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27. Solomon Builds God’s Temple and His Palace

January 26, 2010

Text:      I Kings 5:1-7:12

Harmony Text:      II Chronicles 2:1-3:14

Outline:      I. The Materials are Gathered      I Kings 5:1-18

                          II. The Building of the Temple Begins      I Kings 6:1-37

                         III. The Building of the Palace Continues      I Kings 7:1-12

Context/Discussion/Comments:

     Hiram, king of Tyre, hears that Solomon had replaced David as King of Israel and sends envoys to Jerusalem to congratulate him. Solomon sends a message back with the envoys stating that Israel is at peace and that he would like to contract with them for cedar in order to build the Lord’s Temple. Hiram is pleased and praises God for Solomon’s wisdom and vision. He sends a message back to Solomon stating he will provide the cedar he needs in exchange for food. This agreement was acceptable and Israel provided Tyre with wheat and olive oil in exchange for all the cedar Solomon needed.

     Solomon conscripted 30,000 men to work1 month in Lebanon and 2 months at home, 10,000 a shift, to bring cedar from the sea to Jerusalem. Solomon also had 70,000 carriers and 80,000 stone cutters bringing dressed stone to the building site.

     Building the Temple begins in Solomon’s fourth year [about 966 BC]. The Temple is 60 cubits long, 30 cubits high, and 20 cubits wide with three floors of rooms on three sides. All the stone came to the site pre-sized to fit together.

     God is pleased and tells Solomon that He will live among them and not abandon them if he continues to keep His commands and obey them. This statement gives us a good idea of how a national leader can positively affect the people he is appointed to lead for the Lord.

     Solomon completes the stonework and lines the interior wall and the floor with cedar and partitions off the Holy of Holies at 20 cubits from the rear wall for the Ark. This inner room and all its’ furnishings were overlaid with gold, including the floor of the outer sanctuary. Prior to overlaying the gold, the walls of cedar were carved with cherubim, palm trees, and flowers. The wooden doors to the inner and outer sanctuaries were also carved and overlaid with gold. An inner courtyard outside the sanctuary was defined with dressed stone and cedar beams. Seven years was required to build the Temple.

     Solomon’s palace was built in a similar manner and was 100 cubits long, fifty cubits wide, and 30 cubits high [about twice the size of the Temple]. It took 13 years to build, most likely after the Temple was completed [see I Kings 9:10]. It contained Solomon’s living quarters plus his throne room. A similar structure was made for his wife, Pharaoh’s daughter.

Lesson’s/Applications:

   1. Peace and treaties [contracts] are required if we are to commence with any significant building project which requires our concentration and attention to detail. This is particularly true in building our houses of worship. There must be peace within and peace with our neighbors. Also sacrificial giving will be required but the end result is the proclamation that Christ is Lord, the He is our Lord.

   2. God no longer dwells in man-made temples but in we who have placed our faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. We are his temple [I Cor. 6:19] and we are dressed in His robe of righteousness [Eph. 4:24] overlaid with gold. Our garments are not stitched to portray cherubim, palm trees, or flowers but stitched to show forth the fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

   3. We who do the Will of God have the pleasure of God’s company.

   4. The design of our lives in worship of God [temple] and in service to man [palace] must appear the same. How we worship and who we worship must govern how we live.

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