Monday, May 7, 2012

The Morning After: A Temple Tour (1 Kings 7:13-51)


Any good building isn't complete until it has been furnished. That is what we find in 1 Kings 7:13-51. But it isn't just some good couches or desks, the furniture that Solomon had built for the temple was calculated for a very special purpose. In this section, we see two major pillars being built. We see a large casted metal tub called the Sea built. We see ten smaller basins of water built, including stands that they were to sit on. We also see utensils that are crafted to help in the offering of sacrifices. Each of these things mean something for our lives, even in 2012 in America. If you want to find out the detailed description of these things, you can find my notes HERE or listen to it HERE.

But there is one thing that I wanted to focus on in this blog post. And it is not the significance of the different objects that were made. I wanted to focus on the builder of these things.

Hiram from Tyre
The first thing that Solomon did was to get the most skilled metal maker he knew about to come to Jerusalem to help with the furniture. He selected Hiram from Tyre, whose dad had obviously taught him the trade of bronze making. But his father had passed away. His mom was a Jew from the tribe of Naphtali, which means that Hiram was part Jewish. He was full of wisdom, understanding, and skill for making things with bronze. But don't think for a minute that it was just all natural. It came from hard work. It came from trial and error. It came from working his tail off. But the result was that he was really good at his job.

You never know when or how God is going to use the talents and abilities that He has given you for His glory. If you think about it, Hiram is simply working and perfecting his gifts and abilities that God had given him when all of a sudden the King of Israel comes calling. 

That should be us. We should be seeking to work hard at perfecting our trade. It does not really matter if you are a teacher, a construction worker, a banker, an accountant, or a salesman. Neither does it matter if you are a store owner, a writer, a computer consultant, a doctor, a student, or a nurse. What matters is that we seek to be the best that we can be in our trade. We should be seeking to maximize our giftedness. When we do, we never know where or what door God might open up for us in the future.

Maybe you feel like you can't do anything in life. The only job you can land is sweeping floors at the local factory. Well, be the best broom sweeper there has ever been. When you are, you never know how God may use the giftedness that He has given you for His glory. 

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