1 Kings 7

1 Kings 7 has Solomon shifting focus from building the temple, to building his own house.  “Solomon was building his own house thirteen years”.  He spent seven years building God’s house, but now thirteen on his own. The temple was glorious, but it seems that Solomon wanted a house that was more glorious than the temple.  He primarily uses cedar from Lebanon as a key building material and his house gave the impression of being in a majestic forest.  We are left with the idea that as great as the temple was, the Solomon’s palace was better.

The house was much more than a simple place for Solomon to stay.  “His own house where he was to dwell, in the other court back of the hall, was of like workmanship. Solomon also made a house like this hall for Pharaoh’s daughter whom he had taken in marriage”.  This was a magnificent complex and one could argue that Solomon even overshadowed the temple he had built with his own house.  He hired “Hiram from Tyre….a worker in bronze….full of wisdom, understanding, and skill for making any work in bronze”.  He was the best of his day and Solomon had him in charge of all the finishing.

Hiram did some amazing work in finishing things.  He cast two pillars of bronze. These impressive pillars were actually so noteworthy that they were given names. They were called Jachin and Boaz.  Some believe that the pillars were meant to remind Israel of the twin pillars from the Exodus. The pillar of fire by night and the pillar of cloud by day were constant reminders of the presence of God in the wilderness.  But whatever the reason they were built, they should cause us to be ever mindful of God’s grace in our lives and of our utter dependence on Him

Hiram created a lot of stuff.  “Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because there were so many of them”.  There was nothing lacking in the temple or Solomon’s house.  And finally, 13 years later, “all the work that King Solomon did on the house of the Lord was finished. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, the silver, the gold, and the vessels, and stored them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord”.  God told David that he could not build the temple, but David still collected furnishings and treasures for the temple that his son Solomon would build.  Now it is all in its place and work on the temple and Solomon’s house are complete.

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