2 Chronicles 3

2 Chronicles 3 has Solomon finally getting to work.  “Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah”.  This is the appointed place that David had set aside – the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.  It is located on Mount Moriah and was the same hill where Abraham offered Isaac (Genesis 22:2), and the same set of hills where Jesus would later die on the cross (Genesis 22:14).  He actually begins construction “in the second month of the fourth year of his reign”.

The rest of the chapter describes the temple he is building, starting with the measurements.  There are actually four main structures described:

  • The temple itself (the foundation which Solomon laid) was divided into two rooms (the holy place and the most holy place)
  • The vestibule or entrance hall on the east side of the temple.  It was thirty feet wide and fifteen feet deep, and the same height as the temple itself
  • The three-storied side chambers (described in 1 Kings 6:5) which surrounded the temple on the north, south, and west sides
  • A large courtyard surrounding the whole structure

Solomon spared no expense in building the temple.  “Pure gold….precious stones” were par for the course during construction.  And he used it all over the place.  This chapter gives us a glimpse of how beautiful the temple was and how Solomon spared no expense in making it beautiful.  There was gold everywhere in the temple, but especially in the Most Holy Place. The walls were covered with gold, the floor was covered with gold and gold was hammered into the carvings on the doors.  It was first class.

In the Most Holy Place he made two cherubim of wood and overlaid them with gold”.  These two large sculptures inside the Most Holy Place faced the entrance to this inner room, so as soon as the High Priest entered he saw these giant guardians of the presence of God facing him.  These cherubim were 15 feet tall and towered over the area.  He also “made the veil of blue and purple and crimson fabrics and fine linen” which was the important barrier separating the holy place from the Most Holy Place. Only one man once a year could go behind the veil and enter the Most Holy Place.

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