In Today's Scripture Reading:
Solomon builds the Temple; furnishings of the Temple and his own palace
Solomon's Temple was twice the size of the Tabernacle, but it was still comparatively small, only 90 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 45 feet tall. The interior was divided into two rooms. The first room was called the Holy Place and was 60 by 30 feet; the second room was called the Holy of Holies and was a 30 x 30 x 30 foot cube.
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 . . . that he began to build the House of the Lord (I Kings 6:1). No other building in the world compared with Solomon's Temple. The most costly materials and treasures were lavished upon it. While the world observed only the external beauty of the Temple, its true glory was in the presence of God who chose to dwell within the Holy of Holies.
The Temple was built without the noise of craftsmen since the stones were shaped in the quarry and made ready to fit together on Mount Moriah (6:7). This should remind us not to mistake noise for spiritual progress. We are transformed into His glorious likeness, not by noisy human efforts, but silently by the power of the Holy Spirit, as day by day God perfects His temple within every believer (Zechariah 4:6).
Every child of God is more precious to our Heavenly Father than Solomon's Temple. Ye are the temple of God (I Corinthians 3:16). We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus (born anew) unto good works, which God hath before ordained (planned) that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).
Every day is a sacred trust that becomes more meaningful with the awareness that the God of heaven lives within every believer. The miracle of the new birth and the indwelling Holy Spirit are the differences between the true Christian and the religious world. Jesus said: I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me (John 14:6). The Apostle Peter attested: Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other Name . . . whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
For ye are bought with a price (belong to God): therefore glorify God in your body (I Corinthians 6:20).
5:3 under the soles of his feet =nder his control; 5:4 evil occurrent =vil happenings, misfortune; 5:13 levy =orced labor; 6:2 a cubit =bout 18 inches; 6:5 oracle =oly of Holies. Oracle in I Kings 8:8-9 =nner sanctuary, location of the two tables of stone. God cannot be separated from His Word whether spoken or written; 6:38 month (of) Bul =ctober/November; 7:4 ranks =ows; 7:9 coping =he top, the highest course of stone; 7:14 cunning =killed.
Through the Temple (I Kings 6). Christ is the true Temple (John 2:21). Through Christ all may have access to God (Romans 5:12-21). For through Him we . . . have access by one Spirit unto the Father (Ephesians 2:18).
Pray for The Arabic International Shortwave Radio Broadcast sponsored by Jan Plyler Staff: Clarence Rathbone Government Official: Rep. Fred Upton (MI) Country: Nigeria (114 million) in western Africa Major languages: English and Hausa Government permits all types of religious activity 36% Muslim; 19% Protestant; 15% animist; 7% Roman Catholic Prayer Suggestion: Pray for a spirit of humility and submission before the Lord (John 3:30-31).
Optional Reading: Acts 24
Memory Verse for the Week: I John 2:4