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2 Chronicles 1-3
The Tabernacle In The Wilderness had a long journey in time (about 400 years) and place (through the Wilderness Journey). The Tabernacle continued to be used long after the Israelites entered their promised land, through the entire era of The Judges - and was still in use after King David had The Ark Of The Covenant brought to Jerusalem. Solomon worshiped in Gibeon, even though the Ark was in Jerusalem.
"Solomon the son of David established himself in his kingdom [see Israelite Monarchy - The United Kingdom], and The Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.
It was there, at the Tabernacle, that The Lord (see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD) appeared to Solomon and promised him a great kingdom.
"In that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, "Ask what I shall give you."
2 Chronicles Chapter 2
Solomon then returned to Jerusalem and began the building of the Temple and the royal palace - both of which would survive until the Babylonian captivity of Judah (see Why Babylon? and Israelite Monarchy - The Southern Kingdom).
"Now Solomon purposed to build a temple for the name of The Lord, and a royal palace for himself. And Solomon assigned seventy thousand men to bear burdens and eighty thousand to quarry in the hill country, and three thousand six hundred to oversee them." (2 Chronicles 2:1-2 RSV)
Much of the fine cedar and skilled workmen would be supplied by King Hiram Of Tyre (also rendered "Huram").
"And Solomon sent word to Huram the king of Tyre: "As you dealt with David my father and sent him cedar to build himself a house to dwell in, so deal with me. Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of The Lord my God and dedicate it to him for the burning of incense of sweet spices before him, and for the continual offering of the showbread, and for burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths and the new moons and the appointed feasts of The Lord our God, as ordained for ever for Israel." (2 Chronicles 2:3-4 RSV)
Hiram was a faithful ally to both David and Solomon. Israel and Lebanon also traded extensively.
"Then Huram the king of Tyre answered in a letter which he sent to Solomon, "Because The Lord loves his people he has made you king over them."
2 Chronicles Chapter 3
"Then Solomon began to build the house of The Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where The Lord had appeared to David his father, at the place that David had appointed, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. He began to build in the second month of the fourth year of his reign." (2 Chronicles 3:1-2 RSV)
"These are Solomon's measurements for building the house of God: the length, in cubits of the old standard, was sixty cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits. The vestibule in front of the nave of the house was twenty cubits long, equal to the width of the house; and its height was a hundred and twenty cubits." (2 Chronicles 3:3-4 RSV)
The Layout Of Solomon's Temple was patterned after the Tabernacle that it replaced.
"The vestibule in front of the nave of the house was twenty cubits long, equal to the width of the house; and its height was a hundred and twenty cubits. He overlaid it on the inside with pure gold. The nave he lined with cypress, and covered it with fine gold, and made palms and chains on it. He adorned the house with settings of precious stones. The gold was gold of Parvaim. So he lined the house with gold - its beams, its thresholds, its walls, and its doors; and he carved cherubim on the walls." (2 Chronicles 3:3-4 RSV)
Carved Cherubim were created for The Most Holy Place (see the Fact Finder question below).
"In the most holy place he made two cherubim of wood and overlaid them with gold. The wings of the cherubim together extended twenty cubits: one wing of the one, of five cubits, touched the wall of the house, and its other wing, of five cubits, touched the wing of the other cherub; and of this cherub, one wing, of five cubits, touched the wall of the house, and the other wing, also of five cubits, was joined to the wing of the first cherub. The wings of these cherubim extended twenty cubits; the cherubim stood on their feet, facing the nave." (2 Chronicles 3:10-13 RSV)
"In front of the house he made two pillars thirty-five cubits high, with a capital of five cubits on the top of each. He made chains like a necklace and put them on the tops of the pillars; and he made a hundred pomegranates, and put them on the chains. He set up the pillars in front of the temple, one on the south, the other on the north; that on the south he called Jachin, and that on the north Boaz." (2 Chronicles 3:15-17 RSV)