1 Kings 7:13-8:11

Today’s portion describes:
(a) the making of the brass (or bronze) furnishings and implements for the temple court, 7:13-47;
(b) the golden furniture and utensils for the house itself, 7:48-50. Many of the details are difficult to grasp, but it is possible to distinguish the two great pillars, with their ornamental capitals, the great basin resting on twelve oxen, and the ten carriage with wheels, richy ornament, and carrying lavers; and also within the house the house the golden altar of incense, the table of the bread of t he Presence (‘shewbread’ AV), and ten candlesticks or lamp-stands.
There was also a bronze alter in the temple court, which is mentioned later (see 8:64).

  1. What can we learn concerning our own service for Christ from the spirit and aim that animated Solomon (cf. 2 Cor. 9:7; Rom. 12:11), and form the fact that he pursued the task through seven years until it was finished (Cf. Acts 14:26; 20:24; 2 Tim. 4:7; Luke 14:28, 29)?
  2. Finally, when all was prepared, the ark was brought in to the place reserved for it under the wings of the cherubim in the most holy place. Is the Lord Christ thus enthrones in you, his temple? Cf. Eph. 3:16, 17. In what ways is his indwelling manifested in your life?