1 Kings 5-6 and 2 Chronicles 2-3
I never much cared for reading the descriptions of the temple preparations or building. That is, until I had an open-ended project in school to study an ancient culture and create artifacts from that time. My group picked the Hebrew culture, and one of the items we chose to create was a to-scale replica of Solomon’s temple. That section of reading got a whole lot more interesting for me as I took notes on the dimensions, did the math to scale it down (probably the most fun part for me!), and found objects to use to build it.
I still struggle reading the descriptions, but when I stop and picture what our group made, it makes it easier! So if you are a visual learner, go look up a drawing of Solomon’s temple. I think it will help.
I don’t know why such an elaborate description of the temple is included for future generations to read, but if you can picture it, it really is an impressive work. It took 7 years to build! I know they didn’t have the technology we have today (and didn’t use iron tools at the site – take some time to look that up – some interesting theories), but that is still a long time to build something. 2 Chronicles 2:5-7 says:
5 “The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. 6 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? 7 “Send me, therefore, a man skilled to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, and in purple, crimson and blue yarn, and experienced in the art of engraving, to work in Judah and Jerusalem with my skilled workers, whom my father David provided.
Solomon, recognized that though this temple would be great, it couldn’t contain God. But they would build it to offer sacrifices which was the best option at the time.
One thing that stood out to me in this section is the relationship between Hiram & Solomon – I found it interesting in the 1 Kings account, Hiram reached out first to establish the good relationship with Solomon that he had with David. Even though God didn’t allow David to build the temple, He worked through him to provide the materials and skilled laborers that Solomon would need by way of a relationship. Do you ever think about how the relationships you establish could affect the future generations? I always enjoy hearing about connections. How someone’s grandparent established a church which lead to another group of people coming into the faith, and their family, and now today I know their descendants because of that. The connections we make today can have a lasting impact.
Today’s Bible reading can be read or listened to at https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Kings+5-6%2C+2+Chronicles+2-3&version=NIV
Tomorrow’s reading will be 1 Kings 7 & 2 Chronicles 4 as we continue the 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan