"The Value of the Temple of God"
BIBLE READING: 1 Kings 5-6, 2 Chronicles 2-3
It must have been exciting? I mean to witness the building of the first Temple; it must have been something that people came from miles around to see. When you add up the number of workers that were drafted to help construct the Temple, it comes to an astounding 183,300 men. By way of contrast, it only took 18,000 people to build Wilson Dam and only 21,000 to build Hoover Dam. In all, it took twenty years (I Kings 9.10) to complete, and by today’s standards, just the gold and silver would be valued at $216,603,576,000. However, when considering the value of the Temple of God, that number doesn’t come close to the value of God’s Temple today. Today, the Spirit of God lives within us (I Corinthians 6.19). We are the Temple of God and although we may not look like much, due to the sin that is within us, we are worth exponentially more than what Solomon’s Temple was worth. As a matter of fact, we are the most valuable thing this world has to offer. That fact can be a hard concept to grasp, when we consider all of our flaws. Paul says that God has placed his treasure in “jars of clay” (2 Corinthians 4.7). It isn’t what’s on the outside that has the value, but what is on the inside that is worth so much. As you read this description of Solomon’s Temple and try to wrap your imagination around how beautiful and valuable it is, don’t forget to stop and look in a mirror to see something that God considers much more valuable than that earthly Temple.