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your soul; and that is better. But do
But do you
well as all those prophets, witness. Let our act upon these resolutions ? That is the attention be fixed on the same spots, and on essential point; which is the best of all. And the same Redeemer. Let us often think of if God have given you that desire, and Moriah, Gethsemane, and Calvary. Let us wrought that determination, he will also give often view the Son of God offering himself a you grace to follow it up for the attainment sacrifice to God for our sins. Let us there of the blessing. He that worketh in you to see the plague stayed, the sword of justice will, will also work in you to do of his own sheathed in its scabbard, and the way of good pleasure. (Philip. ii. 12, 13.)
pardon, life, and peace, opened to our perishSecondly, the spot where the temple was
ing souls. built; which is expressly named. He began to build the temple of the Lord at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the Lord appeared
CHAPTER IV. unto David his father (v. 1).
1 The altar of brass. 2 The mollen sea upon tuelve oxen.
6 The ten lavers, candlesticks, and tables. The courts, interesting events are connected with that
and the instruments of brass. 19 The instruments of gold. sacred spot, where the temple stood! There, OREOVER he made an altar of brass, on mount Moriah, Abraham offered Isaac in twenty cubits the length thereof, and sacrifice to God; there, the angel of the twenty cubits the breadth thereof, and ten Lord appeared to David, when the sword
cubits the height thereof.
2 | Also he made a molten sea of ten of the destroying messenger was sheathed,
cubits 'from brim to brim, round in compass, and the plague was stayed; there, also,
and five cubits the height thereof; and a line or very near that spot, in subsequent time,
of thirty cubits did compass it round about. the Lord Jesus was crucified, and the great 3 And under it was the similitude of oxen, work of redemption and salvation was which did compass it round about: ten in a accomplished. In all these things what a cubit, compassing the sea round about. Two wonderful succession of type and antitype,
rows of oxen were cast, when it was cast. or, of figures and realities, do we here be
4 It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking hold! That the offering of Isaac was a type
toward the north, and three looking toward
the west, and three looking toward the south, of the death of Christ, there can be no doubt.
and three looking toward the east: and the That the staying of the plague by the Lord's sea was set above upon them, and all their merciful suspension of the sword, in answer hinder parts were inward. to David's prayer, was also a type of Christ's 5 And the thickness of it was an handarresting the sword of divine justice, and
breadth, and the brim of it like the work of turning away the wrath of God from us, ap
the brim of a cup, 'with flowers of lilies; and
it received and held three thousand baths. pears equally certain. That the sacrifices
6 | He made also ten lavers, and put five first offered there by David, and subsequently
on the right hand, and five on the left, to offered by Solomon, and which continued to be
wash in them: 'such things as they offered offered by others so long as the temple stood for the burnt offering they washed in them; after it was built, till the time came when the but the sea was for the priests to wash in. grand offering of the Son of God was made
7 And he made ten candlesticks of gold on the cross, were also types and shadows according to their form, and set them in the of the blessed Redeemer, is beyond all con
temple, five on the right hand, and five on
the left. tradiction. And thus you see, all through a 8 He made also ten tables, and placed long succession of ages, and by a vast variety them in the temple, five on the right side, of circumstances and events, the nature of and five on the left. And he made an hunthe work which Christ had to perform, and
dred 'basons of gold. even the very spot where that Redeemer 9 | Furthermore he made the court of the was to die, had all along been marked out
priests, and the great court, and doors for the
court, and overlaid the doors of them with by the Spirit of God; and doubtless for this
brass. purpose, to fix universal attention and regard bra
10 And he set the sea on the right side upon him. To him gave all those places, all of the east end, over against the south. those persons, and all those sacrifices, as 11 And Huram made the pots, and the sho
vels, and the basons. And Huram finished on with this work; and brought the whole the work that he was to make for king Solo- to its final conclusion. Toward the end of mon for the house of God;
this chapter it is said, “Thus Solomon made 12 To wit, the two pillars, and the pom- all the vessels that were for the house of mels, and the chapiters which were on the top of the two pillars, and the two wreaths
God” (v. 18, 19); and in the subsequent to cover the two pommels of the chapiters chapter (v. 1), we are told, that “all the which were on the top of the pillars ;
work for the house of the Lord was finished;" 13 And four hundred pomegranates on the and in the whole of this grand undertaking two wreaths; two rows of pomegranates on every item is mentioned. Are not all these each wreath, to cover the two pommels of the things written for our learning? Are not all chapiters which were ' upon the pillars.
