Then Solomon began to build the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David. It was on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the place provided by David. 2 He began building on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign.
3 The foundation Solomon laid for building the temple of God was sixty cubits long and twenty cubits wide (using the cubit of the old standard). 4 The portico at the front of the temple was twenty cubits long across the width of the building and twenty cubits high.
He overlaid the inside with pure gold. 5 He paneled the main hall with juniper and covered it with fine gold and decorated it with palm tree and chain designs. 6 He adorned the temple with precious stones. And the gold he used was gold of Parvaim.7 He overlaid the ceiling beams, doorframes, walls and doors of the temple with gold, and he carved cherubim on the walls.
Look up Mount Moriah, and you will see it is considered one of the most hotly contested places on earth – holy in the eyes of Christians, Jews and Muslims. On the top of Mount Moriah in Jerusalem is the site where Solomon built the temple, but Mount Moriah’s significance goes back to Genesis, chapter 22. This is where God commanded Abraham to take his only son, Isaac, to be offered as a burnt offering. Abraham bound Isaac and was ready, knife in hand, to do as God commanded, when God’s angel intervened and gave him a ram to sacrifice instead. Abraham named this place with words meaning, “The Lord will provide,” and God established a covenant with Abraham and his descendents.
It was around a thousand years later that King David bought this area that had been used for a threshing floor in order to build an altar to God. Then Solomon built the temple to God. That temple was destroyed by the Babylonian armies, and rebuilt following the exile. It was destroyed again in 70 AD. All that is left is the Western Wall, known as the Wailing Wall.
Prophecy in Daniel says a third temple will be built on that site, even though that area is now controlled by Muslims. We cannot see now the plans God has – for the temple and for God’s Judgment in the Last Days. All we can do is put our trust in Him and His Word. “God’s will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
God of power and might, your will reigns supreme, even if we cannot see its entirety. Obstacles that seem insurmountable to us will be revealed in your perfect time. We give to you today our problems and concerns, trusting that you will find a way through them. Strengthen us in trust, in hope, and in your power, to believe you can accomplish what we cannot now see. All praise is yours, in Jesus Christ. Amen.