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Sunday, May 01, 2016

[Matt's Messages] "The Temple of the King"

“The Temple of the King”
The King of Kings in the Books of Kings
May 1, 2016 :: 1 Kings 5:1-7:51

Our series is called “The King of Kings in the Books of Kings” because for all of the details of these two historical books full of places, countries, people, prophet, priests, and kings, if we keep our eye on the Lord, the King of Kings, then we’ll get the message that we are supposed to receive.

We’ve have two messages so far in this series.

In the first sermon, who became the king after King David?

His son Solomon became king.

And what kind of a king was King Solomon? Thumbs up or thumbs down?

Well...it’s complicated.

He’s basically been a two thumbs up king and yet there are some troubling signs of  a storm brewing on the horizon.

But in the second sermon we saw that he was a two-thumbs up ruler at the beginning of reign because he asked God for ... what?

Wisdom. The wisdom of the king.

And God gave it to him.  There had never been someone as wise as King Solomon.

He knew what to do.
He had skill for decision-making.

And he took this kingdom to places that it had never been before.

And in these next 5 chapters, Solomon will achieve what is arguably the greatest work of his surpassingly exceptional wisdom. He will build the temple.

“The Temple of the King”

Now, I don’t know about you, but I tend to skim over the next 3 chapters. Five, six, and seven.

I’m not a builder. I’m not an engineer. I’m not a craftsman. I’m not a contractor.

I’m not an architect. And I’m not all that interested in descriptions in literature.

My eyes tend to glaze over.

I don’t see it, when I read it.

Some of you probably love these three chapters–five, six, and seven. They just jump off the page for you.

But for many of us, we tend to hurry through these details and maybe even skip them altogether.

I was tempted to NOT read these chapters to you today and just summarize.

“Oh, yeah, and Solomon built a beautiful temple. Let’s move on...”

But as I studied it this week, I realized that for the first readers of this book, this was like the highlight of the whole book, and in many ways the high point of the whole Old Testament!

Solomon’s kingdom has spread to its broadest dimensions. Everybody in the kingdom is experiencing blessing.

Do you remember this?

Chapter 4, verse 20?

“The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy.”

Remember, they were getting taxed, and they were still happy? Life was that good under Solomon.

Because of his wisdom. Chapter 4, verse 29.

“God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.”

And here’s the proof of that. Solomon decides to build a house for God.

A temple.

The temple.

An amazing, breathtaking, magnificent, glorious temple for the King of Kings.

That’s what we’re going to read about today.

The temple of the king.

Chapter 4 ended with these words, “Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon's wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.”

And that included Solomon’s neighbor, King Hiram of Tyre. Chapter 5, verse 1.

“When Hiram king of Tyre heard that Solomon had been anointed king to succeed his father David, he sent his envoys to Solomon, because he had always been on friendly terms with David.”

We’ve met King Hiram before. He is the king of Tyre which is the capital city of Phoenicia and he was friendly with David.

He wants to be friendly with Solomon. And Solomon sends back a message of how Hiram can be a help to him. V.2

“Solomon sent back this message to Hiram: ‘You know that because of the wars waged against my father David from all sides, he could not build a temple for the Name of the LORD his God until the LORD put his enemies under his feet. But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side, and there is no adversary or disaster.

I intend, therefore, to build a temple for the Name of the LORD my God, as the LORD told my father David, when he said, 'Your son whom I will put on the throne in your place will build the temple for my Name.'

‘So give orders that cedars of Lebanon be cut for me. My men will work with yours, and I will pay you for your men whatever wages you set. You know that we have no one so skilled in felling timber as the Sidonians.’”

Every word in that message is important.

Let me summarize it like this. Point #1 of 3 this morning.

Solomon’s temple was:

#1. BUILT ON THE PROMISES OF THE KING.

This temple was built on the promises of the Lord God.

Solomon remembers that his father wanted to build a temple for the Lord but had been told, “No.”

Do you remember that story?

David felt bad that he lived in a house, but the King of Kings only had tent?

