Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 6:1-7:22 / Acts 13:13-41 / Psalm 75:1-10
The Temple Solomon made for God was a magnificent structure. Solomon spared no expense and lavishly prepared a place to house the presence of God. The best of craftsmen were chosen, the purest of gold was used and the wisest of experts were consulted. This project was so designed that “no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool was heard at the temple sight while it was being built.” (1 Kings 6:7)
It took seven years to build and it says that the inside of the temple was covered with pure gold. (vs.21) The inner sanctuary, the Holy Place, the altar, the cherubims, the walls and floors were covered with pure gold! Why? Because God’s temple was a holy place that required man’s very best.
What a message for us today…not necessarily about our “churches” but about His “habitation”. God was known to dwell behind the Temple’s veil, in the Holy of Holies. Like the Temple, our churches are set apart for God’s purpose and great respect as well as care need to be given to them yet God does not dwell in a building but within His children. Paul’s rhetorical question establishes the location of His dwelling presence today, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16)
As God’s temple, we have a foundation secured by the work of Christ, a building not made by the hands of man but by God and the indwelling of His divine Spirit! So what kind of temple should we be today? May I suggest that it be “greater” than Solomon’s temple? Instead of being overlaid with gold, let us be overlaid with His pure righteousness. May our lives reflect the brilliance of His holiness and may his presence not be veiled from the world but may it radiate from our lives and actions!