1 Kings 6, 7:13-51
In the fourth year of Solomon’s reign he began building the temple. The exterior and main walls were made of stone. However all of the stone had to be cut at the quarry. They did not allow use of iron tools at the temple site because it was considered disrespectful to God. So they would cut the stones to fit, then transport them to the site and assemble them. This was more work, but this was God’s temple! It must be respected!!
The interior was then lined with carved wood and most of that was covered in gold! Solomon brought in a special craftsman to make all of the things made from bronze, mostly things that went outside for the burnt offering area and washing area. Verse 7:47 says that so much bronze was used they didn’t even try to weight it!! They spent 7 years building the beautiful temple. But what was it for? Verse 6:11-14 tell us. God says that if His children will follow His rules, He will live among them. They were building a home for God. A place they could go worship Him and show Him how much they loved Him.
Solomon ends up building a beautiful temple and it stood for many years. But did God’s people keep their end of the deal? Did they follow God’s rules? Unfortunately as we continue our study of 1&2 Kings we will find that they didn’t keep their end of the agreement. Eventually the beautiful temple would be destroyed. But does that mean that God stopped dwelling with men? No!! God had a good plan that we find out about in the New Testament, so that now He dwells right in our hearts instead of in a building! You can have God right in your heart because of Jesus. Isn’t that great?
Pick a description in chapter 6 or 7 and draw what you think that part of the temple looked like. Talk about why we build beautiful buildings for God. And also talk about which is more important to God, a beautiful building or a beautiful heart?