God didn’t care only about the appearance of the exterior of the Temple, but also the interior. The text of 1 Kings 6:14-38 tells the reader about the carvings, woodwork, gold and furnishings that could be seen inside its walls, all of which were designed to reflect something of God’s love of beauty, His evident glory and His all surpassing holiness. And yet, while the Temple is with us no longer, God’s interest in beauty, glory and holiness remains – all combined so wonderfully together in the cross of our Saviour, Jesus.
• Getting to know you by seeing your house! • The same is true for God… • Progress in the building of the Temple… • Note from the text how the interior reflects…
God’s perspective on beauty (v.14-18)
God’s expression of glory (v.19-22)
God’s character as holy (v.23-38)
The God of beauty, glory and holiness… His beauty, glory and holiness in another place!
There’s no doubt that the Temple built by King Solomon stands as one of the most important buildings ever constructed. The Temple would stand for all to see that the God of Israel was glorious, and that He lived among His people. In the text of 1 Kings 6:1-13, we are introduced to the size and the layout of the Temple under God’s instructions. But God wasn’t interested in the mere ‘shell’ of the building alone. This text also tells of the heart matters that Solomon needed to get right so he could walk before the Lord.
• The Temple of Solomon! • So much detail • Psalm 127: 1 ‘Unless the Lord builds the house…’ • Note from the text the…
Promises that were fulfilled (v.1)
Details that were recorded (v.2-10)
Responsibilities that were encouraged (v.11-13)
And what are you building? Where Solomon failed….!
One of the most important aspects of Solomon’s reign as King was the construction of the Temple of the Lord. This great and significant work was something that God had forbidden King David from doing, but had made clear that David’s son would complete the task. And what a task it was! With the help of King Hiram of Tyre, the gathering of the raw materials was a project of note in itself. As Solomon poits us to Jesus, we are reminded that Jesus gathers His people in to be His new Temple. People of raw material – being transformed into ‘living stones’ that make up His glorious body – the church.
• The most notable building ever built? • Modern day? Taj Mahal? Sydney Opera house? • Moving on to Solomon and the Temple of the Lord • Note from the text…
The conversations that led to cooperation (v.1-9)
The cooperation that led to contracts (v.10-18)
The contracts that led to construction (v.13-18)
The Church – the new Temple Being ‘living stones’ for the glory of the builder!
With his throne and kingdom now well established, the text of 1 Kings 4:1-34, explains for readers the way in which Solomon’s kingdom was organized and structured. This was most necessary because of the size of the projects being overseen and the vast wealth that the King had amassed. The text also informs us that Solomon’s wisdom just kept of growing and was soon to be known throughout the world. All this blessing and prosperity reminds us of the greatness of the Kingdom that Jesus will bring in – that He will share with His people, blessings not created by taxes and forced labour but by and because of His great grace.
• That conflict between leaders and voters.. • The kingdom under Saul, David and now Solomon • Further details about the king’s wisdom • Note from the text… 1.The people of the King’s portfolios (v.1-19)
2. The vastness of the King’s wealth (v.20-28)
3. The extent of the King’s wisdom (v.29-34)
God’s promises to Abraham being fulfilled God’s better promises to us in Christ still to come!
With the previous part of the chapter telling us how God blessed Solomon with wisdom, the text of 1 Kings 3:16-28 gives us some information as to how that wisdom was expressed in Solomon’s life as king. Called upon to give a ruling in a case where it was ‘she said’ versus ‘she said’, the King quickly saw through the confusion to see a way of making the facts plain. The story reminds us that one day we will all need to appear before the throne of Christ to be judged by Him. There is only one safe place to be – on His side already!
• Like the challenge of a good riddle? • A real life circumstance! • Solomon’s wisdom is from the Lord • Note from the text… 1.The evidence of the case presented to the King (v.16-21)
The judgment of the case as determined by the King (v.22-27)
The fame of this case that glorified the King (v.28)
How not to apply this story Only one safe place to stand before the Judge!
John’s account of the resurrection traces the conclusions that Mary Magdalene reached over the moved stone and the missing body of Jesus. Even though Peter and John also visited the tomb and saw all that Mary had described, it wasn’t until Jesus spoke to her that Mary knew he was alive. The evidence for the resurrection abounds. It is not a lack of evidence that cause people to disbelieve the gospel accounts, but a lack of faith in the testimony of God’s Word, even though God promises salvation to those who do believe! (Romans 10:9-10)
There is often something contradictory in all of us – and this certainly was the case with King Solomon. The text of 1 Kings 3:1-15 records both good and bad aspects of Solomon in his early days as king. The bad was seen in the seeds that he sowed that would later produce some ungodly fruit. The good was seen in that ‘he loved the Lord’ and that God bestowed upon him super-abundant grace, even an open cheque to ‘ask for whatever he wanted’. It’s good to remember that Jesus also had the ear of His Father. He could have asked to be rescued from the hands of evil men. But He chose to stay the course. There was no mixture of good and bad in Him.
Choices, choices, life has so many choices and decisions! We all have to make them and we all have to suffer (or be blessed by) the consequences of our decisions. As Solomon’s reign as King began to be established in 1 Kings 2:12-46, Solomon had to deal with men who had made choices about the way they would respond to him as King, and these men all had to face the consequences of their decisions. In many ways, the same applies to Jesus. When His Kingdom comes, all our choices (good or bad) will surely come into light.
The text of 1 Kings 2:1-11 is significant for so many reasons – especially because it recounts for us the death of King David. While David had been such an important figure in the life of God’s people, his death does not receive much attention, except his final words to his son and incoming King, Solomon. And then, he dies… but what of the legacy David left? Isn’t it Jesus Himself? The One who was greater than David? Truly David was great, but Jesus far greater!
The text of 1 Kings 1:11-53 tells us of the outcome of Adonjah’s bold and pride-filled push for the throne. When Nathan the prophet and Bathsheba broke the news to the dying old, King David, he acted swiftly, authorising the coronation of the rightful King, Solomon. There will always be those who push forward counterfeit kings and saviours. It has been the devil’s plan from the very beginning to do this, but there is only one true King that God wants us to serve as He says in Psalm 2:6 … and that King is His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.