Old Testament: 1 Kings 7: 1- 51
1 Kings 7: 1- 12 Solomon’s Place
See what I mean about Solomon being a spoiled king’s kid? He took thirteen years to build his own house. That was almost twice as long as it took to build the Temple. It was 166 ft. long by 83 ft. wide and 12 ft. tall. That’s 13,778 sq. feet. That’s about half a football field long which was was about five times larger than the Temple! It was made mostly of cedar wood and costly stones. It was all very ornate. We said yesterday he had rocks in his head. It was all fitting the lavish times and Solomon’s rule of peace.
1 Kings 7: 13- 51 Hiring Hiram
Hiram, not the king, was a a bronze expert. He came to help from Tyre. You can read about the two pillars he made. They were so cool that they actually gave them names. One was called Jachin which meant “he shall establish” (v. 21b). The other was called Boaz which meant “strength” (v. 21c). McGee sees these as symbolizing beauty and strength. McGee says that strength speaks of our salvation and beauty of holiness. We need both in the Christian life. This may be the same as saying that we need to be justified, established, and lead a beautiful life submitted to the Lord of holiness.
Hiram also made the sea, the ten stands of bronze, and ten basins. The “sea” replaced the smaller laver in the Tabernacle court and could hold 17,000 gallons of water (Weirsbe).
Solomon had all the furniture in the Temple and all the furnishings made of pure gold (v. 49). Even the hinges of the doors were gold. When they were all finished, he had everything put in storage.
New Testament: Acts 7: 30 – 50
Acts 7: 30 – 50 I’ve Found A New Place To Dwell
Stephen continues the story of rebellious Israel before the Jewish council. He told them the story of how they had rejected Moses despite that fact that Moses was God’s chosen person for that time.
Note that the word “ecclesia” is properly translated in the NASB (“congregation”), NIV (“assembly”) and most other translations. There was not a church in the wilderness (v. 38) as indicated by the KJV. The church began on Pentecost as we saw in Acts 2.
Stephen quotes Isaiah 66: 1-2 to show that Yahweh never dwelled in a physical habitation, Tabernacle or Temple. Solomon had said the same thing in 1Ki. 8: 27. Those were only the places where God and man came together. God now dwells within us! (1Cor. 6: 19; also in the church, cf. 1Cor. 3: 16).
Of course, all the Jewish religious leaders just thanked Stephen and sent him on his way. Well, maybe not. Tune in again tomorrow.