Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 5:1-6:38
Ever since the Children of Israel were freed from slavery in Egypt and God had revealed to Moses the “blueprint” of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, Israel had dreamed of a permanent Temple in the Promised Land. Canaan Land was to be their home for all time and the Temple was to be the place where the presence of God lived in their midst.
In I Kings 5 we find that Solomon has built on the foundation of HIS father. We read that Solomon told Hiram (the king of Tyre) that he intended to build on the foundation that HIS father had laid.
His father was David, and David had dreamed of building a beautiful Temple for God but had been unable to do so because he was always at war with other nations. But now, Solomon has the ability and resources to fulfil his father’s dreams and he is going to build a Temple to glorify God.
God’s promise to Solomon of His continued presence in the midst of Israel was conditional upon the people of Israel and Solomon as its King, living according to the commandments and statues of Holiness, Righteousness, and Obedience.
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3: 16-17 – “Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Since the death of Jesus upon the Cross, God has chosen not to dwell in a building in Jerusalem but He now lives in the heart of each man, woman and child who will surrender their lives to Him. As we read the amazing plans for Solomon Temple we must remember the even more amazing temple that God has created, that our lives are now living temples for the Spirit of God. God now chooses to dwell in us.