(18 verses, 3:15 to read)
What I am about to READ
Solomon, with Hiram’s help, makes preparations for building the temple.
MARK and LEARN
1-4: Solomon prepares and asks Hiram for help.
5-6: Solomon did not want to give the impression that the true God would “live” in the temple (as Solomon would live in his palace, for example) (Or, as pagan idols live in their heathen shrines). Rather, the temple would be to offer sacrifices and incense to the Lord, whom heaven and earth could not contain.
7-10: Solomon asked Hiram to supply him with a skilled craftsman. He also wanted a supply of cedar from the famed forests of Lebanon.
11-16: Hiram – the king of Tyre. It would not be going too far to say that Hiram was a believer. He knew and respected David, and he possibly came to know the Lord through him. Hiram spoke about “the Lord God of Israel, who made heaven and earth,” which doesn’t leave too much room for other gods.
11-12: Hiram praised Solomon’s wisdom in the context of his building the temple. That is, Hiram was pleased that Solomon had built a temple for the true God.
13-16: The man Hiram picked (a present-day Bezalel) had Jewish blood through his mother, who was from the tribe of Dan. This would make it easier for him to work side by side with the people of Israel.
17: “The resident aliens who were in the land of Israel” – For laborers, Solomon used the non-Israelites living within their border. In the days after the return from Babylon, non-Jewish people wanted to help the Jews rebuild their temple. However, they wanted to be on equal footing with the Jews. This shows how Solomon dealt with non-Jews in his day—a good example of obeying the Lord and not blurring the distinction between Jew and Gentile.
5-6: The house that I am to build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods. But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him?
“Israel is the people of God, and the Lord has arranged to dwell with His people in mercy and peace through the mediation of the temple. The temple is where the Lord has the blood of the sacrifices shed for the people’s sins. The temple is where the Lord preaches the coming of His Son who would die in the people’s place. From the temple the preaching of God’s Word of Law and Gospel goes forth, and the people come to receive His mercy. But the temple is no more. The temple built by Solomon was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC. The rebuilt temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. Jesus said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). He was speaking of the temple of His body (see John 2:21). Now, in the New Testament, we do not look to the temple to find God’s gracious presence, but to the Word of the Gospel, and to the body and blood of Jesus in the Lord’s Supper. There we find God and His mercy, and there God finds us.” – (Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller said that.)
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.