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“Ye are the temple of the living God.”

1 Kings 5:1-11 , 1 Kings 5:13-18

1 Kings 5:1

Fast friends are rare. It was a happy thing for Solomon that his father bequeathed him, the love of so useful an ally.

1 Kings 5:3

Like a good son who honoured his father, he does not say that David could not build the temple because he had shed blood, but because he was busy with wars. We ought always to speak the best things of parents.

1 Kings 5:6

The tabernacle, which was temporary, could be erected by Jews only; but the temple, which was to be permanent, is not built without the aid of Gentiles. Jews and Gentiles together make up the church which is the temple of God.

1 Kings 5:7 , 1 Kings 5:8

We ought to weigh well what we promise, and then we shall be the more likely to be true to our word. It is well when our second thoughts are full of liberality towards the cause of God.

1 Kings 5:9

Palestine was a fruitful agricultural country, and thus Solomon would do Hiram a service by paying him in provisions.

1 Kings 5:10

When God’s house is to be built, he will surely find all that is needful for it.

1 Kings 5:11 , 1 Kings 5:13-17

Even the foundation stones were not rugged and rough, but hewn and costly. God would have everything which is done for him done well. He careth not so much for that which meets the eye of man, he delights himself with the beauty of those living stones of his spiritual temple which are hidden away from observation.

1 Kings 5:18

So the stones and timbers came to their places prepared, and no sound of axe or hammer was heard. Here below the fitting us for heaven is a work of toil and noise, but in heaven all will be rest and quietness. May the Lord prepare us to be built into his temple above.


“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house.”

2 Chronicles 3

2 Chronicles 3:1

This was the place where Abraham offered up Isaac, and near by the spot where the Lord Jesus suffered as the Lamb which God had provided for sacrifice. The place of sacrifice and atonement is the ordained position of the Church of God.

2 Chronicles 3:6

The timber work was costly, but yet it was overlaid with pure gold, of the best kind, and this was adorned with precious stones. The Lord’s church is not to be built without vast cost, for it is very precious in his eyes.

2 Chronicles 3:7-13

Did these symbolize angels? We think so: and they are here represented as standing on their feet as servants, and not as sitting upon thrones like gods. We do not worship angels, but we worship with angels, joining in their solemn hymn of praise unto the Lord of all.

2 Chronicles 3:14

This veiled the sanctuary, for it was a dark dispensation, and the way into the holiest was not yet manifest.

2 Chronicles 3:17

and called the name of that on the right hand Jachin he will establish

2 Chronicles 3:17

and the name of that on the left Boaz (or, in him is strength). These were vast columns intended for glory and for beauty. The Church is the noblest design of the Great Architect. Holy Scripture gives us a full account of the various parts of the temple, and the different articles of furniture. Everything was ordained of God, and full of instruction, and the effect of the whole must have been beyond measure magnificent.

Go, worship at Immanuel’s feet,

See in himself what glories meet,

No gold or cedar can express

His worth, his glory, and his grace.

Is he a temple? I adore

Th’ indwelling majesty and power;

And still to this most holy place,

Whene’er I pray I turn my face.

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