Halleluiah Christ is risen!

1 Kings 4-6

In these chapters, there is a list of Solomon’s cabinet members. Then, there is some information on his dominion, including his taxation system and then a reference to King Solomon’s Wisdom & how he wrote 3000 proverbs and 1005 songs. And, apparently, Solomon was a great naturalist, with interest in animals, birds, snakes, fish and trees; I must tell my son, Steven, he loves animals too; he is well into Steve Backshall!. In chapter 6, Solomon has the temple built which took seven years.

In honour of God, the Temple was made without making a sound with a hammer or a tool. In Exodus 20:25 & Deuteronomy 27:5, 6, it clearly states that uncut boulders need to be used. The details recorded in 1 Kings 6 are not there to show us how to build a church, but to show us the importance of demonstrating care, concern, honour and respect for God and his Sanctuary.

In building the Temple, it is good to see how Solomon took care of families. He had more men than needed to do the work and made sure that they were not away from home for long periods by scheduling the men to work for one month, then go home for two. The strength of a nation is heavily related to the strength of families. Solomon wisely recognised that the family should always take top priority. (1 Kings 5:13, 14)

The Temple was a symbol of religious authority, a symbol of God’s holiness, a symbol of God’s covenant with Israel and a symbol of forgiveness. The Temple was also a place of prayer and it prepared the people for the Messiah; for Jesus Christ. Christ said he came to fulfil the law, not to destroy it and in Hebrews 8:1, 2 and 9:11, 12, the Temple customs are used to explain what Jesus did when he died on the cross.

In Matthew 27:51 (& in Luke 23:45), the curtain in the Temple split in two when Jesus died:

‘And look! The curtain secluding the Holiest Place in the Temple was split apart from top to bottom’

The Temple had three main parts – the courts, the Holy Place, where only the priests could enter, and the Holy of Holies, where only the High Priest could enter and then only once a year, to atone for the sins of the nation. (Leviticus 16:1-35) The curtain separating the Holy Place and the holiest place, the Holy of Holies, was split in two when Jesus died to symbolise that the barrier between God and people had been removed. Jesus has made the final sacrifice, by sacrificing himself once and for all and we are now free to approach God ourselves.

I am so glad this Easter I have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, my Saviour and Lord.

Halleluiah Christ is risen!

Jo

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