Verse 1 – Although it took Solomon longer to build his house than it did to build the temple, it was not a comment on his priorities. His palace project took longer because it included barracks and housing for his harem.
Verse 7 – The Hall of the Throne was another columned entrance. The contextual association with the House of the Forest of Lebanon hints that this hall might have been the public entrance of the larger building, a place for the throne where people sought judgment.
Verse 14 – Huram was an expert craftsman. Solomon chose only the best.
Verse 23 – The “Sea” was an enormous tank. Designed and used for the priest ceremonial washings. It was placed in the temple court near the altar of burnt offering.
Verses 27-39 – The 10 “moveable stands” held basins of water. The basins were movable so they could be used where needed.
Verse 47 – Since bronze was a valuable commodity, it is an indication of Solomon’s wealth that he did not have to keep track of the amount of bronze used.
Verse 3 – The portico was like a large porch.
Verse 4 – Clerestory windows were windows near the tops of the walls to help light the center of the temple.
Verse 7 – In honor of God, the temple in Jerusalem was built without the sound of a hammer or any tool. This meant the stone had to be “dressed” (cut and shaped) miles away at the quarry. This shows us the importance of demonstrating care, concern, honor, and respect for God and His sanctuary.
Verse 13 – This verse summarizes the temples main purpose. God promised that His eternal presence would never leave the temple as long as the Israelites obeyed God’s law. As you read the history of the kings, you will see that lawbreaking was the result, not the cause, of estrangement from God. The kings abandoned God in their hearts first and then failed to keep His laws.
Verse 14 – The concept of Solomon’s temple was more like a palace for God than a place of worship. As a dwelling place for God, it was fitting for it to be beautiful. It had small dimensions inside because most worshipers gathered outside.
Verse 1 – David had traded with Tyre when collecting materials for the temple. Solomon also benefited from good relations with Hiram King of Tyre. When David had offered to build a temple, God said no through the prophet Nathan (2 Samuel 7:1-17).
Verse 6 – The Israelites, as well as the Egyptians and Assyrians, used both the cedar and cypress lumber of Lebanon for their buildings.
Verses 8-11 – Solomon bartered food for lumber and other products. Hiram’s men would cut the lumber, bring it to the sea, and lash it into rafts. Then the rafts were floated south and beached, probably at Joppa. From there they were taken to Jerusalem by the road that passed near Gezer. (The book of 2 Chronicles adds an equal supply of barley to this amount-2 Chronicles 2:10.
Verses 13, 14 – Solomon wisely recognized that family should always take top priority. By Solomon drafting three times the number of workers needed for the temple project and then arranging their schedules, they didn’t have to be away from home for long periods of time.
Verse 18 – Gebal, also called Byblos, was located north of what is now Beirut, near the cedar forest. These men were Phoenicians, probably skilled as shipbuilders, but employed for this project.
Throughout most of Solomon’s reign, he applied his wisdom well because he sought God. The fruits of his wisdom were peace, security, and prosperity for the nation. Solomon’s Kingdom spread from the Euphrates River in the north to the borders of Egypt. The entire land was at peace under his rule.
Wisdom—Wisdom is only effective when it is put into action. Early in his life, Solomon had the good sense to recognize his need for God’s wisdom. However, by the time Solomon began to rule, he started a habit that would make his wisdom ineffective—by marrying Pharaoh’s daughter. She was the first of hundreds of wives. Solomon went against not only his father’s last words, but also God’s direct commands.
While becoming famous as the builder of the temple and the palace, he became famous as a leader who excessively taxed and worked his people. Visitors from distant lands came to admire this wise king, while his own people were gradually alienated from him.
Effective leadership can be nullified by an ineffective personal life.
Solomon failed to obey God, but did not learn the lesson of repentance until later in life.
Knowing what actions are required of us means little without actually doing them.
Verse 1 – It’s easy to minimize religious differences in marrying or in friendships. God gives standards to follow for all our relationships. Although Solomon’s marital alliance built friendships with surrounding nations, they were also the beginning of his downfall. Solomon’s foreign wives brought their gods to Jerusalem and eventually lured him into idolatry.
Verses 2, 3 – These sacrifices that took place in the high places, were taken out from the watchful care of the priest. God’s laws said that the Israelites could only make sacrifices in specific places (Deuteronomy 12:13, 14). God appeared and spoke to Solomon during prayer, at night, not during his sacrifice.
Verses 6-9 – When asked what Solomon wanted, he asked for, “a discerning heart,” – wisdom. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Verse 12 – Solomon received “a wise and discerning heart” from God, but it was up to Solomon to apply that wisdom to all areas of his life. While Solomon remained wise all his life, he did not always act upon his wisdom (11:6)).
Verses 13-18 – This wise ruling was verification that God had answered Solomon’s prayer and given him a discerning heart. All we have to do is ask.