1 Kings 6

1 Kings 6 has Solomon beginning to build God’s house “in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel….began to build the house of the Lord”.  Things are under control and he has his leadership team in place, so now his focus can be on building the house that David had wanted to build but was never able to because of the constant war that engulfed his kingdom.  Solomon has likely been in the planning stages for some time prior to this, but now the construction can begin.  David had given Solomon some plans for the house back in 1 Chronicles 28.

The construction of this house is a huge job.  But Solomon didn’t want to disrupt everything.  “When the house was built, it was with stone prepared at the quarry, so that neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron was heard in the house while it was being built”.  Much of the noisy and heavy work was done outside the area and the stones were rolled in and placed after being prepared at the quarry.  This was quite a feat, since they didn’t have heavy equipment at the time, only people power.

God reinforces His promise to Solomon.  “Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and obey my rules and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you, which I spoke to David your father. And I will dwell among the children of Israel and will not forsake my people Israel….Solomon built the house and finished it”.  God is pleased with Solomon’s work and restates the promise that He had earlier given to David.  Obedience brings God’s blessing.  And this house is part of that obedience.

We’re also told that Solomon didn’t skip any expense as he built the house.  “Solomon overlaid the inside of the house with pure gold….he overlaid the whole house with gold, until all the house was finished”.  There was gold placed everywhere, inside and out.  Solomon didn’t skimp on how God’s house was built.  The main part was large – 90 feet (30 meters) long, 30 feet (10 meters) wide, and 45 feet (15 meters) high – but certainly not huge.  But it was magnificent witwh all the attention to detail and the gold placed inside and out.  It took seven years to complete, so no small task.  But Solomon obeyed God’s command to build Him a house.

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