1 Kings 6-7
The United Kingdom under Solomon, cont’d. 1 Kings 1-11
1 Kings 5:1-:9:9 Solomon’s Temple, cont’d.
1 Kings 6:1-38-The date is 967 B.C. “Ziv” is the second month of the Hebrew calendar year and includes parts of April-May on the modern calendar. Solomon begins building the Temple.
- The normal cubit was 18 inches in length. However, 2 Chronicles 3:3 suggests that the cubit used here may have been 20.9 inches. In either case, the structure was not large…probably measuring 90-105 feet in length, 30-35 feet wide, and 45-52½ feet high.
- It had a triple deck arrangement of rooms along its walls with access by a winding staircase (:8).
- The Holy of Holies occupied one-third of the interior space and the Holy Place occupied two-thirds.
Solomon finished construction of the Temple 7 years later during the month of “Bul” (October-November). This Temple stood until it was destroyed in 586 B.C.
1 Kings 7:1-12-Solomon constructs other buildings including an armory (“the house of the forest of Lebanon”), a throne room, and his own house.
1 Kings 7:13-51-Solomon has all of the furnishings of the Temple made. He sets up two pillars on the steps of the porch of the Temple. He named them “Jachin” (“he establishes”) and “Boaz” (“in him is strength”).
7:23-26 This gigantic laver for the priests’ washing was ten cubits (14½ ft.) across when measured from outside rim to outside rim, but the inside measurement was two handbreaths (6 in.) less (v. 26). This inside measurement was apparently used when calculating the circumference as 30 cubits (52½ ft.). It contained 2,000 baths (a bath was about 5.8 gallons).
Ryrie Study Bible, 1 Kings 7:23 footnote, p. 518
Prayer: Father, every time the Jews would enter the Temple to worship You they would see the two pillars and be reminded that it was You who established them and it is You who keeps them. Please help me to always be mindful of those two inspiring truths when I come to worship You.