â€œAnd the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.â€ (1 Kings 6:7)
Here is a remarkable testimony to the engineering and construction skills of the ancients. In order to erect the magnificent temple of Solomon, every portion was so carefully fabricated, far away from the construction site, that the building could be completely erected in reverent silence.
Furthermore, the stones were not small and rough. â€œThey brought great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the houseâ€ (1 Kings 5:17). They were quarried from limestone beds beneath the city and had to be fabricated and brought to the temple site, all ready to be laid in place. â€œAnd Solomonâ€™s builders and Hiramâ€™s builders did hew them, and the stonesquarersâ€ (1 Kings 5:18).
In both its unique beauty and its silent assemblage, the temple is a striking type of the spiritual temple now being erected by the Holy Spirit. â€œNow therefore ye are . . . built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord; In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spiritâ€ (Ephesians 2:19-22).
In this spiritual temple, each new believer is a costly stone, carefully cut from the worldâ€™s dark quarry, then silently placed in the growing structure by the Holy Spirit on the foundation of Jesus Christ, â€œto whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual houseâ€ (1 Peter 2:4-5). â€œKnow ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?â€ (1 Corinthians 3:16). HMM