The Temple and the Glory of God

If there ever were a showcase for God’s glory, it was the temple. Today we’ll take a brief look at what the expression glory of God means. We’ll look at the construction process of the temple. Finally, we’ll learn four applications that will build encouragement.

I. UNDERSTANDING THE TERM GLORY OF GOD:

  1. Glory was referred to as “shekinah,” which means “to dwell or reside with.”
    1. 1 Timothy 6.15-16 – unapproachable light.
    2. Exodus 33.20 – No man shall see me and live.
    3. Whenever God shows up in history, it is always in relation to light.
  2. God reveals the light of His glory in a number of ways.
    1. In creation – Psalm 19.1-2, 4-6.
    2. In the tabernacle – Exodus 40.34-38.
    3. In the temple – 1 Kings 8.1-11. Priests couldn’t stand to minister.

II. THE BUILDING OF THE TEMPLE (1 Kings 7.13-51; 2 Chronicles 3-5):

  1. 7.13-14 – The work begins. Hiram came from Tyre to do the metalwork furnishings for the temple. See 7.14b.
    1. 7.15-22 – Two great pillars of brass.
    2. 7.23-26 – The molten sea and the 12 oxen.
    3. 7.27-39 – 10 lavers and 10 basins.
    4. 7.40, 45 – The pots, shovels, and basins.
    5. 7.49-50 – 10 golden candlesticks.
    6. 7.51 – David’s dedicated things placed inside.
  2. 1 Kings 8 is one of the most theologically significant texts in 1-2 Kings.
    1. 8.1-13 – The ark of the covenant is delivered to the temple.
    2. 8.14-21 – Solomon proclaims God’s greatness.
    3. 8.22-53 – Solomon offers a prayer.
    4. 8.54-61 – People exhorted to keep their covenant with Yahweh.
    5. 8.62-66 – Sacrifices are offered.

III. WHAT THE TEMPLE PROCLAIMED:

  1. Strength and stability. God’s house was now a permanent home.
  2. A holy God and a holy people.
    1. 2 Chronicles 4.20-21 : “pure gold,” 20. Flowers, lamps, tongs of purest gold.
  3. A people zealous for good works.
    1. 400 pomegranates: Emblems of People busy with God’s work.
    1. There is beauty in the worship of God. See Psalm 96.6.
    2. 2 Chronicles 3.6-7 – Adorned with settings of precious stones and gold.

CONCLUSION:

  1. Isaiah 61.1-2
  2. 61.3 – look at what He can do…
  3. Will you trust in Him?

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