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Solomon prepares to build the Temple.
Solomon’s agreement with Hiram. (1-9): Here is Solomon’s design to build a temple. And all outward skill and advantages should be made serviceable to the interests of Christ’s kingdom. It’s Tyre supplies Israel with craftsmen, Israel will supply Tyre with corn, ( Ezekiel 27:17 ). God’s design is to depend on each other to the glory of God.
Vs. 1&2…These two verses illustrates the wisdom of Solomon as he capitalized on the friendly relationship that his father David had with Hiram of Tyre by receiving the help of Hiram in building the Temple.
Vs. 3&4..rest on every side…there is neither adversary nor evil occurrence…Solomon is quoting 2 Samuel 7:1-7 what God talked to David about building the Temple.
V. 5…your son whom I will set on your throne…This is a quote from 2 Samuel 7:13 & 1 Chronicles 17:12, where there is a pre-figure of the building of a KINGDOM FOREVER. John 2:19-22 can be connected to this verse.
V. 8…I have considered the message…Again this prefigures the inclusion of the Gentiles in the building of the Church, which is the Spiritual Temple in NT (Eph. 2:19-22).
Solomon’s workmen for the temple. (10-18):
Vs. 13…Raise up labor force out of all Israel¨
First Kings 9:15–23 makes it clear that Solomon did not conscript Israelites to work abroad, but only workers from the Canaanite population of Israel. Two quite distinct groups are intended in 5:13–18 and 9:15–23. The first comprises 30,000 Canaanites and is supervised by 550 officials; the other comprises 150,000 Israelites and is supervised by 3,300 foremen. – ESV Study Bible
V. 17… large stones, costly stones, and hewn stones… Solomon ordered for costly and dressed stones for foundation. 1 Peter 2:4 talks about Jesus as the costly stone.
V. 18… builders… Paul compares himself as the builder of the Church of Jesus Christ in 1 Corinthians 3:10.
1 Kings 6
We read the record of Solomon building the Temple of God and his palace in 1 Kings 6:1- 7:51.
The building of Solomon’s temple. (1-10):
V. 1…Talks about the corresponding dates to the Temple of God.
V. 2 & 3…talks about the proportions. The measurements are 90 feet long by 30 feet wide by 45 feet tall. This is exactly doubled those of the Tabernacle of Moses. This symbolizes an expansion and a further stage in God’s purposes.
In Ezekiel’s vision of a new Temple (Ezk. 40-43), we read about much larger Temple than Solomon’s Temple. This may talk about a physical, but it would be great if we understand the purity and spiritual vitality of the ideal place of worship.
Ephesians 2:19-22… Much larger Temple/Church of God is spoken here.
Revelation 21 talks about still larger, but this time it was not temple but the New Jerusalem itself. Rev. 21:22 says,” But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.”
V. 4…Talks about windows.
Vs. 5,6,8…Talks about side chambers..
V. 7…no hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard in the temple…Talks
The temple is called the house of the Lord, because it was directed and modelled by Him….It was to be the temple of the God of peace, therefore no iron tool must be heard; quietness and silence suit and help religious exercises. God’s work should be done with much care and little noise. Clamor and violence often hinder, but never further the work of God. Thus the kingdom of God in the heart of man grows up in silence, ( Mark 5:27 ) . – Mathew Henry Concise Commentary