The temple that matters


What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?

“As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees…” (1 Kings 6:12-13)
What kind of temple could we build for God?
Does God even want a temple, a fancy building to live in?
Even here Solomon knows that it is the worthiness of their lives that matter.
God is not interested in our costly sacrifices or ornate buildings.
God wants a relationship with us, to live among us.
“I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel.” (1 Kings 6:13)
As I read these words, I am reminded how God wants to live in me.
God is not looking for my fancy clothes, big offerings, or pious words.
What matters is whether my heart devoted to humbly loving and obeying God.
Jesus comes as ‘God with us’, and shows us the temple of God that matters.
Jesus’s life was not impressive in a worldly sense, but in how he lived.
Jesus calls us to build our hearts and lives as temples for God.
Where we obey his decree to love God and people, where we show God to the world.
This is the kind of temple God wants, the kind of temple the Spirit is building in us.
Lord, help me to be as wise and serious about the life I am building for you, as Solomon was in building that temple in Jerusalem.


  1. “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.”

    I love the outline of the architecture, the exterior made of measured stone so none needed to be recut at the worksite, an interior made of cedar logs overlaid with gold, and the Most Holy Place – also the beneficial trade relationship with King Hiram that the Lord made possible, not just for His Temple, but for all the people. How are we preparing to build a temple when there is no adversary or disaster? Lord give me the wisdom to see the opportunities you lay out, and help me prepare in advance for your blessings.

  2. Upon reflection of this passage, it brought me to thinking about how it took 7 years for Solomon to finish building the temple, following the specific instructions he was given. Similarly, our lives are a temple for God in which He dwells. He calls us each day to “work on our temples” and make it more of a holy place. Our temples are being formed each day and will be continuously worked on (not finished in 7 years). In those days the priest would be the only one who was allowed to enter into the Holy of Holies, the place in with the Ark of the covenant and God’s presence resided. However, today because of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice on the cross we do not need to be cleansed, or offer up sacrifices, we can come freely and communion and fellowship with God. We are the temple! Lord, please let my life be a reflection of what you want your temple to look like. Let it be a place holy and righteous fit for you to dwell in!

  3. This passage made me think of the progress and cooperation Solomon garnered from the countries around him. Solomon gave respect and he received it. Hiram blessed Solomon and helped Solomon with the raw materials needed in exchange for the bounty from Israel. Israel was to be a nation by whom al nations are blessed – ultimately the gift of the Messiah! Here we see how Solomon blesses other nations and they in turn respect him – not necessarily because of his military power – but because of his God endowed wisdom and discernment. I too need to learn from following Jesus – the gift of His Spirit – and not get deceived by my own ego, desires and ways!

  4. Emmanuel.
    God with us.
    God dwelt among His people then leading and guiding them how to live – leading by cloud or fire and through the ages He continues to lead and guide and dwell among them. And today, He still does and lives among them – in hearts prepared to receive Him. As Solomon carried out His word so I too need to carry our His word – being a servant true. Others need to see Him living in me.

    Make me a servant
    Humble and meek
    Lord let me lift up
    Those who are weak
    And may the prayer
    Of my heart always be
    Make me a servant
    Make me a servant
    Make me a servant today

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