1 Kings 6* The building of Solomon's temple. (1-10) Promise givenconcerning the temple. (11-14) Particulars respecting thetemple. (15-38)1-10 The temple is called the house of the Lord, because it wasdirected and modelled by him, and was to be employed in hisservice. This gave it the beauty of holiness, that it was thehouse of the Lord, which was far beyond all other beauties. Itwas to be the temple of the God of peace, therefore no iron toolmust be heard; quietness and silence suit and help religiousexercises. God's work should be done with much care and littlenoise. Clamour and violence often hinder, but never further thework of God. Thus the kingdom of God in the heart of man growsup in silence, #Mr 5:27|. 11-14 None employ themselves for God, without having his eyeupon them. But God plainly let Solomon know that all the chargefor building this temple, would neither excuse from obedience tothe law of God, nor shelter from his judgments, in case ofdisobedience. 15-38 See what was typified by this temple. 1. Christ is thetrue Temple. In him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead; inhim meet all God's spiritual Israel; through him we have accesswith confidence to God. 2. Every believer is a living temple, inwhom the Spirit of God dwells, #1Co 3:16|. This living temple isbuilt upon Christ as its Foundation, and will be perfect in duetime. 3. The gospel church is the mystical temple. It grows to aholy temple in the Lord, enriched and beautified with the giftsand graces of the Spirit. This temple is built firm, upon aRock. 4. Heaven is the everlasting temple. There the church willbe fixed. All that shall be stones in that building, must, inthe present state of preparation, be fitted and made ready forit. Let sinners come to Jesus as the living Foundation, thatthey may be built on him, a part of this spiritual house,consecrated in body and soul to the glory of God.
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