So he wanted to build a house for the Lord, but the prophet Nathan said, “No. God is going to build a ‘house’ for you.”

It’s all in 2 Samuel 7. What we often call the Davidic Covenant, the promises God made to David.

One of those promises was rest from all of his enemies. No temple until the enemies are subdued. What does verse 4 say?

“But now the LORD my God has given me [Solomon] rest on every side, and there is no adversary or disaster.”

 Notice that word, “GAVE.” That rest is a gift. It came from God’s promise.

And what else did God promise David?

A son, right?  A son to sit on the throne. And who will build the temple for the Lord.rd. V.5

“I intend, therefore, to build a temple for the Name of the LORD my God, as the LORD told my father David, when he said, 'Your son whom I will put on the throne in your place will build the temple for my Name.'”

This is not just Solomon’s big idea.

This is God’s idea. And it’s God’s promise.

And you know the Bible says about God’s promises?

God always keeps his promises.

This temple rests on the foundation of God’s promises.

Solomon is going to undertake a massive building program here. This is going to take years to complete. We’re going to see that it’s at least 7 years from start to finish.

How do you start something that big?

How do you keep on going?

What do base it upon?

You base it upon the promises of God.

So one of the life lessons we get from reading about the construction of the temple is simply to learn to put our faith in the faithfulness of God.

Do you know the promises of God?

Are you trusting them?

Solomon was basing this entire building project on God’s promises. That’s why he expected to succeed.

So he asks Hiram for some two-by-fours.

The best wood is from the cedars of Lebanon, that’s like the Pennsylvania of the Middle East. And there weren’t better any lumberjacks than the Sidonians from the next town over from Tyre.

And that pleased Hiram. V.7

“When Hiram heard Solomon's message, he was greatly pleased and said, ‘Praise be to the LORD today, for he has given David a wise son to rule over this great nation.’

So Hiram sent word to Solomon: ‘I have received the message you sent me and will do all you want in providing the cedar and pine logs. My men will haul them down from Lebanon to the sea, and I will float them in rafts by sea to the place you specify. There I will separate them and you can take them away. And you are to grant my wish by providing food for my royal household.’ [How’s that for a deal? V.10]

In this way Hiram kept Solomon supplied with all the cedar and pine logs he wanted, and Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand cors of wheat as food for his household, in addition to twenty thousand baths of pressed olive oil. Solomon continued to do this for Hiram year after year.

The LORD gave Solomon wisdom, just as he had promised him. [There’s our word again.]”

This temple was built on the promises of God.

And it was a BIG job. V.12

“There were peaceful relations between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty. King Solomon conscripted laborers from all Israel–thirty thousand men. He sent them off to Lebanon in shifts of ten thousand a month, so that they spent one month in Lebanon and two months at home. Adoniram was in charge of the forced labor.

Solomon had seventy thousand carriers and eighty thousand stonecutters in the hills, as well as thirty-three hundred foremen who supervised the project and directed the workmen. At the king's command they removed from the quarry large blocks of quality stone to provide a foundation of dressed stone for the temple. The craftsmen of Solomon and Hiram and the men of Gebal cut and prepared the timber and stone for the building of the temple.”

Wow. That’s a big workforce!

Imagine feeding them all!

Chapter 6, verse 1.

“In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites had come out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month, he began to build the temple of the LORD.”

That’s an important verse. Think about it.

When did this happen?

480 years after the Exodus. After the events we just learned about today in Sunday School.

480 year later. That’s a long time. But God has been faithful all along and now He’s keeping this part of His promise.

Now, the people of Israel are moving into a new epoch. No longer will they be unsettled and wandering. They are fully settled because even their God has a permanent home.

He is moving from tent to temple.

That’s big. He moves at His own pace. Never too quick and never too slow.

But He always keeps His promises.

And here He is allowing Solomon to build a temple for His name.

And what a temple it is! We start with the outside dimensions. V.2

“The temple that King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits long, twenty wide and thirty high. The portico at the front of the main hall of the temple extended the width of the temple, that is twenty cubits, and projected ten cubits from the front of the temple. He made narrow clerestory windows in the temple.

