Solomon and Jesus Began Building the Temple

TODAY’S READING: 2 CHRONICLES 1-4

Chapter three of today’s reading tells us that Solomon began building the temple of the Lord. The description of where and when Solomon began to build reveal that the inspiration of the building of Solomon’s temple was Jesus.

THE HOUSE OF THE LORD

2 Chronicles 3:1 says that “Solomon began to build the house of the Lord.”

According to the New Testament, we are the house of the Lord.

1 Peter 2:5 says, “You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 3:9 says that we are “God’s building.”

Ephesians 2:19-21 says, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”

IN JERUSALEM ON MOUNT MORIAH

Solomon began building the house of the Lord “in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah.”

Mount Moriah is first mentioned in Genesis 22. Abraham hears God tell him to take Isaac, a type of Jesus, to Mount Moriah and offer him there as a burnt sacrifice. I wrote the meaning of Mount Moriah in God Provides Himself the Lamb.

In 2 Chronicles 3:1, we read that Mount Moriah is the place where David bought the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. The threshing floor is a place of judgment. I wrote about David, Ornan, and the threshing floor in Shielding Our Hearts from the Flaming Darts of Satan.

Clearly, Mount Moriah is a reference to the place where Jesus was crucified. The cross was the both the place where and the time when Jesus began t build the house of the Lord.

THE SECOND MONTH AND FOURTH YEAR OF HIS REIGN

2 Chronicles 3:2 says, “He began to build in the second month of the fourth year of his reign.”

Jesus was baptized at the beginning of his public ministry. In his baptism, he was the Spirit came to rest on him. In other words, Jesus was anointed as king in his baptism.

Jesus’ public ministry lasted three and a half years. Therefore, he was crucified, died, buried, and resurrected in the fourth year of his reign. He began building in the fourth year of his reign.

Jesus was crucified and resurrected in the first month of the year. But, the Holy Spirit was poured out on Jesus’ disciples at Pentecost, which took place in the second month of the year. It was at this time that the disciples were being built together into the house of God by the Spirit according to Ephesians 2:22.

Solomon’s temple was a just a shadow of the real temple. The rest of the description of the temple reveals more details about Jesus and the true of God that he is building.

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