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Monday, May 19 2014
1 Kings 6: The Temple That Solomon Built
"The House which King Solomon built for the LORD"
The thought of building a Temple in Jerusalem (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Temple), rather than a Tabernacle (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Tabernacle), originated with King David after he captured Jerusalem (see 2 Samuel 5: How Long Was Jerusalem The Capital Of Israel? and 2 Samuel 6: The Ark Of The LORD In The City Of David). While the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) agreed to David's request to build a Temple, the task was assigned to David's son and royal successor, King Solomon.
"17:1 Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet [see The Prophets: Nathan], Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD remaineth under curtains.
So it was then, in due time, that Solomon "began to build the house of the LORD."
"6:1 And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD." (1 Kings 6:1 KJV)
"6:2 And the house which king Solomon built for the LORD, the length thereof was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits. 6:3 And the porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits was the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house; and ten cubits was the breadth thereof before the house. 6:4 And for the house he made windows of narrow lights. 6:5 And against the wall of the house he built chambers round about, against the walls of the house round about, both of the temple and of the oracle: and he made chambers round about: 6:6 The nethermost chamber was five cubits broad, and the middle was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad: for without in the wall of the house he made narrowed rests round about, that the beams should not be fastened in the walls of the house.
King Solomon was great in natural and spiritual wisdom (see 1 Kings 3: Solomon's Gift Of Wisdom). The LORD promised to remain faithful to Solomon as long as Solomon remained faithful to Him. The activities at the Temple, just as they had been done at the Tabernacle, were prophetic observances of Christian salvation for those who remain obedient to the LORD (see Leviticus: The Prophecies Of Christianity and Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
"6:11 And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying, 6:12 Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father: 6:13 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel.
The construction of the Temple was completed in seven years, from the fourth to the eleventh years of Solomon's reign.
"6:37 In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of the LORD laid, in the month Zif: 6:38 And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, was the house finished throughout all the parts thereof, and according to all the fashion of it. So was he seven years in building it." (1 Kings 6:37-38 KJV)
Fact Finder: What caused King David to purchase the land in Jerusalem upon which the Temple was later built in the time of King Solomon?
This Day In History, May 19
241 BC: Agis IV, king of Sparta (the major city of the Peloponnesus in Greece), died.
1445: John I of Castile defeated the Infantes of Aragon at the First Battle of Olmedo.
1499: Catherine of Aragon was married by proxy to Arthur Tudor, the Prince of Wales. Catherine was 13, Arthur was 12.
1535: Jacques Cartier left on his second voyage to Canada with 3 ships. They arrived at the Gulf of St. Lawrence after a 50-day crossing.
1536: Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, mother of Queen Elizabeth I, was beheaded at age 29 on charges of adultery. Henry married Jane Seymour the next day.
1568: After being defeated by the Protestants, Mary, Queen of Scots, fled to England where she was imprisoned, and later beheaded, by Queen Elizabeth I.
1588: King Philip II's "Spanish Armada" left Lisbon on its ill-fated attempt to conquer England and restore Roman Catholicism there.
1608: The Protestant states formed the Evangelical Union of Lutherans and Calvinists under the direction of the elector of Brandenburg.
1635: During the Thirty Years War, French Cardinal Richelieu declared that France was at war with the Hapsburgs in Spain.
1662: King Charles II approved a bill requiring all ministers to assent publicly to the Anglican "Book of Common Prayer."
1749: King George II granted the English pioneers of the Ohio Company a charter of land around the forks of the Ohio River.
1780: At 2:00 p.m. near-total darkness covered much of New England and eastern Canada. The cause remained unknown until 2007 when forestry scientists discovered conclusive evidence of a massive forest fire that occurred in eastern Ontario at the time of the "Dark Day of 1780."
1845: Captain John Franklin set sail from Greenhithe, England on his ill-fated Arctic expedition.
1897: The writer and poet Oscar Wilde was released from Reading Gaol Prison after serving a two year sentence for sodomy.
1911: Parks Canada, the first national park service in the world, was established as the Dominion Parks Branch under the Department of the Interior.
1935: Colonel T.E. Lawrence (popularly-known as "Lawrence of Arabia") died from a motorcycle accident in England. Lawrence assisted the Arabian nations to become independent from centuries of rule by the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1958: The USA and Canada formally established the North American Air Defense Command.
1961: The Russian Venera 1 became the first spacecraft to complete a fly-by of another planet i.e. Venus.
1971: The Russian Mars 2 was launched. It became the first man-made object to land on the surface of Mars.
1991: The people of Croatia voted to become independent of Yugoslavia.