Day 142 (May 22): Solomon builds his palace, Great and grand is the interior and furnishings for the Lord’s temple

Welcome to BibleBum where we are exploring the entire Bible in one year to better learn how to follow God’s instructions and discover the purpose for our lives.  The BibleBum blog uses The One Year Chronological Bible, the New Living Translation version.  At the end of each day’s reading, Rob, a cultural history aficionado and seminary graduate, answers questions from Leigh An, the blogger host, about the daily scripture.  To start from the beginning, click on “Index” and select Day 1.

1 Kings 7:1-51

2 Chronicles 3:15-4:22

Questions & Observations

Q. (1 Kings 7:1-12): It sounds like Solomon is building his ego with a palace larger than the temple he’s building for God.  It took him almost twice as long to build his palace than the Lord’s temple.

A. Yes, I would say so.  This is not Solomon’s, uh, wisest move, is it?

Q. (7:13-51): This description of the Lord’s temple is so detailed that it sounds as if it came from God himself.  I think Solomon has certainly honored God with such a lavish place!  Does God comment on the temple later?  I wonder if it’s pleasing to Him.

A. You will find out very soon.  The next step will be to dedicate it.

Q. Is there any of these designer details of the Temple that we should take note of?

A. Other than the objects in question are absolutely massive?  I would say that’s the only thing that needs to be made clear.  This is a massive building — even by modern standards — in every way recognizing, but being superior to, the design of the Wilderness Tabernacle.  Solomon intended his Temple to be eternal (1 Kings 9:13), so he used his father’s fortune in resources to do the best that he could to make it that way.

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