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June 13, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Job 40-42
Audio: Job 40-42

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1 Kings 6 (ESV)

In the four hundred and eightieth year after the people of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of the Lord. The house that King Solomon built for the Lord was sixty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and thirty cubits high. The vestibule in front of the nave of the house was twenty cubits long, equal to the width of the house, and ten cubits deep in front of the house. And he made for the house windows with recessed frames. He also built a structure against the wall of the house, running around the walls of the house, both the nave and the inner sanctuary. And he made side chambers all around.The lowest story was five cubits broad, the middle one was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad. For around the outside of the house he made offsets on the wall in order that the supporting beams should not be inserted into the walls of the house.

When the house was built, it was with stone prepared at the quarry, so that neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron was heard in the house while it was being built.

The entrance for the lowest story was on the south side of the house, and one went up by stairs to the middle story, and from the middle story to the third. So he built the house and finished it, and he made the ceiling of the house of beams and planks of cedar. 10 He built the structure against the whole house, five cubits high, and it was joined to the house with timbers of cedar.

11 Now the word of the Lord came to Solomon, 12 “Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and obey my rules and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you, which I spoke to David your father. 13 And I will dwell among the children of Israel and will not forsake my people Israel.”

14 So Solomon built the house and finished it. 15 He lined the walls of the house on the inside with boards of cedar. From the floor of the house to the walls of the ceiling, he covered them on the inside with wood, and he covered the floor of the house with boards of cypress. 16 He built twenty cubits of the rear of the house with boards of cedar from the floor to the walls, and he built this within as an inner sanctuary, as the Most Holy Place. 17 The house, that is, the nave in front of the inner sanctuary, was forty cubits long. 18 The cedar within the house was carved in the form of gourds and open flowers. All was cedar; no stone was seen. 19 The inner sanctuary he prepared in the innermost part of the house, to set there the ark of the covenant of the Lord. 20 The inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and twenty cubits high, and he overlaid it with pure gold. He also overlaid an altar of cedar. 21 And Solomon overlaid the inside of the house with pure gold, and he drew chains of gold across, in front of the inner sanctuary, and overlaid it with gold. 22 And he overlaid the whole house with gold, until all the house was finished. Also the whole altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary he overlaid with gold.

23 In the inner sanctuary he made two cherubim of olivewood, each ten cubits high. 24 Five cubits was the length of one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the length of the other wing of the cherub; it was ten cubits from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other. 25 The other cherub also measured ten cubits; both cherubim had the same measure and the same form. 26 The height of one cherub was ten cubits, and so was that of the other cherub. 27 He put the cherubim in the innermost part of the house. And the wings of the cherubim were spread out so that a wing of one touched the one wall, and a wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; their other wings touched each other in the middle of the house.28 And he overlaid the cherubim with gold.

29 Around all the walls of the house he carved engraved figures of cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, in the inner and outer rooms. 30 The floor of the house he overlaid with gold in the inner and outer rooms.

31 For the entrance to the inner sanctuary he made doors of olivewood; the lintel and the doorposts were five-sided. 32 He covered the two doors of olivewood with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers. He overlaid them with gold and spread gold on the cherubim and on the palm trees.

33 So also he made for the entrance to the nave doorposts of olivewood, in the form of a square, 34 and two doors of cypress wood. The two leaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding. 35 On them he carved cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, and he overlaid them with gold evenly applied on the carved work. 36 He built the inner court with three courses of cut stone and one course of cedar beams.

37 In the fourth year the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid, in the month of Ziv. 38 And in the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished in all its parts, and according to all its specifications. He was seven years in building it.

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  1. The Word of the Lord Came to Solomon

    1 Kings 6:11-13 says, "Now the word of the Lord came to Solomon, 12 “Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and obey my rules and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you, which I spoke to David your father. 13 And I will dwell among the children of Israel and will not forsake my people Israel."

    I find it interesting that when the Lord spoke to Solomon "concerning the house" he was building, He directed Solomon's attention from the house (temple) he was building to the house/temple of Solomon himself.

    Before Solomon's temple, the Lord revealed His glory in the tent and tabernacle which Moses constructed. As author/pastor Sam Storms writes, it was there that "God would come, dwell, and meet with his people. 'Let them make me a sanctuary,' the Lord spoke to Moses, 'that I may dwell in their midst' (Exodus 25:8). It was there that 'the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and [there that] the Lord would speak with Moses' (Exodus 33:9). It was there that 'the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle' (Ex. 40:34). The tabernacle was where the people of Israel would draw near to hear from God, to worship God, and to stand in his presence."

    Jesus Himself is the glory of God in human flesh and as believers in Christ, we have His Spirit in us. As the Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:16, we are God’s temple and His Spirit dwells in us!

    Furthermore, as believers, the church, is the body of Christ. As such, we are God's temple collectively. 

    Ephesians 2:19-22 says that we (believers in the Lord Jesus Christ) are no longer "strangers and aliens" but we're "fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit."

    It's clear the Lord is more concerned with us as people than what we build with our hands – even if what we are building is to worship Him, exalt Him and magnify His name. 

  2. I'm sorry; I fell behind in the Daily Reading.

    It's amazing to read about the construction of this house – one that was 70 YEARS in the making! Absolutely incredible. 

    I still sometimes shake my head in awe that God wants me. I want to serve Him by serving my family and my church. Sometimes it feels as though no matter how hard I work, it's never enough. I just marvel over what Jesus did for me on that cross. 

    I'm forever grateful and always willing to serve. 

    1. Hi, Brynne – It can be challenging to stay caught up and harder to catch up once you fall behind. 

      That's part of the blessing in our commitment to read and share something from God's Word every day; if we didn't have the Daily Bible Reading, weeks and months could go by without notice. 

      And just a quick note about how long it took to build the temple – 1 Kings 6:38 says, "He was SEVEN years in building it." 🙂

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