Nearly 500 years after Israel left Egypt, and in Solomon’s 4th year as king, the temple began construction. The temple was 90 feet by 30 feet, and 45 feet high. The vestibule was 30 by 15. There were chambers on the outside, to house the priests and Levites. The stones for the temple were cut and finished at the quarry, so that there was no sound of the hammer at the site. He paneled the temple with beams and boards of cedar. The Lord promised Solomon that if he kept the statutes of God, that He would perform His word for Solomon. He built the Most Holy Place at the rear of the temple. It was 30 x 30 x 30 feet. He had ornamental features installed: cherubim, flower buds, open flowers, and other figures. The entire inside of the temple was overlaid with gold. Overall, the temple was a beautifully ornate building built for the glory of the Lord. The construction of the temple took right at seven years to complete.
Solomon took thirteen years to build his own house. He also built the House of the Forest of Lebanon. He made a Hall of Pillars, a hall for the throne, the Hall of Judgement, a house for Pharoah’s daughter. All the houses were built with costly stones, cut to size.
This listing and description of Solomon’s building projects tells a story. Solomon made sure that two things happened in the building of the temple. First, he made sure that his father David’s desires for the temple to be built were fulfilled. We should all have dreams and goals, some of which will not be fulfilled until after our death. David was comforted in death, knowing that Solomon would live out his dream by building the temple. Second, Solomon built the house of the Lord with the finest of materials: costly quarried stones, cedars from Lebanon, and gold nearly beyond measure. Solomon made sure that God’s house was beyond compare, and he achieved that goal. Finally, Solomon built God’s house first, and then his own buildings. Never give up on your dreams, even if someone else fulfills them for you. Whatever you do for the Lord, do the very best for His glory! Always put God first.