Against the walls of the main hall and inner sanctuary he built a structure around the building, in which there were side rooms. The lowest floor was five cubits wide, the middle floor six cubits and the third floor seven. He made offset ledges around the outside of the temple so that nothing would be inserted into the temple walls.”

Now, I have a hard time picturing all of this, but it’s clear to me that this is about twice that the tabernacle was.

It’s built with a similar floor plan, the same kinds of general dimensions, but proportionally bigger.

But here’s what I really find amazing. They built it without tools. V.7

“In building the temple, only blocks dressed at the quarry were used, and no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool was heard at the temple site while it was being built.”

Can you imagine?!

No, “chink, chink, chink.”

I think that’s so that there was a worshipful kind of silence at the building site. Reverence and awe as they worked together. V.8

“The entrance to the lowest floor was on the south side of the temple; a stairway led up to the middle level and from there to the third. So he built the temple and completed it, roofing it with beams and cedar planks. And he built the side rooms all along the temple. The height of each was five cubits, and they were attached to the temple by beams of cedar.”

And then God showed up and interrupted the work.

Verse 11.  “The word of the LORD came to Solomon: ‘As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, carry out my regulations and keep all my commands and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father. [There’s our word again.] And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel.’”

Those are three really important verses for understanding this temple.

Let me summarize it this way.

Solomon’s temple was:

#2. DWELT BY THE PRESENCE OF THE KING.

The whole point of this temple is not this temple.

The whole point of this temple is whom this temple is for.

They are building it as a place for God to dwell among His people.

Remember that that was the point of the tabernacle, too?

Where was the tabernacle in Israelite camp?

It was in center, right? The dead center.

Israel was to be God-centered and have God dwell in their midst.

This is making that arrangement permanent. From tent to house. From tabernacle to temple.

And God stops the building project in the middle of everything to make this clear.

The point of the temple of the king not the temple of the king!

It’s the king of the temple.

I’ll bet you can see all kinds of ways of applying that to your life.

For example, you are a temple of the King.

And that means that God dwells in you. That’s amazing and should be celebrated.

But don’t get to thinking that you’re all that and a bag of chips.

The point of the temple of the king is not the temple of king, it’s the king of the temple.

We’re going to see that this temple was amazing! Ah-may-zing.

But it was going to be useless and meaningless without the Lord dwelling in it and blessing it.

The Israelites kept making that mistake with the temple. By the time of Jeremiah, they believed that nothing could touch their kingdom because they had the temple. They even had a slogan, “The temple, the temple, the temple!”

But the Lord was going to bring judgment on them because they had failed the test of verse 12. So they didn’t get the blessings of verse 13.

Verse 12 again.

“As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, carry out my regulations and keep all my commands and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father.”

In other words, “Solomon, you’ve got one job. Keep the covenant and lead others to keep it, too.”

Walk with God. If you do, then the Lord will dwell in the temple all will be well.

But if you don’t then, there will be negative consequences.

Now you and I are not the anointed king of Israel, but I think the principle is still true that God is calling each of us to walk with Him in obedience and that will connect us with blessing.

Are you doing that?

Are you walking with God?

Are you obeying what you know of His will?

Are you trusting in His promises and obeying His commands?

That’s where blessing lies.
That’s the path towards blessing.

Not that we earn God’s blessing by being obedient.

But that we connect with God’s blessing through our obedience.

We trust His promises and obey His command, and we’re happy in Jesus.

Now in verse 14, the work commences again and the author gives us glimpse inside.

I never thought about this before, but one of the books I read this week pointed out that most average Israelites never got inside of this building. Especially into the holiest places.

So they would see it in Jerusalem from the outside, but they never got to see inside.

Just like us! That’s why the author tells us so much about what it’s like inside.

And in a word–it’s glorious. V.14

“So Solomon built the temple and completed it. He lined its interior walls with cedar boards, paneling them from the floor of the temple to the ceiling, and covered the floor of the temple with planks of pine. He partitioned off twenty cubits at the rear of the temple with cedar boards from floor to ceiling to form within the temple an inner sanctuary, the Most Holy Place.

