Ecclesiastes 9-12, 1 Kings 5-8 & Song Of Songs 1&2- It's all about Jesus!!
Ecclesiastes has a lot of choice morsels I could comment on, but for some reason, I am really drawn to ponder that temple Solomon built for the Lord.
Way back in Exodus (chs. 35-40), Moses got the instructions from the Lord on how to build the tabernacle, (the portable tent/temple), that was broken down and set up every time the Israelites moved and changed camp sites. When it was built, "the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle" (Exodus 40:34)
The directions were soooo specific!
And now, 480 years later (1 Kings 6:1) Solomon is given the task of following the careful instructions as well. Why were the instructions so specific?.....Because the temple specifications represented heavenly things!
Romans 8:5 says, "They (the priests) serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”
I find that so interesting!
So...is there a temple in heaven?....Nope!
The temple is actually a pattern of the spiritual reality of Christ's sacrifice (according to a commentary I read). Basically it's foreshadowing Christ! That's why it needed to be so specific! God has a specific plan of redemption for his people. There is only one way!
Solomon was right when he said, "Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!" (8:27)
The temple doesn't contain God, but it certainly points to Christ.
That explains God saying, (in our reading in 1 Kings we will be getting back to in a couple days), "My eyes and my heart will be there for all time." (9:3). God's eyes and heart are always on Jesus. The plan for Jesus to be the ultimate sacrifice was the plan from the beginning of time, the plan with the temple and the plan for us!
It's all about Jesus and what he did!! That is so cool to ponder when reading 1 Kings and the description of the temple, don't you think?!!