Let’s be honest, unless you’re an engineer or architect, chapter 6 of 1 Kings isn’t the most exciting read. The details of dimensions, building materials, and ornamental carvings are not typically the Biblical passages that we memorize or highlight.
However, despite the dryness or the text, the building of the temple is one of the most significant moments in the redemptive history of God’s chosen people. God will live among the sons of Israel (v. 13)! This echoes back to the first chapters of Genesis when God lived in communion with mankind in Eden (much of the imagery within the temple is symbolic of Eden). It also looks forward to Jesus, God with us, who referred to himself as the temple (John 2:21). Further, the New Jerusalem we read about in Revelation shares the same shape (cube) and material (gold) as the Holy of Holies in the temple. If you just skimmed over this chapter it is definitely worth reading through again with an appreciation for the imagery, symbolism, and gravitas of God’s house.
There is so much that can be said for this chapter and the temple of God, but I want to wrap up with a practical take away. In verse 1 we see that Solomon did not begin to build until the 4th year of his rule. Solomon spent time preparing. He made sure the kingdom was in order and then he spent time, as we saw in chapter 5, sourcing and producing the materials for the temple. Once it was time to build, there was no noise of hammer or ax (v. 7) because the material had already been cut and formed. Solomon took time to prepare so that he could serve the Lord effectively and honorably in the construction of the temple. How are you preparing yourself today for the work of God?
By: Greg Holden — Leadership Team Member