The main hall in front of this room was forty cubits long. The inside of the temple was cedar, carved with gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was to be seen.

He prepared the inner sanctuary within the temple to set the ark of the covenant of the LORD there. The inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty wide and twenty high. [A perfect cube.] He overlaid the inside with pure gold, and he also overlaid the altar of cedar.

Solomon covered the inside of the temple with pure gold, and he extended gold chains across the front of the inner sanctuary, which was overlaid with gold. So he overlaid the whole interior with gold. He also overlaid with gold the altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary. [Are you hearing a theme word here?]

In the inner sanctuary he made a pair of cherubim [fierce looking angels] of olive wood, each ten cubits high. [15 feet high!] One wing of the first cherub was five cubits long, and the other wing five cubits–ten cubits from wing tip to wing tip.

The second cherub also measured ten cubits, for the two cherubim were identical in size and shape. The height of each cherub was ten cubits. He placed the cherubim inside the innermost room of the temple, with their wings spread out. The wing of one cherub touched one wall, while the wing of the other touched the other wall, and their wings touched each other in the middle of the room. He overlaid the cherubim with gold.

On the walls all around the temple, in both the inner and outer rooms, he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers.

He also covered the floors of both the inner and outer rooms of the temple with gold.”

Did you catch that?

I think I’ve counted 17 times that the book uses the word “gold” or “golden” in this chapter and the next.

He covered the floors with gold!

If you walked on the floor in those rooms, you were walking on gold!

We’re remodeling the basement in our home right now. We’re trying to move the boys downstairs into a bigger bedroom while still having a guest room down there.

And I’ve been looking at floor coverings at Carpet One and Lowes.

And the cheapest stuff makes me swallow hard.

If my calculations are right (and that’s nothing to go on, I know), I think this is about 2700 square feet. Of pure gold.

And gold everywhere you look.

Here’s point #3 of 3 of this morning.

Solomon’s temple was:

#3. REFLECTING THE GLORY OF THE KING.

There is all kinds of stuff going on here in design of this temple.

I don’t comprehend it all. There is a lot of symbolism here. Like the cherubim and the palm trees, and the flowers, and the pomegranates and the water, lampstand and everything.

At least partly, it’s supposed to take you back to the garden of Eden. Where the cherubim guard the gate. And everything is lush and beautiful and alive and flowing.

And glorious.  V.31

“For the entrance of the inner sanctuary he made doors of olive wood with five-sided jambs. And on the two olive wood doors he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid the cherubim and palm trees with beaten gold.

In the same way he made four-sided jambs of olive wood for the entrance to the main hall. He also made two pine doors, each having two leaves that turned in sockets. He carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers on them and overlaid them with gold hammered evenly over the carvings.

And he built the inner courtyard of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams. The foundation of the temple of the LORD was laid in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv. In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it.”

To reflect the glory of God.

Can you imagine this building?

I’m not good at picturing things, but this is pretty amazing.

I don’t know if this helps you, but here’s an artist’s rendering of the temple from the ESV Study Bible.

If you look in that Study Bible, it has this picture with a lot of details like the measurements and stuff in our measuring system, not cubits.

The artist has to imagine lots of things and fill in the gaps, but I think he captures some of the amazingness of this building that took Solomon 7 years to complete.

What skill! What craftsmanship! What beauty got worked into all of those details!

Why?

To reflect the glory of God.

God is worth it, friends.

There is no more precious metal than gold, and here it is thrown around God’s house.

You know, we sometimes make the mistake of calling church buildings, “God’s house.”

This is not God’s house. Though we are God’s house together and invidivually as believers.

But this was God’s house! This was a special earthly headquarters for God.

And He deserved only the best.

And all that symbolism was pointing at Him, too.

God deserves our worship. And God deserves our best, friends.

Because He is glorious.

In chapter 7, it just gets more detailed. In chapter 7, we get the contents of God’s house.

