The Temples Interior

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Respect

 

 

In this passage a description of the inside of the temple is given. The cherubim were sculptured angels, carved from olive wood. Their wings were spread 30 feet and they were covered with gold (vv. 23-28). The walls of the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place were decorated with carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers. All the doors to the inner and outer rooms were decorated like the walls. The doors leading from the porch into the holy place were made of pine (v. 34). Solomon made everything new and more magnificent than it had been, except the ark which was the same as when Moses made it, with its mercy seat and cherubim that was the token of God’s presence.

 

The courtyard was an open plaza surrounding the temple. The size of this courtyard is not given, but if it was proportionate to the temple structure itself, it was probably about 150 feet wide and 400 feet long. There was also an outer courtyard not mentioned here (II Chron. 4:9) which was lower. The inner courtyard was separated from the outer courtyard by a wall. This wall consisted of three rows of cut limestone and one row of cedar beams. The outer courtyard was also surrounded by a wall.

 

The use of gold and silver as well as the magnificence of cedar wood provided an awesome sight.  This was further magnified by the number of workman who worked on the temple as well as the seven and one-half years required to build it. The entire inside of the Temple was covered with Gold, even the floor. Solomon Spared no expense and because there was so much Gold it tended to take away from its value.

Application

 

God was very particular in the material He put into the construction of the temple. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and we need to be careful as to what we put into them.

I Kings 6:23-38 (English Standard Version)

In the inner sanctuary he made two cherubim of olivewood, each ten cubits high. Five cubits was the length of one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the length of the other wing of the cherub; it was ten cubits from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other. The other cherub also measured ten cubits; both cherubim had the same measure and the same form. The height of one cherub was ten cubits, and so was that of the other cherub. He put the cherubim in the innermost part of the house. And the wings of the cherubim were spread out so that a wing of one touched the one wall, and a wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; their other wings touched each other in the middle of the house. And he overlaid the cherubim with gold. Around all the walls of the house he carved engraved figures of cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, in the inner and outer rooms. The floor of the house he overlaid with gold in the inner and outer rooms. For the entrance to the inner sanctuary he made doors of olivewood; the lintel and the doorposts were five-sided. He covered the two doors of olivewood with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers. He overlaid them with gold and spread gold on the cherubim and on the palm trees. So also he made for the entrance to the nave doorposts of olivewood, in the form of a square, and two doors of cypress wood. The two leaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding. On them he carved cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, and he overlaid them with gold evenly applied on the carved work. He built the inner court with three courses of cut stone and one course of cedar beams. In the fourth year the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid, in the month of Ziv. And in the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished in all its parts, and according to all its specifications. He was seven years in building it.

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