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Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem
Bible Passage 1 Kings 6: 1-14
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books 1 Kings, Chronicles.

Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached October 6, 2022

1 And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel had come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, he began to build the house of the LORD.

2 And the house which King Solomon built for the LORD, its length was sixty cubits and its breadth twenty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.

3 And the porch before the temple of the house was twenty cubits in length, according to the breadth of the house. Ten cubits was its breadth on the front of the house.

4 And for the house he made windows of narrow frames.

5 And against the wall of the house he built floors all around, against the walls of the house all around, of the temple and of the sanctuary. And he made rooms all around.

6 The lowest story was five cubits broad, and the middle was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad, for around the outside of the house he made narrowed ledges for the house all around, that the beams should not be fastened in the walls of the house.

7 And when it was being built, the house was built of stone made ready beforehand. And there was not heard in the house a hammer or an axe, or any iron tool, while it was being built.

8 The door for the middle story was in the right side of the house. And they went up with winding stairs into the middle story and out of the middle story into the third.

9 And he built the house and finished it. And he covered the house with beams and rows of cedar.

10 And he built the side stories on all the house, five cubits high. And they rested on the house with timbers of cedar.

11 And the word of the LORD came to Solomon saying,

12 “As to this house which you are building, if you will walk in My statutes and do My judgments and keep all My commandments to walk in them, then I will perform My work with you which I spoke to David your father.

13 And I will live among the children of Israel and will not forsake My people Israel.”

14 And Solomon built the house and finished it.

The simplest way to describe Solomon’s temple is as a rectangular stone building with a porch added to the front, and three storeys of storerooms added to the sides and rear. The side and rear walls of the main building were reduced in thickness by one cubit (about forty-four centimetres, or eighteen inches) for the middle storey, and by a further cubit for the top storey. This created ‘steps’ on which the timber beams rested to form the floors for the middle and upper storeys (6:1-6).

All stones used in the building were cut and dressed at the quarry, so that they would be as easy to handle as possible. No stoneworking tools were used at the temple site (7-10).

God gave Solomon the timely reminder that the temple would be a means of blessing to Him and His people only if he was obedient to God (11-13).

Solomon only acted as the temple’s architect. But the plans were not his own. He used the plans that David had already made. And David did not design the plans by means of his own imagination. God’s Spirit put these plans into his mind (1 Chr 28:11-12; 1 Chronicles 28:19). Hebrews 9:24 explains the reason for this arrangement. The temple that Solomon built was a copy of the real temple in heaven. So the design had to be God’s design. God was using Solomon to carry out his work on earth. And, by means of Solomon’s temple, God would show his power and his honour.

The temple was splendid. But few people would see the beauty of its rooms. Only priests entered the main hall. However, the most special place was the inner room. It was called the most holy place. And only one man, the chief priest, would enter it. Even he could only enter it once each year (Hebrews 9:7).

🔷 We must contribute our best to put up good looking chapels with good gadgets for worship

🔷 We must strive to put up chapels in our hearts where we will keep God and honour him

🔷 The size or beauty of a chapel does not necessarily commensurate righteousness

🔷 God gives us specific roles to perform and bow out for others to continue. Some may plant and others do watering etc

💥Pray for the resources to support the work of God
💥Pray for all those who dedicate themselves to the service of God

While we strive to contribute to the work of the Church, we must make room for Christ to live in our hearts.

In series Bright Morning Reflections