I will live among the Israelites and not abandon My people Israel.”
In this temple, built with the CEDARS of God from Lebanon, God spoke to Solomon.
1 Kings 7:12-13, “Then Solomon said: The Lord said that He would dwell in thick darkness, but I have indeed built an exalted temple for You, a place for Your dwelling forever”
A place built with Cedar wood.
A place of safety.
A place of security.
With a STRONG foundation.
Are you standing on a strong foundation? Do you feel GROUNDED and SUPPORTED in your FAITH? In your LIFE? Do you feel that God DWELLS among you? Your family?
Find a place to sit with a solid floor below you.
Place a few drops of CEDARWOOD oil on the bottom of your feet.
Massage the oil in.
Visualize the Cedars of God. Strong and vast.
Place your feet firmly on the floor and stand up.
Feel your feet rooted to the Earth.
Rooted to the same forest floors that were used to build the first Temple for Yahweh.
Feel the separation between your feet and the floor melt away.
You are one.
You are as strong as the foundation you stand before you
You are the Cedars of God
THE BIBLE LISTS CEDARWOOD AS:
A ceremonial tool for cleansing (Leviticus 14, Numbers 19)
A perfume (Psalm 45:8)
A symbol of abundance and provision (Numbers 24:6, Psalm 92:12, Ezekiel 31:3)
A symbol of security and stability (Song of Solomon 1:17; 8:9; Zechariah 11:2)
The choice wood for building, trading and currency (referenced by several verses in 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Ezra 3, Jeremiah 22, Ezekiel 17)
Mentioned by Solomon in his proverbs and sacred writings (I Kings 4:34)
MORE ON CEDARWOOD IN THE BIBLE
Leviticus 14:4 the priest will order that two live clean birds, cedar wood, scarlet yarn, and hyssop be brought for the one who is to be cleansed.
Numbers 24:6 They stretch out like river valleys, like gardens beside a stream, like aloes the Lord has planted, like cedars beside the water.
1 Chronicles 14:1 [ God’s Blessing on David ] King Hiram of Tyre sent envoys to David, along with cedar logs, stonemasons, and carpenters to build a palace for him.
1 Chronicles 17:1 [ The Lord’s Covenant with David ] When David had settled into his palace, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Look! I am living in a cedar house while the ark of the Lord’s covenant is under tent curtains.”
1 Chronicles 22:4 and innumerable cedar logs because the Sidonians and Tyrians had brought a large quantity of cedar logs to David.
2 Chronicles 1:15 The king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedar as abundant as sycamore in the Judean foothills.
Psalm 29:5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon.
Psalm 80:10 The mountains were covered by its shade, and the mighty cedars with its branches.
Psalm 92:12 The righteous thrive like a palm tree and grow like a cedar tree in Lebanon.
Psalm 104:16 The trees of the Lord flourish, the cedars of Lebanon that He planted.
Psalm 148:9 mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,
Song of Solomon 1:17 the beams of our house are cedars, and our rafters are cypresses.
Isaiah 14:8 Even the cypresses and the cedars of Lebanon rejoice over you: “Since you have been laid low, no woodcutter has come against us.”
Isaiah 41:19 I will plant cedars in the desert, acacias, myrtles, and olive trees. I will put juniper trees in the desert, elms and cypress trees together,
Ezekiel 17:3 You are to say: This is what the Lord God says: A great eagle with great wings, long pinions, and full plumage of many colors came to Lebanon and took the top of the cedar.
Ezekiel 17:22 This is what the Lord God says: I will take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar and plant it. I will pluck a tender sprig from its topmost shoots, and I will plant it on a high towering mountain.
Ezekiel 17:23 I will plant it on Israel’s high mountain so that it may bear branches, produce fruit, and become a majestic cedar. Birds of every kind will nest under it, taking shelter in the shade of its branches.
Ezekiel 31:3 Think of Assyria, a cedar in Lebanon, with beautiful branches and shady foliage and of lofty height. Its top was among the clouds.
Ezekiel 31:5 Therefore the cedar became greater in height than all the trees of the field. Its branches multiplied, and its boughs grew long as it spread them out because of the plentiful water.
Hosea 14:5 I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like the lily and take root like the cedars of Lebanon.
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