I Kings 5-7

                           II Chronicles 2:1-5:1

                               March 16, 2003

 

 

Last lesson - study of Solomon’s pomp, power &

                        wisdom.

 

Now the study of the great undertaking of his

reign, the glory of Hebrew history, the erection

and adornment of the Temple.

 

                                    Ch. 5

 

Contract with Hiram, king of Tyre for materials

and labor.

 

II Chron. 2:11 - testimony to the worth &

            usefulness of individual character which

            here influenced the destiny of two whole

            nations.

 

v. 12 - “And the Lord gave Solomon wisdom as

            He promised him”

 

II Chron. 2:4 - The great respect which Solomon

            shows for “the ordinance for ever to Israel”

            which centered in “the house to the Name

            of the Lord”.

 

Not so America, which is in the process of trying

to excise God’s Holy name & influence from it’s

daily life.

                        Ch. 6

 

Detailed dimensions and instructions of the

Temple - from God for the Lord and not for man!

 

It has the signature of the Divine on it.

 

It’s architecture was not copied after anything

Egyptian or Assyrian but was twice as big as

the tabernacle, the pattern of which was showed

to Moses on Mount Sinai - Exodus 25:9,40

 

In I Chron. 28:11-12 David gave to Solomon

his son, the pattern.

 

Also of Moses - Heb. 8:5 - “See saith He, that

thou make all things according to the pattern

shewed to thee in the mount” - Ex. 25:40

 

NEGATIVES - Twice as big as Tabernacle, more

ornate, elaborate and costly - appears to be

a spiritual deterioration - MORE SHOW THAN

SUBSTANCE

 

6:4 - “narrow lights” - there had been no windows

            in the tabernacle - Solomon’s windows

            did not let in much light, but they did let

            in a little.  The people no longer depended

            upon divine light as they had in the

            tabernacle.  They depended upon the

            natural light which came from outside.

 

(Gradual withdrawal in Ezekiel - notice the progression -

ch. 3:23, 8:3-4, 9:3, 10:4,18-19 - final departure in 11:22-23,

and the prophetic return by the eastern gate - 43:4 - that

gate is stopped up now and will only open for the Messiah!)

 

It was built, not for the assemblies of the people.

The congregation never met within it but the

worship was offered towards it.  It was a place

for the Holy Presence, and for the priests who

ministered before it.

 

v. 1 - the chronicler mentions the site as

being in Mount Moriah.....in the threshing floor

of Ornan.  II Chron. 3:1

 

Great stress is laid upon the very place where the

Foundations of the Temple should be planted.

 

v. 7

 

vs. 19-20 - to the ancients the square seemed the

            most appropriate shape to express the idea

            of moral perfection.  The idea of the cube

            consequently was that of entire complete-

            ness, of absolute perfection.

 

The lavish use of gold in the Temple - 600 talents

or 75,000 lbs = $402,800,000 with gold at $335.70

an ounce as of last Thursday.

 

“And the oracle he prepared in the house within

to set there the ark of the covenant of the Lord”

 

ch. 8:9***                  

 

Overlaid with pure gold - what is in the ark?

The two tables of stone with the Ten Commandments

on them.

 

Apparently, what America thinks is useless is

very valuable to God, considering the extremes

taken here.

 

It was the “ark of the testimony” - so that the

temple was properly and primarily the shrine

and depository of the tables of the law graven

with the “ten words”, “the words of the covenant”

Deut. 4:13-14

 

Exodus 25:21-22

 

The purpose of the Ark of the Covenant was to

contain inviolate the Divine Autograph (Ex. 31:18)

of the two tables.  When the temple was completed

and the Ark brought in, the effulgence of Divine

Glory was instantly manifested!  ch. 8:10-11

 

ch. 8:6 “and the priests brought in the ark of

            the covenant” - no doubt as directed

            of old - remember Uzza - I Chron. 13

 

Digress here for a moment - Men say that

the Shechinah Glory has left the world -

Ezekiel 8:4, 9:3-11, 10:4,18, 11:23, 43:4-8

 

Today nothing close to ch. 8:12-16

but remember the downward slide of last week

as the Bible mentions “only.......”

 

Better too much reaction than not enough when

such a commodity as freedom is at stake,

what then can be said of our nation or our souls?

Has the Shechinah Glory left?  On the contrary

He is enshrined in the soul - the New Testament

calls it “Christ in you, the hope of glory”

 

In the New Covenant the law is written by the

finger of God on the spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pure gold - “shut up gold” - not because it was

concealed but because of the exclusion of impure

ingredients.

 

Let us consider some things.

            * v. 21 & I Chron. 3:5,16 - “chains of gold” -

            * v. 28 - “cherubims” - animal creation!?

            * v. 29 - “palm trees” - vegetable life

            * v. 29 - “open flowers” - life-fullness

            * ch. 7:19 - “lily work” - emblem of purity

            * ch. 7:20 - “pomegranates” - emblems of

                                 fruitfulness.      

 

Everywhere portrayed the various tokens of

God’s Almighty power, wisdom and goodness.

 

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory &

honor & power:  for thou has created all things

and for thy pleasure they are & were created”

Rev. 4:11

 

Footnote - These splendid works of art were removed

            out of their place, broken up and carried to

            Babylon - Jer. 52. 

It was because their lessons were unheeded, the

people were not pure and holy.  Jer. 22:8-9

 

What does the New Testament teach but that

God is our refuge and strength, that we are to

wear the white lily of a blameless life and to bring

forth much fruit, that if we overcome, we shall be

pillars in the heavenly temple.

 

It is clear from v. 22 that “all the house” blazed

with gold in every part.

 

It was not for show as most of it was never seen

except by the priests but was symbolical of light

and purity and stamped the place as the abode

of Him who dwelleth in light.

 

I Tim. 6:16

 

Notice, whom no man can see and the obsession

today of walking by sight and not by faith!

 

In this temple, unlike pagan shrines, there was

no statue, no similitude of God - distinctly

forbidden by the 2nd Commandment.

 

 

                        ch. 7

 

v. 21 Two pillars in the porch - Jachin & Boaz

 

Not structural but monumental.

 

Symbolize the power and eternity of the Being

to whom it was dedicated.

 

Long and lasting - not like the tent/tabernacle.

 

II Chron. 4:1 - The altar - Sacrifice is the great

            feature.

 

            v. 2 - “Molten Sea” - the need for priests

            of old and modern spiritual leaders for

            cleanness of hand, deed, word, thought,

            conscience.

 

            v. 6 - “ten lavers” - washing of victims

            & sacrifices - cleanness - our best.  Do not

            bring blemished or polluted offerings.

 

            v. 7 - “ten candlesticks of gold” - spiritual

            light.

 

            v. 8 - “ten tables” - Bread of life

 

            vs. 17-18  - clay - moulding - reminiscent

            of God making vessels of grace and beauty -

            His people - their character, discipline &

            sanctification.