these things as able in their nature, and ac14 He made also bases, and slavers made he upon the bases;
cording to their design, to make us wise unto 15 One sea, and twelve oxen under it.
salvation as any other truths or things re16 The pots also, and the shovels, and the vealed in the Word of God? Undoubtedly fleshhooks, and all their instruments, did they are. Let us see, then, what may be Huram his father make to king Solomon for some of the truths which we may learn from the house of the Lord of 'bright brass.
the particulars thus narrated. 17 In the plain of Jordan did the king
First, the work was all appointed. There cast them, in the 1clay ground between Suc
was no more any
will-work on the coth and Zeredathah.
part 18 Thus Solomon made all these vessels Solomon, in building this temple for the glory in great abundance: for the weight of the of God, than there must be any will-worship brass could not be found out.
on our part, in the service of God through the 19 | And Solomon made all the vessels faith of Jesus Christ. In all the work he perthat were for the house of God, the golden formed, he was instructed for the building of altar also, and the tables whereon the shew
the house of God. He devised nothing. bread was set ; 20 Moreover the candlesticks with their
God gave him the frame, form, dimensions, lamps, that they should burn after the manner
parts, and all. So with regard to our salvabefore the oracle, of pure gold;
tion. There is nothing for us to devise. 21 And the flowers, and the lamps, and It is already all ordered; all arranged and the tongs, made he of gold, and that "perfect settled in the plan of redemption, and regold;
vealed in the word of salvation. According 22 And the snuffers, and the basons, and
to that plan, and the directions of that word, the spoons, and the censers, of pure gold : and the entry of the house, the inner doors
we are to act in every thing concerning our thereof for the most holy place, and the doors present and eternal salvation.
Hence, the of the house of the temple, were of gold. grand direction is, To the law, and to the (1) Heb. from his brim to his (6) Heb. finished to make. testimony. Search the scriptures. (2) Or, like a lilyflower.
continue in my word you shall be my dis(9) Heb. made bright, or, scoured. ing
(10) Heb.thicknesses of the ground. ciples indeed. Hear and your soul shall live. (6) Or, bowls,
(11) Heb. perfections of gold. (5) Or, bowls. (12) Or, bowls.
(Is. viii. 20; John v. 39; viii. 31; Is. lv. 3.)
Secondly, according to that divine plan Two things were especially noted in our the whole of this undertaking was begun, remarks upon the last chapter. The actual carried on, and finished: so that all through commencement of the building of the temple, the whole it was altogether the temple of the and the spot where the temple was built. Lord: not only a temple built for the Lord, Solomon began to build in mount Moriah, but by the authority and under the direction where the Lord appeared unto David his
of the Lord. Solomon and those whom he father (v. 1).
Some allusion was binted employed were only the instruments; but to the progress he made in the building, from first to last the work was the Lord's. and the pattern he followed in what was He planned it. He prepared the materials done. Here we are told of the continuance for it. He provided the agents to do it. of the undertaking, and the completion of He gave Solomon the wisdom, skill, power, the whole. He not only began, but he went perseverance, to go on with it, till the whole
(7) Heb. upon the face.
(3) Heb. the work of burnt offer
was done. Now, is it not just so in refer- 4 And all the elders of Israel came; and ence to the soul? Was not the whole work the Levites took up the ark. of redemption planned, ordered, arranged,
5 And they brought up the ark, and the prepared, and provided by the God of salva
tabernacle of the congregation, and all the
holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, these tion, before any revelation was made known,
did the priests and the Levites bring up. or any part of it accomplished? Is not the
6 Also king Solomon, and all the congrewhole work of grace in the heart, in forming gation of Israel that were assembled unto believers to be an habitation of God through him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, the Spirit, ordered and effected exactly in
which could not be told nor numbered for the same way? Are not the time when, and
multitude. the means by which, this blessed work is to
7 And the priests brought in the ark of the
covenant of the LORD unto his place, to the be effected, equally determined by the same
oracle of the house, into the most holy place, divine hand ? Does not that work of con
even under the wings of the cherubims: version and salvation, when thus begun, go 8 For the cherubims spread forth their wings on till it is brought to its happy termination? over the place of the ark, and the cherubims Do not the same hands that lay the founda
covered the ark and the staves thereof above. tion of this gracious work, bring forth the
9 And they drew out the staves of the ark,
that the ends of the staves were seen from topstone in its completion ? Are we not
the ark before the oracle ; but they were not taught by the word of grace to be “confident
seen without. And 'there it is unto this day. of this very thing, that he which hath begun
10 There was nothing in the ark save the a good work in you will perform it until the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, day of Jesus Christ?” (Phil. i. 6.) Such is 2 when the LORD made a covenant with the the doctrine of Christ. Such is the truth of children of Israel, when they came out of God. May such be your happy belief, and Egypt.
