1 Kings 5* Solomon's agreement with Hiram. (1-9) Solomon's workmen forthe temple. (10-18)1-9 Here is Solomon's design to build a temple. There is noadversary, no Satan, so the word is; no instrument of Satan tooppose it, or to divert from it. Satan does all he can, tohinder temple work. When there is no evil abroad, then let us beready and active in that which is good, and get forward. LetGod's promises quicken our endeavours. And all outward skill andadvantages should be made serviceable to the interests ofChrist's kingdom. It Tyre supplies Israel with craftsmen, Israelwill supply Tyre with corn, #Eze 27:17|. Thus, by the wisedisposal of Providence, one country has need of another, and isbenefitted by another, that there may be dependence on oneanother, to the glory of God. 10-18 The temple was chiefly built by the riches and labour ofGentiles, which typified their being called into the church.Solomon commanded, and they brought costly stones for thefoundation. Christ, who is laid for a Foundation, is a chosenand precious Stone. We should lay our foundation firm, andbestow most pains on that part of our religion which lies out ofthe sight of men. And happy those who, as lively stones, arebuilt up a spiritual house, for a habitation of God through theSpirit. Who among us will build in the house of the Lord?
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