1 Kings · 2 Chronicles

1 Kings 5-6, 2 Chron 2-3

Quick recap: David wanted to build a permanent structure for the Lord.  God’s dwelling place was currently in Gibeon and the construction was a Tabernacle, make of wood, cloth, and animal skins so that it could travel with the Israelites.  The blueprint for construction was given to Moses directly from God.  However, God said he would choose the place where his Temple would be established.  Mount Moriah was the very place Abraham was going to sacrifice Isaac and a substitute was offered to save his life.  This spot was the Gospel from the very beginning.  David purchased this land, which is a threshing floor (a threshing floor is where farmers separated the wheat from the chaff), a perfect visual of the Gospel: separating the saved from the lost.  God told David he had blood on his hands and could not be the one to build the Temple BUT the son I anoint King, will be a King of Peace,  and he will build the Temple: Solomon.  David, in the meantime, spent the rest of his days gathering resources for Temple Construction.

2 Chronicles 5:

“The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him? Who then am I to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him?”

Watch this video so that you can visualize the Temple.  But before you do here are some facts:

  • The labor force: 186,000 
    • 30,000 men workers (in 10,000 at a time rotations)
    • 70,000 laborers
    • 80,000 stone cutters
    • 3,600 foreman
  • The Temple Blueprint was the Taberbacle- enlarged
  • The size was doubled (15ft by 45ft TO 30ft by 90ft)
  • Height was tripled (15 ft to 45 ft)
    • The next temple will be larger (what do I mean next Temple?? What happens to this one?? You will have to read to find out)
  • The materials for the structure was (today’s value) was $11,000,000 (that’s million!)
  • It was 2700 sq ft (about the size of a modest home these days)
    • that’s $4,000 per sq foot
  • Later we will read about furnishings and such (instruments, courtyards, pillars, priest clothes) $$$ The TOTAL to build this Temple is $140,381,000,000 (that’s BILLION!)
  • Took 7 1/2 years to complete

“The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods.

OK, now you can watch the video:


That’s all I planned on posting but if you wanted more feel free to read on.  If not have a wonderful day, see you tomorrow:

Extra Information:

Hiram reigned from about 980-947.  His reign overlapped David’s by about nine years and Solomon’s by about 24.  Tyre was an important Mediterranean Seaport in Phoenicia north of Israel. Sidon, another, more important Phoenician port city at this time, stood a few miles north of Tyre.

Tyre and Sidon (With images) | Bible mapping, Bible, Daily bible study

The fact that Hiram cooperated with and even acknowledged the Lord (v. 7) shows how God brought blessing to Gentiles as well as to the Israelites through David and Solomon. The treaty between Israel and Phoenicia resulted in peace for many years.

Proverbs 16:7 said:

When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way,
    he causes their enemies to make peace with them.

I am going to tag off a cool comment from last night (well about midnight) from yesterday’s post and stay on the road of “defending the Bible”.  I know many of you would never question “Was there really a Temple?”  Why would you?  BUT the reality is, as we read the Bible we are soaking it up and not even thinking about needing to defend it.  Well, if you engage the lost word you may have to one day.  We should never ‘debate’ the Bible in such a way that pushes someone further away from the Lord. (It happened to me 15 years ago and the debate pushed me further into not wanting anything to do with it) We know 1 Kings is history, so more history will be your support.  Many have argued that building a Temple with those materials, the size, the detail….was impossible 3000 years ago. How can you defend that? It was demolished in 70 AD so we can’t just say it was once there.  So prove that it is possible with history!  It might just be what someone needs to question the Bible might actually be true.  You never know!

So about 70 years ago we excavated a Temple in Syria called the Ain Dara temple,  which was SO similar to Solomon’s structure,  built close to the time of Solomon’s reign,  that it PROVES a temple like the one in Jerusalem COULD be built.  Unfortunately,  most of it was destroyed in 2018 but that’s neither here nor there….we defended the argument without debating the authenticity of the Bible. 😉

That was fun! Let’s do that again one day!