1 Kings 7:1 (NIV) 1 It took Solomon thirteen years, however, to complete the construction of his palace.
On verses 1-12: Whereas it took Solomon 7 years to complete the construction of the temple, it took him 13 years to complete the construction of his own palace. What does that tell us? One theory is that at this time in Solomon’s life, the kingdom of God was more important than his own kingdom. So when it came to deciding which should take priority — God’s temple or Solomon’s palace — Solomon chose to work first on God’s temple. The fact that the building of Solomon’s own palace is sandwiched in between two long passages about Solomon work on the temple further supports the theory that for Solomon, his first priority was the house of God. As a result, the house of God was blessed, and Solomon’s own house was blessed.
What can we learn from this? Seek God’s kingdom and the building of God’s house first, and God will add everything you need for the building of your own house (Matthew 6:33).
1 Kings 7:21 (NIV) 21 He erected the pillars at the portico of the temple. The pillar to the south he named Jakin and the one to the north Boaz.
On verses 13-22: Solomon assigns the task of building all the bronze temple furnishings to a skilled craftsman called Huram. Among the various items Huram built are two bronze pillars, which Huram names Jakim and Boaz. Jakim means “Yahweh establishes” and speaks of security. Boaz means “in Yahweh is strength”, and is also the name of Solomon’s great grandfather. Whenever the Israelites would enter the temple to worship the Lord, it was a reminder that their security and their strength were in God. Similarly, our security and strength don’t come from ourselves, our accomplishment or our backgrounds, but from God.
1 Kings 7:23-24 (NIV) 23 He made the Sea of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubits high. It took a line of thirty cubits to measure around it. 24 Below the rim, gourds encircled it–ten to a cubit. The gourds were cast in two rows in one piece with the Sea.
On verses 23-39: The bronze Sea (which was a large pool of water) and the ten stands with their basins were Solomon’s system for ensuring that the priests had easy access to water so that they could clean their hands and feet as they entered the presence of God. Today, in the church, Jesus our King and great high priest has an even more effective and efficient system for ensuring that his priests (us) are clean as we enter the presence of God. That is, through our faith in Him, Jesus gives us constant, unlimited access to His blood, which cleanses us from all our sin. Because of Jesus’ shed blood, we can enter the presence of God without shame or fear of punishment, for we have been made clean and are totally forgiven.
1 Kings 7:40 (NIV) 40 …So Huram finished all the work he had undertaken for King Solomon in the temple of the LORD:
On verses 40-51: Here both Huram (v40) and King Solomon (v51) are said to have finished the work that they had been given on the temple. Paul in the New Testament had a similar mindset. He said, “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24) Like Huram, Solomon and Paul, may we be intent on finishing the race and completing the task Jesus has given us to do on this earth.
Lord Jesus, thank You that it is Your blood that constantly cleanses me from sin. Thank You that I find my stability and strength in You. Your Word and Your Holy Spirit are the pillars of my life. Thank You for Your blood which constantly cleanses me so I can enter Your presence at all times. May I finish the race and complete the task You gave me. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!