Vs. 5, “I intend, therefore, to build a temple for the Name of the LORD my God, as the LORD told my father David, when he said, ‘Your son whom I will put on the throne in your place will build the temple for my Name.” This was Solomon’s response to Hiram king of Tyre concerning his plan to build a temple for the LORD (vs. 1-6). Hiram had already established a good relationship with King David (II Samuel 5:11-12). Both Israel and Tyre would benefit from their treaty and the supplies that would be exchanged (vs. 7-12). Israel would receive the finest cedar (trees that grew as high as 100 feet) and in exchange offer 130,000 bushels of wheat and 120 gallons of pure olive oil. It was a great system, for Israel would help provide the manpower needed throughout the time of building (vs. 13-18). It was a gargantuan project and I hope one day we will get to see what it had once looked like; although the new heavens and earth will be amazing!
Regarding application…Building God’s Temple. One of things that cannot be ignored is the vast number of people needed to build. People with different talents and gifts were all needed to provide and construct such a grand temple. This building project is a wonderful metaphor for the church today. We are continuing to build God’s temple. Solomon could not even think about doing this on his own. Not only did they all work together, but they used the finest resources! The Apostle Paul reminds us to build on gold, silver and precious stones rather than wood, hay and stubble (I Corinthians 3:9-23). We are to give God our very best effort in helping build his church!