Building the temple, finally they get to scratch that itch after all the preparations David put in.
Solomon writes to the king of Tyre for materials, and you get his description. He says it’s to be the best temple because God is the best God.
But then he says he can’t possibly build a house for God, who even the heavens cannot contain, so really it’s just a sacrifice place.
It the right thing to say, but the tangible reality of the temple makes our brains struggle to remember that we are the temple.
Our creativity for God is so easy to fall in love with. Our buildings are done for God, but they help us fall in love with earth. With monuments.
They imply eternity, but they distract from eternity.
He conscripts foreigners in Israel to work on it in slave camps. That’s a warning red light I think, it’s not the picture of their society we got from Deuteronomy.
Eg ch 10: God “…loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.”
Solomon is treating them as the Egyptians did, enslaving them to make his monuments.
I’ve read this story before, essentially Kings 2. These high notes before the sad decline have these flaws already.
I do love our sandstone church on glebe point road, but it’s built on land that there is still no treaty for, it stands for and against God.