Scripture Reading – 1 Kings 7; 2 Chronicles 4
Because his reign was one of peace, Solomon was able to dedicate himself to many construction projects.
While the Temple required seven years to build (6:38), Solomon’s palace was under construction for thirteen years, the details of which are given in 1 Kings 7:1-12. Some scholars refer to the “the house of the forest of Lebanon” as a summer house or lodge for the king; however, I have come to believe it was a great house that was part of the palace complex (7:2-8). I believe it was so named because of the great amount of cedar pillars that supported its roof.
Solomon also built a house for his queen, who was “Pharaoh’s daughter” (7:8). I believe the queen’s house was attached to the palace complex.
The attention then turns from Solomon’s palace and grounds, to preparations for the Temple. A craftsman named Hiram, not the same Hiram who was king of Tyre, was enlisted to make intricate, elaborate pieces of brass, silver and gold for the Temple (7:13-51). Skilled as a metal artisan, he “was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass” (1 Kings 7:14).
The attention to detail and beauty is worth noting, even down to the utensils used in the Temple offerings. Tables overlaid with gold, golden lampstands, basins of gold, and golden lavers engraved with lilies added to the beauty and elegance of the house of worship (2 Chronicles 4:5). Doors of brass, and pillars engraved with wreaths and pomegranates (4:9, 12-13), all contributed to the intricate details adorning the Temple.
Why such attention to detail? Because Solomon was building a house for the LORD, and it was an outward testimony of the greatness of His God (2 Chronicles 2:5-6).
I close with a similar challenge for today’s believer. Why should we expect the worship of the LORD in our churches to be the best that we can offer and give? Why should we strive to give him music of our praise that aspires to the highest offerings? Why should we give attention to the beauty, appeal, and cleanliness of our places of worship?
Paul challenged the believers in Corinth: “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
The LORD deserves no less than our absolute best.
* Note from the author: For those who have followed me chronologically through the year, you might have noticed today’s Scripture reading was scheduled for Friday, November 26, 2021. Please accept my apology for the mix-up.
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