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five cubits high; and they rested on the house with timber of cedar.
11. And the word of the Lord came to Solomon, saying,
12. Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father :
13. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel.
14. So Solomon built the house, and finished it.
15. And he built the walls of the house within with boards of cedar, both the floor of the house, and the walls of the cieling : and he covered them on the inside with wood, and covered the floor of the house with planks of fir.
16. And he built twenty cubits on the sides of the house, both the floor and the walls with boards of cedar : he even built them for it within, even for the oracle, even for the most holy place.
17. And the house, that is, the temple before it, was forty cubits long..
18. And the cedar of the house within was carved with knops and open flowers : all was cedar; there was no stone seen.
19. And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to set there the ark of the covenant of the Lord.
20. And the oracle in the forepart was twenty cubits in length, and twenty cubits in breadth, and twenty cubits in the height thereof: and he overlaid it with pure gold; and so covered the altar which was of cedar.
21. So Solomon overlaid the house within with pure gold: and he made a partition by the chains of gold before the oracle; and he overlaid it with gold.
22. And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the house : also the whole altar that was by the oracle he overlaid with gold.
23. And within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive tree, each ten cubits high.
24. And five cubits was the one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the other wing of the cherub: from the uttermost part of the one wing unto the uttermost part of the other were ten cubits.
25. And the other cherub was ten cubits: both the cherubims were of one measure and one size.
26. The height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and 80 was it of the other cherub.
27. And he set the cherubims within the inner house : and they stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of the one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; and their wings touched one another in the midst of the house.
28. And he overlaid the cherubims with gold. 29. And he carved all the walls of the house round
about with carved figures of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, within and without.
30. And the floor of the house he overlaid with gold, within and without.
31. And for the entering of the oracle he made doors of olive tree: the lintel and side posts were a fifth part of the wall.
32. The two doors also were of olive tree; and he carved upon them carvings of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid them with gold, and spread gold upon the cherubims, and upon the palm trees.
33. So also made he for the door of the temple posts of olive tree, a fourth part of the wall.
34. And the two doors were of fir tree: the two leaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding.
35. And he carved thereon cherubims and palm trees and open flowers: and covered them with gold fitted upon the carved work.
36. And he built the inner court with three rows of hewed stone, and a row of cedar beams.
37. In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of the Lord laid, in the month Zif:
38. And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, was the house finished throughout all the parts thereof, and according to all the fashion of it. So was he seven years in building it.”
Solomon's Temple is a symbolical representation of the Church of Christ.
Solomon is a type of Christ.
The Temple of Solomon, is the spiritual building of every believer. The foundation is Jesus. “ For other foundation can no man lay, than that is laid which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. iii. 11. See Zec. xiv. 9. “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands.” Acts, xvii. 24.
1 Kings, v. 17. “And they brought great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house.” “Behold, I lay in Zion, for a foundation, a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner-stone, a sure foundation.” Isa. xxviii. 16. “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house.” 1 Pet. ii. 5.
1 Kings, vi. 2 and 3. The length about the age of man—threescore. The entrance to the house equal to the breadth, from time to eternity. See Gen. xiii. 17.
4. The windows narrow without and broad within : before we know the Lord, our hearts are narrow towards him ; narrow indeed without Christ, but widen as his love is increased in the heart_“Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” 2 Pet. iii. 18.
5. The Lord is himself the wall of Salvation round about his people, “as the mountains are round about Jerusalem.” Ps. cxxv. 2.
6. These chambers increased in number as they built upward ; so does a believer increase in wisdom by “the knowledge of the Holy.” “ Through wisdom is an house builded, and by understanding it is established.” Pro. xxiv. 3. We must begin at the nethermost_faith and humility : follow on to the middle-knowledge and patience; before we reach the third —Godliness and Charity; which is the most excellent._" And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” Pro. xxiv. 4.-Ezek. xli. 7.
8 and 10. Jesus is the door of entrance. John, x. 7. The entrance to his own mediation at the right band of God! Winding stairs; led in a way they know not in the wilderness ; yet knowledge is increasing, going up step by step, from the foundation to the top-stone. Five cubits about the height of man; and where can man safely rest, but on the house of his God, which is Jesus Christ. Heb. iii. 6.
7. Observe, it was built of stone, made ready before it was brought thither. See Prov. viii. 22, &c. Jesus said unto his Father, “For thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” Iron figuratively resembles man, as stone does Christ: its coarseness and roughness unfitting it to be united to the costly stone, so that neither hammer, or axe, or any tool of iron, was heard in the building. To descend from the figure; the voice of man in the great work of salvation must be mute. The Lord says, “My glory will I not give to another."