First Kings 6 Commentary
We can tell that Solomon is all out to impress the LORD with his grand project. It was an imposing piece of architectural work. However, the LORD is never one to be impressed by things like this. Only obedience would make the LORD stay in the temple.
“As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, observe my laws and keep all my commands and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father. And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel.”
This is key to understanding God’s relationship with man. Like Solomon, man is always building grand projects in order to accommodate the LORD. We have complicated structures both logical and physical. Cathedrals, seminaries, and multiple layers of education systems are all arranged by man in an attempt to accommodate God. There is much more. Religion is as complicated as man’s imagination itself.
This chapter brings it down to one very simple word: obedience. The word of the LORD can be summarized in the Ten Commandments that we have come to memorize. Obey the Ten Commandments. Then the LORD will live among you. It should be simple.
But who wants simplicity? Solomon still goes ahead and builds an elaborate temple 480 years after Israel left Egypt. It takes him 7 years. The symbols in the chapter are important but let’s see what happens next tomorrow.
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