1 Kings 6

Chapter 6

6:1  And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD.

the house of the Lord

The typology of the temple, if indeed it has any typical significance, is most obscure and difficult. The N.T. invariably expounds the typology of the tabernacle, not of the temple. The symbolism of the latter may be revealed in the kingdom-age (see "Kingdom" O.T., (See Scofield "Genesis 1:26") See Scofield " Zechariah 12:8 " N.T., ; Luke 1:32 ; 1 Corinthians 15:28 . In the N.T. the usual Gk. word for sanctuary (naos) is used

(1) of the temple in Jerusalem Matthew 23:16 .

(2) of the believer's body 1 Corinthians 3:16 1 Corinthians 3:17 ; 6:19

(3) of the local church 2 Corinthians 6:16 and

(4) of the true church Ephesians 2:21 But in all these instances the thought is simply of a habitation of God. No reference to the structure of the temple, as in the case of the tabernacle Hebrews 9:1-10:39 .

Zif

Second month, i.e. May.

6:4  And for the house he made windows of narrow lights.

windows of narrow lights

Cf. 2 Chronicles 4:20 . In the holy of holies in the tabernacle no light but the shekinah glory was provided. In many ways Solomon's temple manifests the spiritual deterioration of the people, and Jehovah's condescension to it in grace.

6:27  And he set the cherubims within the inner house: and they stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of the one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; and their wings touched one another in the midst of the house.

they stretched forth Or, the cherubim stretched forth their wings.

6:37  In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of the LORD laid, in the month Zif:

Zif

Second month, i.e. May.

6:38  And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, was the house finished throughout all the parts thereof, and according to all the fashion of it. So was he seven years in building it.

Bul

Eighth month i.e. November.

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