First Kings 7 Commentary
The chapter begins by giving us details of Solomon’s palace. The details are not needless. The holy script is showing us the power of Solomon. It is showing us the level of blessing as manifested in the size of the palaces that he built. It is the power and wealth of the nation of Israel on display.
The chapter quickly returns to the Temple. More objects are made.
The last verse of the chapter talks about the items that David had given to the LORD. They are brought into the Temple and stored in the storerooms of the temple. This picture is beautiful!
The temple was God’s house. Look at the items that were made. Like any normal house, the resident would require lighting and so the lampstands are made. The LORD would need to eat and so the tables are made. The LORD would need a place to reside in and so the Most Holy room is made.
The LORD would need storage for various gifts given to Him by the people and so we have storerooms around the temple.
For now, the LORD God would play along. But even Solomon knew the LORD of the universe cannot be contained in a house made by humans. The days of the real Son who would build the real house for the LORD are anticipated here.
The real house of the LORD is your heart. The Son, Jesus Christ, builds it for the LORD to live in. Salvation is about surrendering one’s life so that Jesus can make it good enough for the LORD to live in.
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