Monday, November 7, 2016

The Temple Vessels

From the Errancy discussion list, 6-13-97:

The Bible teaches that when Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem, he cut into pieces all of the vessels of gold in the temple.

2 Kings 24:13 He carried off all the treasures of the house of Yahweh, and the treasures of the king's house; he cut in pieces all the vessels of gold in the temple of Yahweh, which King Solomon of Israel had made, all this as
Yahweh had foretold.

But did Nebuchadnezzar really cut into pieces all the vessels of gold in the temple? At a feast that Belshazzar prepared for a thousand of his lords, he "commanded to bring the GOLDEN and silver vessels that Nebuchadnezzar his father [who wasn't really his father] had taken out of the temple that was in Jerusalem" (Daniel 5:1-2). Verse 3 says that "they brought the GOLDEN vessels that were taken out of the temple that was in Jerusalem," and the
king, his lords, and his wives and concubines drank from them. Ezra indicated that when Cyrus issued his decree to allow the captives to return to Judah, he gave them the vessels to take back to Jerusalem with them.

Ezra 1:7 King Cyrus himself brought out the vessels of the house of the LORD that Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and placed in the house of his gods.
8 King Cyrus of Persia had them released into the charge of Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah.
9 And this was the inventory: GOLD basins, thirty; silver basins, one thousand; knives, twenty-nine;
10 GOLD bowls, thirty; other silver bowls, four hundred ten; other vessels, one thousand;
11 the total of the GOLD and silver vessels was five thousand four hundred. All these Sheshbazzar brought up, when the exiles were brought up from Babylonia to Jerusalem.

So one passage says that Nebuchadnezzar cut to pieces the vessels of gold in the temple, and two other passages say that he didn't.

Farrell Till

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