1 Kings 7* Solomon's buildings. (1-12) Furniture of the temple. (13-47)Vessels of gold. (48-51)1-12 All Solomon's buildings, though beautiful, were intendedfor use. Solomon began with the temple; he built for God first,and then his other buildings. The surest foundations of lastingprosperity are laid in early piety. He was thirteen yearsbuilding his house, yet he built the temple in little more thanseven years; not that he was more exact, but less eager inbuilding his own house, than in building God's. We ought toprefer God's honour before our own ease and satisfaction. 13-47 The two brazen pillars in the porch of the temple, somethink, were to teach those that came to worship, to depend uponGod only, for strength and establishment in all their religiousexercises. "Jachin," God will fix this roving mind. It is goodthat the heart be established with grace. "Boaz," In him is ourstrength, who works in us both to will and to do. Spiritualstrength and stability are found at the door of God's temple,where we must wait for the gifts of grace, in use of the meansof grace. Spiritual priests and spiritual sacrifices must bewashed in the laver of Christ's blood, and of regeneration. Wemust wash often, for we daily contract pollution. There are fullmeans provided for our cleansing; so that if we have our lot forever among the unclean it will be our own fault. Let us blessGod for the fountain opened by the sacrifice of Christ for sinand for uncleanness. 48-51 Christ is now the Temple and the Builder; the Altar andthe Sacrifice; the Light of our souls, and the Bread of life;able to supply all the wants of all that have applied or shallapply to him. Outward images cannot represent, words cannotexpress, the heart cannot conceive, his preciousness or hislove. Let us come to him, and wash away our sins in his blood;let us seek for the purifying grace of his Spirit; let usmaintain communion with the Father through his intercession, andyield up ourselves and all we have to his service. Beingstrengthened by him, we shall be accepted, useful, and happy.
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