1 Kings 6
-Chapter six give details about the time of construction of the Temple in Solomon’s reign and the ornate details of the design from an artistic as well as architectural standpoint. Construction began in the forth year of Solomon’s reign, 480 years after the sons of Israel had come out of Egypt. In the month of Ziv, which is the second month in the Jewish calendar, the work began on the house of the LORD (1 Kings 6:1). One interesting fact reported is that all the stones and wood were worked on before they got to the Temple site. “There was neither hammer nor axe nor any iron tool heard in the house while it was being built (1 Kings 6:7).” In other words, this was a holy and reverent place requiring care, concern, honor, and respect for the God of this sanctuary. “So Solomon built the house and finished it (1 Kings 6:14).” The project took seven years, but it all came together. The children of Israel now had a permanent place to worship their LORD and His Presence would fill this place (2 Chronicles 5:13-14). The beauty of this Temple was unsurpassed with elegance and workmanship. It was a token of God’s people’s appreciation for everything the LORD meant to them and a fulfillment of what He had decreed. For more see on the first Jerusalem Temple to the LORD, see:
-*Application* The Temple of the LORD is now in us (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19). Christ Jesus entered the veil of the Holy of Holies by His sacrifice on the cross so that we could permanently enter His rest by placing our faith and trust in Him alone (Hebrews 6:19-20; 9:11-15). This is the New Covenant that God has provided for the salvation of the whole world. Take this pointing from the Old Testament and realize its significance in accepting the Messiah as your personal Lord and Savior. Also, understand that God is righteous and holy and deserves our exaltation and praise with joy and reverence. Praise Him for all the great, awesome, and beautiful things He has done!
Verse to Memorize: 1 Kings 6:14