1 Kings 6, 9:1-19; John 5:20
1 Kings 6 gives an exhaustive account of King Solomon’s journey in building the temple. After setting the scene in the first two verses, the text gives specification after specification of the temple.
It’s painstakingly detailed.
While the picture it paints of the temple is jaw dropping, the I don’t think God wants us to walk away from this text only thinking he is in the business of making really cool buildings. If you haven’t realized yet, he is about so much more.
I think you learn a little bit about God’s faithfulness in this story. See, Solomon’s dad, King David, really wanted to build the temple. In 2 Samuel 7:1-16, David had just become settled in his palace and the Lord had given him peace from his enemies. As he was sitting there, he began to think he should build a home for God.
“Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent,” the king told the prophet Nathan.
God, however, had a different plan. He told David once he dies “I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”
Fast forward to 1 Kings 6 and Solomon’s kingship and it is clear he is the king God was speaking about. He builds the temple and God keeps his promise to David.
We should be glad God is faithful. He, unlike us, keeps his promises — all the time.
The promise God made to David was not only about Solomon and the building of the temple, however. The promise made in 2 Samuel 7:1-16 also makes reference to Jesus.
“I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever,” the text continues.
This promise made to David details how Jesus will bear the punishment for our sin and how he will establish his kingdom forever through his son. Just as God was faithful in building the temple, he was faithful in bringing us salvation through Jesus.
In John 6:20, Jesus said “…. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these.” He had just healed a man at a pool called Bethesda, but he tells those around him that there will be greater things to come, such as dying for man’s’ sins.
I think this verse applies to the account of the temple in 1 King 6. It’s pretty spectacular, just like healing a man, but the work Jesus did on the cross was even better.
1 – Think about God’s faithfulness in your life. How has come through and fulfilled his promises.
2 – Think about how God promises to pay for the sins of man and is faithful in sending Jesus to do so. Think about how much greater that is than the other things in your life.
3 – Spend some time worshiping God for his faithfulness.