The Temple plans
Take heed now; for the LORD hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it. Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper chambers thereof, and of the inner parlours thereof, and of the place of the mercy seat, And the pattern of all that he had by the spirit, of the courts of the house of the LORD, and of all the chambers round about, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries of the dedicated things: Also for the courses of the priests and the Levites, and for all the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and for all the vessels of service in the house of the LORD. He gave of gold by weight for things of gold, for all instruments of all manner of service; silver also for all instruments of silver by weight, for all instruments of every kind of service: Even the weight for the candlesticks of gold, and for their lamps of gold, by weight for every candlestick, and for the lamps thereof: and for the candlesticks of silver by weight, both for the candlestick, and also for the lamps thereof, according to the use of every candlestick. And by weight he gave gold for the tables of shewbread, for every table; and likewise silver for the tables of silver: Also pure gold for the fleshhooks, and the bowls, and the cups: and for the golden basons he gave gold by weight for every bason; and likewise silver by weight for every bason of silver: And for the altar of incense refined gold by weight; and gold for the pattern of the chariot of the cherubims, that spread out their wings, and covered the ark of the covenant of the LORD. All this, said David, the LORD made me understand in writing by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern. And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD. (1 Chronicles 28:10-20)
At the moment that I felt I should write about this, I had intended to use verse 12 and go with that which would be adequate and sufficient possibly, However, as I read the scripture my eyes kept going and my heart overjoyed in what the Holy Spirit once again has done in the lives of David and as well as in the lives of everyone since who has dared read, believe and marvel at His Works (The Holy Spirit). The Holy Spirit spoke to David and then David to Solomon to build the Temple and His instruction (the Holy Spirit through David) was “Be Strong and Do It”.
Carefully then we see just how delicate, specific, intricate, planned, directed, caring and loving that God, by and through His Spirit can be towards us. The Master Builder of Hearts and Lives as seen in the IOld Testament is The Spirit of God and of course in the New Testament it is yet and still the Holy Spirit but now of course and as we all know, He can reside in us fully and completely and not as before where it would be just for certain circumstance or project.
David simply gave two final words one may say and they were these:
Fear the Lord and build the temple.
In order to give over the throne before his death to his son Solomon, and so secure to him the succession, and facilitate his accomplishment of the great work of his reign, the building of the temple, David summoned the estates of his kingdom, the court officials, and the heroes of the people in Jerusalem. In a solemn address he designated Solomon as his divinely chosen successor on the throne, and exhorted him to keep the commandments of God, to serve the Lord with devoted heart, and to build Him a house for a sanctuary (1Chronicles 28:1-10). He then committed to Solomon the sketches and plans for the sacred buildings and sacred objects of various sorts, with the confident promise that he, by the help of God, and with the co-operation of the priests and of the people, would complete the work (1Chronicles 28:11-21). Finally, he announced, in the presence of the whole assembly, that he gave over his treasures of gold and silver to this building, and called upon the chiefs of the people and kingdom for a voluntary contribution for the same purpose; and on their freely answering this call, concluded with a solemn prayer of thanks, to which the whole assembly responded, bowing low before God and the king (29:1-20). This reverence they confirmed by numerous burnt-offerings and thank-offerings, and by the repeated anointing of Solomon to be king (1Chronicles 29:21, 22).
The description of Solomon's Temple suggests that the inside ceiling was 180 feet long, 90 feet wide, and 50 feet high. The highest point on the Temple that King Solomon built was actually 120 cubits tall (about 20 stories or about 207 feet). (II Chronicles 3:3, 4) Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits. And the porch that was in the front of the house, the length of it was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the height was an hundred and twenty: and he overlaid it within with pure gold. (2 Chronicles 3:3-4)
He spares no expense in the building's creation. He orders vast quantities of cedar from King Hiram of Tyre (I Kings 5:20 25), has huge blocks of the choicest stone quarried, and commands that the building's foundation be laid with hewn stone. To complete the massive project, he imposes forced labor on all his subjects, drafting people for work shifts lasting a month at a time. Some 3,300 officials are appointed to oversee the Temple's erection (5:27 30). Solomon assumes such heavy debts in building the Temple that he is forced to pay off King Hiram with twenty towns in the Galilee (I Kings 9:11).
When the Temple is completed, Solomon urges God to pay particular heed to their prayers: "Thus all the peoples of the earth will know Your name and revere You, as does Your people Israel; and they will recognize that Your name is attached to this House that I have built" (I Kings 8:43).
If we are ever so careful we too can have divine words from the Lord given to us for any and every occasion that arises and presents itself in our lives and even those around us. If we pray and ask God in the name of Jesus that the Holy Spirit be allowed to speak to us or that He be allowed to show us and guide us in our way, as our intercessor, Jesus will make sure the request is made known to God. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
Our hearts, souls, relationships, marriage, service to our Church body and the body of believers and even the unbelievers around us. If we look at building the Kingdom just as David and Solomon looked at building the Temple – If we would but look at the hearts of ourselves and promote spiritual health to those around us – Oh! What works could The Sprit of God accomplish?
Maybe this has not been said as well as one would hope but in trying to show the Holy Spirit in the Temple planning and building and as stated I have hoped to point you to how much He (the Holy Spirit) loves us and is concerned with every facet of our lives and again , if we will but give Him a chance He can build a temple in our hearts and lives and we will become better witnesses and especially if we practice at home first and them move out from there.
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