11 And it came to pass, when the priests your joyful experience, to the praise of the glory of his grace! Then, being“ built upon priests that were present were sanctified,
were come out of the holy place: (for all the the foundation of the apostles and prophets, and did not then wait by course : Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner 12 Also the Levites which were the singers, stone; in whom all the building fitly framed all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, together groweth unto an holy temple in the
with their sons and their brethren, being Lord: in whom ye also are builded together arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of
the altar, and with them an hundred and (Eph. ii. 20—22.)
twenty priests sounding with trumpets :)
13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters
and singers were as one, to make one sound CHAPTER V.
to be heard in praising and thanking the 1 The dedicated treasures. 2 The solemn induction of the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice
ark into the oracle. 11 God being praised giveth a risible sign of his favour.
with the trumpets and cymbals and instruTHUS all the work that Solomon made
ments of musick, and praised the LORD, say
ing, For he is good; for his mercy endureth and Solomon brought in all the things that
for ever: that then the house was filled with David his father had dedicated ; and the
cloud, even the house of the LORD; silver, and the gold, and all the instruments,
14 So that the priests could not stand to put he among the treasures of the house of
minister by reason of the cloud : for the glory God.
of the Lord had filled the house of God. 2 T Then Solomon assembled the elders (1) Or, they are there, as 1 Kings viii. 8. (2) Or, where.
(3) Heb. found. of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel,
We have seen in the foregoing chapters, the unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David,
commencement and the finishing of the which is Zion.
building of the temple. We are here to 3 Wherefore all the men of Israel assem
observe what was next done
the combled themselves unto the king in the feast pletion of that work. Two words in the which was in the seventh month.
opening of this chapter (v. 1, 2), will direct
our mind on this point. “Thus all the work thenceforth the instituted service of God that Solomon made for the house of the Lord might proceed in its appointed order. This was finished ;” and “Then Solomon assem- they did, as stands recorded in the chapter bled the elders of Israel."
And when they all stood in their It is profitable often to take some review of places, ready for their service and praising our ways and works in the service of God. We the Lord, the glory of the Lord filled the have the example of God himself for doing so. house; so that the priests could not stand to On the work of creation being finished, it is minister because of the cloud; for the glory of said, “And God saw every thing that he had the Lord filled the house (v. 13, 14). Now, made, and, behold, it was very good.” (Gen. what does this circumstance teach us? May you i.31.) In the case before us, the expression, not learn that what is done under the divine “ Thus all the work that Solomon made for direction, will certainly meet with the divine the house of the Lord was finished,” seems blessing? May you not also learn, that it is to indicate that some sort of survey of the in the discharge of duty, in the use of means, work must have taken place, according to the in being prepared for every good word and pattern, to see if any part were wanting, or if work, we may expect to realise the gracious the whole were complete. Moses acted in presence and the saving blessing of God? the same manner when the tabernacle was Is there a blessing promised to the hearing finished. We, too, may profitably act in the of the word and searching the scriptures ?
How can you be brought to say, Hear that word. Search those scriptures. “What hath God wrought?" unless you care- Is there a blessing promised to the use of fully examine what hath God done? The prayer? Be found in the use of that remark will extend to what the Lord may privilege. Call upon the Lord; and you have been pleased to do for you and others shall be saved. Hath the Lord said, Where in the highest concerns of your souls. two or three are gathered together in my trace the work of God in the earth, you must name, there am I in the midst of them? follow the spread of the gospel from age Would you realise that blessing? Then to age,
and from shore to shore. To make never forsake the assembling of yourselves the same discovery in regard to the state of together as the manner of some is. Thus, the church and the life of the soul, you must whatever may be the nature of the divine compare past times with the present; and precept, promise, or privilege, be found in the happy state of your own soul now, con- the use of it. Stand in your places before trasted with what it once was.
