SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Solomon begins constructing the Temple for God. He builds it on Mount Moriah, a place with much history (see Genesis 22:2, 14 and 1 Chronicles 21:18 - 22:1). The construction started in the spring of 966 B.C.
- The "Most Holy Place" (3:8) was to be the place where the presence of God dwelled. It was constructed as a perfect cube (20 cubits x 20 x 20 - see also 1 Kings 6:20). Later in the Bible (Revelation 21:22) we learn that in Heaven the whole "city" (called New Jerusalem) will be shaped as a cube, and that there will be no temple because the whole city will be the "Most Holy Place" where God dwells.
- The "twelve bulls" (4:4) may have represented the twelve tribes of Israel.
- In these chapters we see people building a great and ornate Temple for them to worship God in, which is good. But the truth is that we can worship God in a simple chapel, or in the beauty of nature, or, well, anywhere. Jesus taught (see, for instance, John 4:21-24) that we can acceptably worship God anywhere, as long as we do it in His Spirit and according to truth.
- Back in this time, to worship God this Temple had to be built, people then would have had to travel to it and they would have offered animal sacrifices to atone for their sins. Because Jesus came and sacrificed Himself, we can now worship God anywhere, relying on His sacrifice rather than having to offer sacrifices. How often do you think about that? How grateful are you for it? Take some time to thank God for what Jesus did for you and for the freedom you now have in worshipping Him.