Today’s reading is: 1 Kgs. 7; 2 Chr. 3:15-4:22
1st Kings Seven
- Solomon took thirteen years to build a magnificent house for himself (1st Kgs. 7:1-12).
- His house was called “The House of the Forest of Lebanon” (v.2).
- This great “house” complex contained a Hall of Pillars (v.6), Hall of Judgment (v.7), a living house (v.8a), and a house for his wife (v.8b).
- Following the general descriptions of Solomon’s temple (1st Kgs. 6:2-36), and palace (1st Kgs. 7:1-12), description is made of the specific craftsmanship of Hiram (1st Kgs. 7:13-51).
- Hiram the King (2nd Sam. 5:11-12; 1st Chr. 14:1-2; 1st Kgs. 5:1-18).
- Hiram the Craftsman (1st Kgs. 7:13-14; 2nd Chr. 2:14). This Hiram had a Tyrian father, and a mother of Naphtali & Dan descent.
- The work of Solomon was made possible by the work of his father David (1st Kgs. 7:51; 1st Chr. 22:1-5).
2nd Chronicles Three
(Outline continues from yesterday)
- The two pillars, Jachin & Boaz, were also a feature not found in the Tabernacle (2nd Chr. 3:15-17).
2nd Chronicles Four
- Chapter 4 continues the description of the temple building project.
- The bronze altar was 20x20x10 cubits (30’ square, 15’ high) (2nd Chr. 4:1).
- The Tabernacle’s bronze altar was 5x5x3 cubits (7’6” square, 4’6” high) (Ex. 27:1).
- The Millennial temple’s bronze altar will be 31’6” square, and 19’3” high (Ezek. 43:13-17). See Logos Bible Software Infographics: Temple Size Comparisons.
- The Tabernacle’s laver is replaced by a cast metal sea, 10 cubits from brim to brim, 5 cubits high, mounted on 12 oxen (2nd Chr. 4:2-6).
- The Tabernacle’s golden candlestick and table of showbread are each multiplied by ten (2nd Chr. 4:7-8).
- The overall description of Solomon’s temple highlights the glory of the change from temporary “tabernacling” to permanent heavenly worship.