Week 17   Day 3


A temple for God!

Never before had God had a temple


Abraham and the other patriarchs worshiped God

            wherever they built an altar 


Moses constructed an elaborate portable tabernacle

            so the nomadic children of Israel

            could take God with them on their journey


David envisioned the temple as a




            place to meet God for prayer and worship


He wanted the traveling God

            to make his home with him in Jerusalem.

The temple was a place for God to dwell forever

            an invitation 

            a love message to God.



It took 7 years for Solomon to build his father's dream, the temple

It took 13 years for Solomon to build his own dream, a palace

This seems to be a hint of things to come.




                    A HOUSE FOR THE LORD'S NAME
          Cedar, stone, gold and fifteen foot cherubim.
                                       I Kings 6 & 7


     1 In the four hundred and eightieth year after the children

of Israel had come out of Egypt, and in the fourth year of

Solomon's reign, he began to build the house of the Lord.

     11The word of the Lord came to Solomon, saying,  

12"If you walk in My statutes, execute My judgments, keep

all My commandments, then I will perform My word with

you, which I spoke to your father David.  13 I will dwell

among the children of Israel, and will not forsake My people."

     14Solomon built the temple and finished it.  15He built the

inside walls with cedar boards; from the floor to the ceilings
paneled the inside with wood; he covered the floor with
of cypress.  16He built the twenty-cubit room at the
rear with
cedar boards; he built it as the inner sanctuary, the
Most Holy
Place.  17 In the front of it, the temple sanctuary
was forty cubits [60 feet]
long.  18The inside of the temple
was cedar, carved with
ornamental buds and open flowers. 
All was cedar; there was
no stone to be seen.

     19He prepared the inner sanctuary to set the ark of the
there.  20He overlaid it with pure gold, and overlaid
the altar.  
22The whole temple he overlaid with gold.

     23 Inside the inner sanctuary he made two cherubim of
wood, each ten cubits high [10 feet].  24Each wing of
the cherub was five
cubits. 27He set the cherubim inside the
inner room, and they
stretched out their wings so that the wing
of the one touched one
wall, and the wing of the other cherub
touched the other wall. 
Their wings touched each other in the
middle of the room. 
28He overlaid the cherubim with gold.

     29He carved the walls of the temple all around with figures

of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers.  30He overlaid
the floor with gold, both inner and outer sanctuaries. 

     31For the entrance of the inner sanctuary he made doors
olive wood; the lintel and doorposts were one-fifth of the
32He carved on them figures of cherubim, palm trees
and open
flowers, and overlaid them with gold.  33For the door
of the
sanctuary he made doorposts of olive wood, one-fourth
of the
wall.  36He built the inner court with three rows of
hewn stone
and a row of cedar beams.

     38 In the eleventh year the house of the Lord was finished
all its details.  So he was seven years in building it. 

    1But Solomon took thirteen years to build his own house.
                This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV          

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