1 Kings 5-6, 2 Chron 2-3

Quick recap: David wanted to build a permanent structure for the Lord.  God’s dwelling place was currently in Gibeon and the construction was a Tabernacle, make of wood, cloth, and animal skins so that it could travel with the Israelites.  The blueprint for construction was given to Moses directly from God.  However, God said he would choose the place where his Temple would be established.  Mount Moriah was the very place Abraham was going to sacrifice Isaac and a substitute was offered to save his life.  This spot was the Gospel from the very beginning.  David purchased this land, which is a threshing floor (a threshing floor is where farmers separated the wheat from the chaff), a perfect visual of the Gospel: separating the saved from the lost.

God told David he had blood on his hands and could not be the one to build the Temple BUT the son I (God) anointed King, will be a King of Peace,  and he will build the Temple: Solomon.  David, in the meantime, spent the rest of his days gathering resources for Temple Construction.

2 Chronicles 5:

“The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him? Who then am I to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him?”

Watch this video so that you can visualize the Temple.  But before you do here are some facts:

  • The labor force: 186,000 
    • 30,000 men workers (in 10,000 at a time rotations)
    • 70,000 laborers
    • 80,000 stone cutters
    • 3,600 foreman
  • The Temple Blueprint was the Tabernacle- enlarged
  • The size was doubled (15ft by 45ft TO 30ft by 90ft)
  • Height was tripled (15 ft to 45 ft)
    • The next temple will be larger (what do I mean next Temple?? What happens to this one?? You will have to read to find out)
  • The materials for the structure was (today’s value) were $11,000,000 (that’s million!)
  • It was 2700 sq ft (about the size of a home these days)
    • that’s $4,000 per sq foot
  • Later we will read about furnishings and such (instruments, courtyards, pillars, priest clothes) $$$ The TOTAL to build this Temple is $140,381,000,000 (that’s BILLION!)
  • Took 7 1/2 years to complete

“The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods.

OK, now you can watch video:

Click here for a short visual Video


Click here: Here is a video with an EXCELLENT description!  (Brew some coffee and watch this if you have time)

That’s all I planned on posting but if you wanted more feel free to read on.

Extra Information:

Hiram reigned from about 980-947.  His reign overlapped David’s by about nine years and Solomon’s by about 24.  Tyre was an important Mediterranean seaport in Phoenicia north of Israel. Sidon, another, more important Phoenician port city at this time, stood a few miles north of Tyre.

Tyre and Sidon (With images) | Bible mapping, Bible, Daily bible study

The fact that Hiram cooperated with and even acknowledged the Lord (v. 7) shows how God brought blessing to Gentiles as well as to the Israelites through David and Solomon. The treaty between Israel and Phoenicia resulted in peace for many years.

Proverbs 16:7 said:

When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way,
    he causes their enemies to make peace with them.

When you read Chronicles REMEMBER the purpose of it and that it was written from a Priest perspective. 😁

7 thoughts on “1 Kings 5-6, 2 Chron 2-3

  1. For me- I just just thinking about the detail complexity of the temple. I watched the videos, which of course led to more videos (like YouTube is set up for you to do). I spent so much time thinking, I ran out of time to comment😉It’s literally worth calling awesome in the sense that awe is what I feel when I think about that structure. It’s not literally about the structure, though, it’s about how the details of it show the awesomeness of who the Father is and how He loves us.


  2. There just aren’t words to describe the building of that temple. I love rocks, especially old hand hewn ones. They quarried those rocks at the quarry cut them precisely so they fit together so that no hammering or sound was heard at the building site. And then they were all covered so that none of it was seen. There was such a reverence and so much intelligence, and that’s just one tiny detail. The only word that comes to mind is awesome.

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    1. I was thinking about the scripture “the cornerstone that the builders rejected”. How perfect and flawless the cornerstone had to be for building projects such as this. Gave me a wonderful quiet time. ❤️


    1. And I didn’t finish my study until 11:45pm last night 🤣 went right to sleep after said video…the placement on Mt Moriah was so perfect in every way. I feel a special “layered” approach as we weave these Scriptures together chronologically. I love what I’m seeing for the first time and what I’m being reminded of a second and third time….


  3. Mind blowing. It’s so surreal. Even watching the video. It’s just captivating. Like how. And to think that a “building” could’ve held so much awe, reverence, power over a person. There’s no way that it didn’t. Man to have seen all of that in person. I had the privilege of seeing the pyramids this year and hearing the story of how they were built reminds me of this so much. They too used the water to bring in these huge stones from a ways away and the man power daily, the height and width and craftsmanship….no modern technology. I wish I could’ve witnessed those kind of things!!!


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