In I Kings 8 we have the account of Solomon dedicating his magnificent newly build temple to the God of Israel. It was seven years in building.
There are many lessons from this account:
- God has a timetable (David was forbidden but Solomon got the go-ahead). And this dedication was appropriately at the feast of Tabernacles in the seventh month (when incidentally I believe Christ was born).
- God has specific tasks for his people (viz. the builders, the artisans, Solomon).
- God’s glory was resident there and he answered Solomon’s prayer (Just as Christ was God tabernacled among men and hears our prayers).
- Solomon typified Christ in his intercession (his prayer is so akin to John 17)–there is nothing more Christ-like than intercession-how are you doing? His prayer had great foresight mentioning many future eventualities.
- His intercession included the gentiles.
A greater than Solomon has come as Christ said of himself and one hymn-writer admirably put it…”God contracted to a span, incomprehensibly made man!”