the Lord, as they did on this occasion; and every devoted believer in Jesus may find the glory of the Lord will rest upon you. abundant cause thankfully to acknowledge, His blessing will fill your soul. And when " Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” Thus you are thus engaged and thus blessed, such and thus hath the Lord done. Such and times of refreshing may “come from the such blessings hath the Lord bestowed on presence of the Lord” (Acts iii. 19); and us and others. Such and such deliverances you may be so enabled to “comprehend with hath he wrought on our behalf. So evidently all saints what is the breadth, and length, hath he been on our side. So graciously hath and depth, and height; and to know the love he caused his goodness to pass before us, and of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye made us the monuments of his mercy and love. might be filled with all the fulness of God.” In this manner your heart may often be brought (Eph. iii. 18, 19.) to cherish the happy feeling of thankfulness to the Lord for the past, and of confidence in him with unshaken reliance for the future.
CHAPTER VI. All things having been thus accomplished, 1 Solomon, having blessed the people, blesseth God. 12 SoSolomon assembled the people together for
lomon's prayer in the consecration of the temple, upon the
brasen scaffold. the purpose of arranging the various parts
THEN said Solomon, The LORD hath of the sacred furniture belonging to the said that he would dwell in the thick building in their proper place; so that from
In this way
2 But I have built an house of habitation keep with thy servant David my father that for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever. which thou hast promised him, saying, "There
3 And the king turned his face, and blessed shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit the whole congregation of Israel: and all the upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy congregation of Israel stood.
children take heed to their way to walk in my 4 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God | law, as thou hast walked before me. of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled 17 Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let that which he spake with his mouth to my thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken father David, saying,
unto thy servant David. 5 Since the day that I brought forth my 18 But will God in very deed dwell with people out of the land of Egypt I chose no men on the earth? behold, heaven and the city among all the tribes of Israel to build heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how an house in, that my name might be there; much less this house which I have built! neither chose I any man to be a ruler over 19 Have respect therefore to the prayer my people Israel:
of thy servant, and to his supplication, o 6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry and name might be there; and have chosen David
the prayer which thy servant prayeth before to be over my people Israel.
thee: 7 Now it was in the heart of David my
20 That thine eyes may be open upon this father to build an house for the name of the house day and night, upon the place whereof LORD God of Israel.
thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy 8 But the LORD said to David my father, name there; to hearken unto the prayer which Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build thy servant prayeth toward this place. an house for my name, thou didst well in that 21 Hearken therefore unto the supplicait was in thine heart:
tions of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, 9 Notwithstanding thou shalt not build which they shall *make toward this place : the house; but thy son which shall come hear thou from thy dwelling place, eren from forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive. for my name.
22 9 If a man sin against his neighbour, 10 The Lord therefore hath performed his ‘and an oath be laid upon him to make him word that he hath spoken: for I am risen up swear, and the oath come before thine altar in the room of David my father, and am set in this house; on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, 23 Then hear thou from heaven, and do, and have built the house for the name of the and judge thy servants, by requiting the LORD God of Israel.
wicked, by recompensing his way upon his 11 And in it have I put the ark, wherein is own head; and by justifying the righteous, the covenant of the LORD, that he made with by giving him according to his righteousness. the children of Israel.
24 | And if thy people Israel 'be put to 12 | And he stood before the altar of the the worse before the enemy, because they LORD in the presence of all the congregation
of all the congregation have sinned against thee; and shall return of Israel, and spread forth his hands : and confess thy name, and pray and make
13 For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold, supplication before thee 'in this house; of five cubits 'long, and five cubits broad, 25 Then hear thou from the heavens, and three cubits high, and had set it in the and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and bring them again unto the land which thou kneeled down upon his knees before all the gavest to them and to their fathers. congregation of Israel, and spread forth his 26 | When the heaven is shut up, and hands toward heaven,
there is no rain, because they have sinned 14 And said, O LORD God of Israel, there against thee; yet if they pray toward this is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the place, and confess thy name, and turn from earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest their sin, when thou dost afflict them; mercy unto thy servants, that walk before 27 Then hear thou from heaven, and forthee with all their hearts:
give the sin of thy servants, and of thy people 15 Thou which hast kept with thy servant Israel, when thou hast taught them the good David my father that which thou hast pro- way, wherein they should walk; and send mised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and rain upon thy land, which thou hast given hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this unto thy people for an inheritance. day.
28 If there be dearth in the land, if there 16 Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, be pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew,