Please read 1 Kings 3:16-28, 1 Kings 5, 2 Chronicles 2, 1 Kings 6:1-13, 2 Chronicles 3:1-14, 1 Kings 6:14-38. Big day – Solomon is beginning work on the temple!
It’s remarkable that we are still measuring time against the moment that the Israelites left Egypt. We’re told here that it has been 48- years since then. This really tells us where we are with regards to our timeline, and reminds us again how important it is to read the Bible in its chronological order (at least once!).
Remember when David bought the threshing floor from Araunah? Click back to day 122 for a reminder. Even then, he was making preparations for the temple. It’s really interesting that they actually did break ground on this site, exactly where David said that he would not offer to God that which cost him nothing. While Solomon is prepared to give and do his very best, God is providing in a miraculous way to build the temple.
“Solomon responded, saying, “You know that David my father was not able to build a temple in honor of God because of the wars he had to fight on all sides, until God finally put them down. But now God has provided peace all around—no one against us, nothing at odds with us.
“Now here is what I want to do: Build a temple in honor of God, my God, following the promise that God gave to David my father, namely, ‘Your son whom I will provide to succeed you as king, he will build a house in my honor.’ And here is how you can help: Give orders for cedars to be cut from the Lebanon forest; my loggers will work alongside yours and I’ll pay your men whatever wage you set. We both know that there is no one like you Sidonians for cutting timber.”
When Hiram got Solomon’s message, he was delighted, exclaiming, “Blessed be God for giving David such a wise son to rule this flourishing people!” (! Kings 5:2-7 MSG)