We’ve heard about the outside dimensions, the inside coverings, now here are the furnishings. Chapter 7, verse 1.

“It took Solomon thirteen years, however, to complete the construction of his palace.

[Now, some people think that Solomon has his priorities out of whack here. And that’s possible. If so, it’s just hint of that storm that is still to come. But I’m not sure about that. The author doesn’t make much of it and it’s really a description here of the rest of the temple complex because the palace is right next door. V.2]

He built the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon a hundred cubits long, fifty wide and thirty high, with four rows of cedar columns supporting trimmed cedar beams. It was roofed with cedar above the beams that rested on the columns–forty-five beams, fifteen to a row.

Its windows were placed high in sets of three, facing each other. All the doorways had rectangular frames; they were in the front part in sets of three, facing each other. He made a colonnade fifty cubits long and thirty wide. In front of it was a portico, and in front of that were pillars and an overhanging roof. He built the throne hall, the Hall of Justice, where he was to judge, and he covered it with cedar from floor to ceiling.

And the palace in which he was to live, set farther back, was similar in design. Solomon also made a palace like this hall for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had married.

All these structures, from the outside to the great courtyard and from foundation to eaves, were made of blocks of high-grade stone cut to size and trimmed with a saw on their inner and outer faces. The foundations were laid with large stones of good quality, some measuring ten cubits and some eight. Above were high-grade stones, cut to size, and cedar beams. The great courtyard was surrounded by a wall of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams, as was the inner courtyard of the temple of the LORD with its portico.”

As beautiful as that is and as much work as it took to create, it wasn’t covered with gold like the LORD’s house was.

And Solomon only got the best for his craftsman. V.13

“King Solomon sent to Tyre and brought Huram, whose mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali [half-Israelite] and whose father was a man of Tyre and a craftsman in bronze. Huram was highly skilled and experienced in all kinds of bronze work. He came to King Solomon and did all the work assigned to him.

He cast two bronze pillars, each eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits around, by line.  He also made two capitals of cast bronze to set on the tops of the pillars; each capital was five cubits high. [That’s high. Like 34 feet high.] A network of interwoven chains festooned the capitals on top of the pillars, seven for each capital.

He made pomegranates in two rows encircling each network to decorate the capitals on top of the pillars. He did the same for each capital. The capitals on top of the pillars in the portico were in the shape of lilies, four cubits high. On the capitals of both pillars, above the bowl-shaped part next to the network, were the two hundred pomegranates in rows all around.

He erected the pillars at the portico of the temple. The pillar to the south he named Jakin [established] and the one to the north Boaz [mighty].

The capitals on top were in the shape of lilies. And so the work on the pillars was completed.

He made the Sea of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubits high. It took a line of thirty cubits to measure around it. Below the rim, gourds encircled it–ten to a cubit. The gourds were cast in two rows in one piece with the Sea.

The Sea stood on twelve bulls, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south and three facing east. The Sea rested on top of them, and their hindquarters were toward the center. It was a handbreadth in thickness, and its rim was like the rim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It held two thousand baths. [That’s 11,500 gallons!]

He also made ten movable stands of bronze; each was four cubits long, four wide and three high. This is how the stands were made: They had side panels attached to uprights.
On the panels between the uprights were lions, bulls and cherubim–and on the uprights as well. Above and below the lions and bulls were wreaths of hammered work.

Each stand had four bronze wheels with bronze axles, and each had a basin resting on four supports, cast with wreaths on each side. On the inside of the stand there was an opening that had a circular frame one cubit deep. This opening was round, and with its basework it measured a cubit and a half. Around its opening there was engraving. The panels of the stands were square, not round.

The four wheels were under the panels, and the axles of the wheels were attached to the stand. The diameter of each wheel was a cubit and a half. The wheels were made like chariot wheels; the axles, rims, spokes and hubs were all of cast metal.

Each stand had four handles, one on each corner, projecting from the stand. At the top of the stand there was a circular band half a cubit deep. The supports and panels were attached to the top of the stand. He engraved cherubim, lions and palm trees on the surfaces of the supports and on the panels, in every available space, with wreaths all around.  This is the way he made the ten stands. They were all cast in the same molds and were identical in size and shape.

