1 King 5 {Preparation for building the temple}

This week I have been working and studying on 1 King 5.  I would love for you to share your thoughts on this chapter. I pray and hope that Life University can assist our teachers and students to grow in their walk with the Lord. Here are several questions for you to ponder on and don’t forget to leave your comments.

1. What is the main objective of the text?
2. What is the Biblical Interpretation of the text?
3. What application can you draw from the text?
4. How can you draw the Gospel to the text?

1King 5 – [5 :1]  Now Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon when he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father, for Hiram always loved David. [2 ] And Solomon sent word to Hiram, [3 ] “You know that David my father could not build a house for the name of the Lord his God because of the warfare with which his enemies surrounded him, until the Lord put them under the soles of his feet. [4 ] But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side. There is neither adversary nor misfortune. [5 ] And so I intend to build a house for the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord said to David my father, ‘Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, shall build the house for my name.’ [6 ] Now therefore command that cedars of Lebanon be cut for me. And my servants will join your servants, and I will pay you for your servants such wages as you set, for you know that there is no one among us who knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians.”

[7 ] As soon as Hiram heard the words of Solomon, he rejoiced greatly and said, “Blessed be the Lord this day, who has given to David a wise son to be over this great people.” [8 ] And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, “I have heard the message that you have sent to me. I am ready to do all you desire in the matter of cedar and cypress timber. [9 ] My servants shall bring it down to the sea from Lebanon, and I will make it into rafts to go by sea to the place you direct. And I will have them broken up there, and you shall receive it. And you shall meet my wishes by providing food for my household.” [10 ] So Hiram supplied Solomon with all the timber of cedar and cypress that he desired, [11 ] while Solomon gave Hiram 20,000 cors of wheat as food for his household, and 20,000 cors of beaten oil. Solomon gave this to Hiram year by year. [12 ] And the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him. And there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty.
 
[13 ] King Solomon drafted forced labor out of all Israel, and the draft numbered 30,000 men. [14 ] And he sent them to Lebanon, 10,000 a month in shifts. They would be a month in Lebanon and two months at home. Adoniram was in charge of the draft. [15 ] Solomon also had 70,000 burden-bearers and 80,000 stonecutters in the hill country, [16 ] besides Solomon’s 3,300 chief officers who were over the work, who had charge of the people who carried on the work. [17 ] At the king’s command they quarried out great, costly stones in order to lay the foundation of the house with dressed stones. [18 ] So Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders and the men of Gebal did the cutting and prepared the timber and the stone to build the house. (1 Kings 5 ESV)

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2 Responses to 1 King 5 {Preparation for building the temple}

  1. Brian says:

    Acts 49
    Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest?50 Did not my hand make all these things? ….I think the perfection and crafttiness of the temple is just a fraction of what our heavenly home is going to be like

  2. John Fong says:

    Seeing the Gospel in this text is awesome. Here are some of the points I gathered for this chapter

    1. God fullfilling the promise to David (2 Samuel 7:12)
    2. Solomon prefigures the king to come, Jesus Christ (Isa 9:6-7)
    3. The temple prefiguring the everlasting temple – the resurrected body of Christ and our body as the temple of God.
    4. King Hiram prefiguring the salvation of Gentiles into God’s kingdom.

    CH Spurgeon wrote a sermon on this text (1King 5: 17-18): Here are Spurgeon’s 3 points on the “Costly Stones”.

    i. This speaks to the way we should work for God. We don’t work for appearance only, but also to excel in the deep and hidden things. “I want, dear friends, to urge that all our work for God should be done thoroughly, and especially that part of it which lies lowest, and is least observed of men.” (Spurgeon)

    ii. This speaks to the way God works in us. He works in the deep and hidden things when others are concerned with mere appearances. “We have been the subjects of a great deal of secret, unseen, underground work. The LORD has spent upon us a world of care. My brother, you would not like to unveil those great searchings of heart of which you have been the subject. You have been honored in public; and, if so, you have had many a whipping behind the door lest you should glory in your flesh . . . All those chastenings, humblings, and searchings of heart have been a private laying of foundations for higher things.” (Spurgeon)

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