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1 Kings 6

1Ki 6:7

NO HAMMER, CHISEL OR ANY OTHER IRON TOOL WAS HEARD AT THE TEMPLE SITE WHILE IT WAS BEING BUILT: "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" (1Ki 6:7).

All was brought perfectly ready for the exact spot it was to occupy -- and so is it with the "temple" which Jesus is building today; the making ready is all being done now: we are the living stones being made ready now (1Pe 2:5-9), and after the return of Christ, and the judgment, we will be brought to our proper places in God's "temple".

When we reach the Kingdom, there will be no more need to sanctify us there, no more need to square our corners with affliction, no more "smoothing" of our surfaces with suffering. No, we must be made ready HERE AND NOW -- Christ must do this work beforehand, even if it is painful (and it will be, in one way or another!).

But when he has finished that work, then we shall be brought by the angels to the heavenly Jerusalem, to abide as eternal pillars in the temple of our Lord: "Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name" (Rev 3:12).

As regards Jesus: an iron (Roman) hammer was instrumental in the final shaping, outside the city, of "the stone which the builders rejected" into "the headstone of the corner". As a foundation cornerstone it was laid then, and as the head cornerstone it will, at his return, crown and complete the "living temple".

1Ki 6:18

GOURDS AND OPEN FLOWERS: Buds and flowers -- promise and fulfillment.

1Ki 6:29

Cp the concept of the Tabernacle. Cherubim appear round about on walls. The eye of faith see God's purpose watching over all our services (Exo 26:15). Cp Rev 4:5,7,10; 7:4,15: cherubim visible in the heavenly sanctuary.

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