As we have read – have you noticed God’s heart throughout the history?

In Genesis – God creates – and longs to dwell in the garden, among his creation. In Exodus God instructs Moses to build a tent for Him to live in among His creation. Now, God is ready for a more permanent place to dwell among His creation.

That has always been God’s heart… to be with us.
So first David – the mighty King of Israel – has the desire to build God a permanent house. But God tells him that he cannot because he had a different purpose.

David was a man of conquest – a man of blood. (1 Chron 22:8).

But Solomon (David’s son) would have a different purpose. He would be a man of wisdom and peace. It would be Solomon’s responsibility to build God a house.

So in 1 Kings 6 we see that happen. David has brought peace to the region – and his son Solomon seals the deal to usher in a time of peace & prosperity for God’s people.

(That is how it was always supposed to be…)
So Solomon calls upon an the son of an old friend of his father – King Hiram of Tyre. Tyre is famous for their cedar trees. (Conquering enemies for generations would use these famous trees for the masts to their ships because they were straight and tall… and although scarce today – these trees still grow on the mountains of Lebanon). Solomon employs 150,000 men to cut and transport both wood and stone from the mountains of Tyre, for the payment of food.

The foundation for the Temple is laid on Mount Moriah (remember Abraham and his son Isaac… coincidence?). The huge trees and stones were cut and shaped in Tyre – to ensure no tool sounds were heard at the actual Temple site (1 Kings 6:7). These shaped cedars and stones were carried westward from the mountains in Tyre to the coast, where they were loaded onto rafts and transported southward to Joppa. From there they were carried 40 miles inland into Jerusalem. No small feat!

To make this even more amazing… one must understand the size of the typical stones that were hewn from the Tyre quarries. While most of the stones were destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar II in 587 BCE – there are still some of the original stones that Herod used to rebuild it under the same methods. The biggest of these stones is measured at 38 ‘ 9” long and weighs about 100 tons! (Pictured above). To move those massive blocks across that distance is almost hard to imagine for the technology back then – but that is how it was done. (Today one can still see the chisel marks from the original cutters – showing how they were cut and by whom).

The entire project took 7 years to complete – and once finished it was marveled as one of the Wonders of the World! No Temple could compete with it’s massive size – beautiful wood engravings – and golden veneer. Solomon spared no expense to glorify his Lord.
But as in all cases – God is first interested in the heart and obedience. As with His father, God makes a promise to Solomon:

Concerning this house which you are building, if you will walk in My statutes, execute My precepts, and keep all My commandments to walk in them, then I will fulfill to you My promises which I made to David your father. And I will dwell among the Israelites and will not forsake My people Israel.” 1 Kings 6:12-13 Amp

God had spoken a word to David years before – that his family lineage would never fail to sit upon the throne of Israel and that He would dwell among them and never leave them… but that promise was based upon their continued obedience to His ways. This promise is repeated to Solomon – and yet, as we shall see, Solomon rebels against the Lord – ushering in destruction from the north and causing God to withdraw from His people… leading to the eventual division of the nation of Israel.

…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”Joshua 24:15

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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