Be Strong and Do It Pt. 2
The Temple of Solomon was once one of the Seven Wonders of the World when it stood in Jerusalem before its destruction. It took seven years to construct and approximate 2 billion dollars to complete. Its magnificence was unapparelled, meeting the expectation of its architect King David. David allocated for the Temple's resources and prepared the plans given to his son, Solomon, to complete the task after his death.
Throughout Israel's political and spiritual history, the Temple was a vocal point reaching beyond the Old Testament texts of Judaism to Revelations' prophetic book. The Jewish affinity for the Temple did not escape the ministry of Jesus. Jesus used the Temple as a point of reference to teach his agitators about his death and resurrection.
David's desire to erect the Temple for Jehovah was rooted in his passion for expressing God's glory among the nations. Culturally, a deity's prominence was decided by two elements. The first, a nation's victories in warfare, "My god beat up your god," and secondly, the size of the structures a god was worshipped. The Lord knew the heart of David and spoke to him through the prophet Nathan who told David that he could not build a house and that He (i.e., Jehovah) never once asked for a permanent structure since Israel's exodus from Egypt (2Sam. 7; 1Cron 17). The Lord provided for his people without a permanent structure or man's efforts to express his sovereignty and glory. He is the Creator whose glory is shown throughout the universe. The galaxies, stars, canyons, oceans, etc. all reveal his wonder.
However, there was a temporary structure during the Exodus that the Lord commanded Moses to construct. This structure was known as the Tent of Meeting (aka. Tabernacle of Moses). God did not leave his dwelling place that reflected His nature, identity, and the plan of salvation up to man's interpretation. He did not leave it up for the theologians, scholars, and, or governments to decide His intent. The Lord was specific about how it should be done (Ex. 25-31, 35-40). The Tabernacle, which is a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ and salvation (John 1:14), consisted of furniture that revealed the plan of salvation from beginning to end. There was one entrance that was draped with the colors blue, purple, red, and white. Each of the four colors, represented one of the four Gospels that were written explicitly describing the nature of Jesus. The brazen altar, brazen lavar, altar of incense, table of shewbread, the golden candlesticks, the ark of the covenant, the roof, walls, and nails are all symbolic of salvation in Christ Jesus.
The pattern the Lord undertakes is consistent throughout time. He is repetitious in His dealings with man, hoping that we would catch on to the pattern and walk in its revelation. David was not ignorant to the pattern. In his plans, the inner sanctum of the Temple followed the same pattern that Tabernacle once had. However, it was the amenities that made the Temple different. Whereas, the Tabernacle represent Jesus the Temple represents us.
David’s desire to build the Temple was compromised with the flesh as expressed in the extra amenities, vessels, and treasures. Similar to our bodies which are the temple of the Holy Ghost there are times we are compromised with fleshy desires, wrong thoughts, doubts, and out-of-character behaviors. Nonetheless, as the Spirit of God filled the Temple of Solomon, the Lord fills us with His Spirit. He knows that there are moments we are ignorant and vulnerable in this corruptible body that is at odds with the Spirit. Sometimes we are victorious while other times we fail, yet He still loves us and seeks to dwell with us. There is so much more revelation in the Tabernacle and the Temple that much is left out to keep this writing short. I urge you to continue to study and seek it out.