Feb 2013

Solomon Builds the Temple

Sermon audio:

Act 3 | Covenant Failure

This sermon on “Solomon Builds the Temple” from The Drama of Redemption was preached by Raymond Goodlett at Redemption Hill Church on Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Sermon Text:
1 Kings 8:1-66

Sermon Notes:

Go ahead and open your Bibles to 1 Kings 6:1, on our way to 1 Kings 8.

Solomon Builds the Temple (I Kings 6:1-2, 11-14)
6 In the four hundred and eightieth year after the people of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of the Lord. 2 The house that King Solomon built for the Lord was sixty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and thirty cubits high…

11 Now the word of the Lord came to Solomon, 12 “Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and obey my rules and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you, which I spoke to David your father. 13 And I will dwell among the children of Israel and will not forsake my people Israel.” 14 So Solomon built the house and finished it.

The Ark Brought into the Temple (1 Kings 8:1, 5-6, 9-11)
Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ houses of the people of Israel, before King Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion…

5 And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, who had assembled before him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered. 6 Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the Most Holy Place, underneath the wings of the cherubim…

9 There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets of stone that Moses put there at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the people of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt. 10 And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord, 11 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.

With the rest of our time, I want us to look at the 3 houses that are either mentioned or anticipated by our passage here in 1 Kings:

  1. The Temple that Solomon builds for the Lord.
  2. The Palace that Solomon builds for himself.
  3. The House that the Lord himself is building today.

The Temple that Solomon builds for the Lord.

David’s plans/blueprints (1 Chronicles 28:11-12).

When it comes to how we will all continue to build and give shape to this church that we call Redemption Hill, the most important ideas and plans are the ones that were handed down to us in this Bible.

The Lord’s Presence among us (1 Kings 8:9-10)

The Palace that Solomon built for himself (I Kings 6:37–7:2)

Right next to the Temple that Solomon built for the Lord, he began to build an impressive palace for himself

37 In the fourth year the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid, in the month of Ziv. 38 And in the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished in all its parts, and according to all its specifications. He was seven years in building it.

Solomon Builds His Palace
7 Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished his entire house.
2 He built the House of the Forest of Lebanon. Its length was a hundred cubits and its breadth fifty cubits and its height thirty cubits, and it was built on four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams on the pillars.


Where would you say your own heart is right now with regard to your priorities?

The House that the Lord is building today.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Ephesians 2:19-22
19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

1 Peter 2:4-5
4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 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.