He then made ten bronze basins, each holding forty baths and measuring four cubits across, one basin to go on each of the ten stands. [Mobile water stations.] He placed five of the stands on the south side of the temple and five on the north. He placed the Sea on the south side, at the southeast corner of the temple. He also made the basins and shovels and sprinkling bowls. So Huram finished all the work he had undertaken for King Solomon in the temple of the LORD: the two pillars; the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars; the two sets of network decorating the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars; the four hundred pomegranates for the two sets of network (two rows of pomegranates for each network, decorating the bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars); the ten stands with their ten basins; the Sea and the twelve bulls under it; the pots, shovels and sprinkling bowls. All these objects that Huram made for King Solomon for the temple of the LORD were of burnished bronze.

The king had them cast in clay molds in the plain of the Jordan between Succoth and Zarethan. Solomon left all these things unweighed, because there were so many; the weight of the bronze was not determined. Solomon also made all the furnishings that were in the LORD's temple: the golden altar; the golden table on which was the bread of the Presence; the lampstands of pure gold (five on the right and five on the left, in front of the inner sanctuary); the gold floral work and lamps and tongs; the pure gold basins, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, dishes and censers; and the gold sockets for the doors of the innermost room, the Most Holy Place, and also for the doors of the main hall of the temple.  When all the work King Solomon had done for the temple of the LORD was finished, he brought in the things his father David had dedicated–the silver and gold and the furnishings–and he placed them in the treasuries of the LORD's temple.”

Bronze, bronze, bronze. More than you can be counted.

Gold, gold, gold. More than you will ever see in your lifetime.

Imagine what it must have been like when the sun came out?!

Reflecting the glory of the king.

And you know it’s not enough?

The only time the New Testament talks about this glory of Solomon’s was to say that it’s nothing compared to what God does daily for the birds and flowers.

All of that glory was still just dim shadow of the glory of God!

And what did they do with all of those gold instruments?

What are golden tongs for?
What are the golden sprinkling bowls for?
What is the golden altar for?

It’s for blood.

It’s for sacrifice.

Because that’s what took place in the tabernacle and then in the temple.

The sacrifices to make things right with the King.

Because of sin, there needs to be sacrifice.

Which takes us to this table.

Which stands for an even better sacrifice.

We’re out of time or I’d take you to Hebrews chapter 9 where the author starts to explain what some of these things in temple stand for.

And then he says, “When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!”

That’s what this table stands for.

The perfect sacrifice that perfectly fulfilled what all of those sacrifices stood for.

And so that once and for all we are cleansed to serve the living God.

And as we eat this memorial meal, we celebrate His perfect sacrifice.

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Questions for Group Discussion

1. Review. What has surprised you the most so far in this series on the Books of Kings? What has been the most helpful thing you've learned or been reminded of?

2. Read 1 Kings 5:2-5. What did Pastor Matt mean when he said that "The Temple of the King Was Built on the Promises of the King?" How does that apply to our life today?  What are some of the most precious things that the King has promised you? How do they affect your day to day life?

3. Read 1 Kings 6:11-13. The temple is kind of house made for God's presence to dwell in. In what ways could the Israelites make the mistake of thinking that point of the temple of the king was the temple instead of the king of the temple? How do we make similar mistakes today? What can we do to remind ourselves that the point is the King?

4. Discuss the description of the temple's construction and furnishings. What stood out to you? How did it reflect God's glory? What questions do you have about the design or the story? What do you wish you knew more about? What lessons can we learn for our lives from how glorious the temple was? How can our lives reflect His glory today?

5. Read Hebrews 9:1-28. In what ways is the New Covenant in Jesus Christ better than the Old Covenant? What lessons does the author of Hebrews draw for our lives today from a quick glance at the tabernacle?

6. What is your biggest takeaway for your life from this study?


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Messages in this Series
01. Who Will Be King?
02. The Wisdom of the King

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