1 Kings 5
-This chapter deals with some of the logistics of building the Temple of the LORD as He had told King David in previous times. Solomon was now established as the rightful king with peace and rest on every side from the wars and troubles during the time of King David. The enemies had been subdued and now it was time to build a House for the God of Israel, the One True and Living God (1 Kings 5:3-5).
-Hiram, the king of Tyre, is very helpful in the construction project of the Temple as we see here in the text. He had always been a friend of David and rejoiced greatly upon hearing the news that the LORD had given a wise son as king over the great people of Israel (1 Kings 5:1, 7). He was more than willing to help negotiate a covenant to provide raw materials in exchange for food for his household with Solomon (1 Kings 5:6, 8-12).
-Solomon organized a forced labor force of nearly 200,000 at least, who rotated up to the north to work the timber, transport, and do the masonry with the stone (1 Kings 5:13-15). There were 3,300 chief deputies over the project and ruling the people doing the work. The rocks near Jerusalem were quarried as “great stones” and “costly stones” to lay the foundation of the Temple area as “cut stones (1 Kings 5:16-17).” For more on the enormous size and construction of the Jerusalem Temple see:
It is incredible what this ancient culture was able to manufacture! “So Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders and the Gebalites (also called Byblos, these people were located north of what is now Beirut, in the cedar forest, these men were Phoenicians, probably skilled as ship builders and employed for this project) cut them, and prepared the timbers and the stones to build the house (1 Kings 5:18).”
-*Application* Jesus said, “if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you (Matthew 17:20).” This has spiritual significance obviously to us, but there are sometimes some literal and physical applications. We see here in the text that Solomon had a call, a vision, and a dream that was implemented into action at a certain point in time. Mountains of stone, literally over a million pounds each, and incredible amounts of timber were “moved” for the purpose of having a place where God could reside among His people. While the conditions had to align and all the necessary raw materials secured, God had given His Word and it was to be fulfilled through the son of David. What Word has the LORD given you for your life? Are you being obedient to allow Him to do the impossible to make His call a literal reality? “Ask, and it will be given, seek, and you will find, knock, and the door will be opened unto you (Matthew 7:7).”
Verse to Memorize: 1 Kings 5:5