In just the same way as Moses had done with the construction of the Tabernacle in the wilderness, Solomon designed and built the temple in Jerusalem using the finest materials and harnessing the skills and craftsmanship of the best men available. In the short passage below we get a flavour of the opulence of the temple from the summary of the items made in bronze and gold. Solomon spared absolutely no expense. Nothing was too extravagant for the temple which was build to house the very presence of God. To Solomon the temple was not merely symbolic in its beauty and magnificence, it was meant to honour God. It was holy from the moment of its conception, and all aspects of its construction were carried out with the due reverence and respect for its truly awesome purpose: hosting the presence of the living God himself.
1 Kings 7:40-51 NLT
So at last Huram completed everything King Solomon had assigned him to make for the Temple of the Lord: the two pillars; the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars; the two networks of interwoven chains that decorated the capitals; the 400 pomegranates that hung from the chains on the capitals (two rows of pomegranates for each of the chain networks that decorated the capitals on top of the pillars); the ten water carts holding the ten basins; the Sea and the twelve oxen under it; the ash buckets, the shovels, and the bowls. Huram made all these things of burnished bronze for the Temple of the Lord, just as King Solomon had directed. The king had them cast in clay moulds in the Jordan Valley between Succoth and Zarethan. Solomon did not weigh all these things because there were so many; the weight of the bronze could not be measured. Solomon also made all the furnishings of the Temple of the Lord: the gold altar; the gold table for the Bread of the Presence; the lampstands of solid gold, five on the south and five on the north, in front of the Most Holy Place; the flower decorations, lamps, and tongs—all of gold; the small bowls, lamp snuffers, bowls, dishes, and incense burners—all of solid gold; the doors for the entrances to the Most Holy Place and the main room of the Temple, with their fronts overlaid with gold. So King Solomon finished all his work on the Temple of the Lord.
So Solomon built a magnificent temple, thousands of years ago, in Jerulsalem. How it that relevant to us today? Well, as Christians today, we have been given a new life in the service of Jesus Christ. Our bodies have been re-cast as living stones in the fabric of the the Lord’s temple. Our very bodies, together in the fellowship of the church, are God’s temple. The Lord lives in our hearts and we in his. My goal today, like Solomon’s was when he build the temple to the Lord, is to spare no expense. I want to bend my whole mind, body and soul to the task of building this temple in my heart. I want to devote all my worldly resources to the task and I pray for the strength and wisdom to remember that my body is holy, it is the temple of the Lord. It should be built, from now on, with the reverence and respect due to such an awesome purpose.
1 Kings 7:1-51, Acts 7:30-50, Psalms 128:1-6, Proverbs 16:31-33