Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of I Kings Chapter 7
Metaphysically Interpreting I Kings 7:1-12
7:1And Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house. 7:2For he built the house of the forest of Lebanon; the length thereof was a hundred cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits, upon four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars. 7:3And it was covered with cedar above over the forty and five beams, that were upon the pillars; fifteen in a row. 7:4And there were beams in three rows, and window was over against window in three ranks. 7:5And all the doors and posts were made square with beams: and window was over against window in three ranks.
7:6And he made the porch of pillars; the length thereof was fifty cubits, and the breadth thereof thirty cubits; and a porch before them; and pillars and a threshold before them.
7:9All these were of costly stones, even of hewn stone, according to measure, sawed with saws, within and without, even from the foundation unto the coping, and so on the outside unto the great court. 7:10And the foundation was of costly stones, even great stones, stones of ten cubits, and stones of eight cubits. 7:11And above were costly stones, even hewn stone, according to measure, and cedar-wood. 7:12And the great court round about had three courses of hewn stone, and a course of cedar beams; like as the inner court of the house of Jehovah, and the porch of the house.
Metaphysically Interpreting I Kings 7:13-51
7:13And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre. 7:14He was the son of a widow of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass; and he was filled with wisdom and understanding and skill, to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.
7:15For he fashioned the two pillars of brass, eighteen cubits high apiece: and a line of twelve cubits compassed either of them about. 7:16And he made two capitals of molten brass, to set upon the tops of the pillars: the height of the one capital was five cubits, and the height of the other capital was five cubits. 7:17There were nets of checker-work, and wreaths of chain-work, for the capitals which were upon the top of the pillars; seven for the one capital, and seven for the other capital. 7:18So he made the pillars; and there were two rows round about upon the one network, to cover the capitals that were upon the top of the pillars: and so did he for the other capital. 7:19And the capitals that were upon the top of the pillars in the porch were of lily-work, four cubits. 7:20And there were capitals above also upon the two pillars, close by the belly which was beside the network: and the pomegranates were two hundred, in rows round about upon the other capital. 7:21And he set up the pillars at the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin; and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz. 7:22And upon the top of the pillars was lily-work: so was the work of the pillars finished.
7:23And he made the molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and the height thereof was five cubits; and a line of thirty cubits compassed it round about. 7:24And under the brim of it round about there were knops which did compass it, for ten cubits, compassing the sea round about: the knops were in two rows, cast when it was cast. 7:25It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east; and the sea was set upon them above, and all their hinder parts were inward. 7:26And it was a handbreadth thick: and the brim thereof was wrought like the brim of a cup, like the flower of a lily: it held two thousand baths.
7:27And he made the ten bases of brass; four cubits was the length of one base, and four cubits the breadth thereof, and three cubits the height of it. 7:28And the work of the bases was on this manner: they had panels; and there were panels between the ledges; 7:29and on the panels that were between the ledges were lions, oxen, and cherubim; and upon the ledges there was a pedestal above; and beneath the lions and oxen were wreaths of hanging work. 7:30And every base had four brazen wheels, and axles of brass; and the four feet thereof had undersetters: beneath the laver were the undersetters molten, with wreaths at the side of each. 7:31And the mouth of it within the capital and above was a cubit: and the mouth thereof was round after the work of a pedestal, a cubit and a half; and also upon the mouth of it were gravings, and their panels were foursquare, not round. 7:32And the four wheels were underneath the panels; and the axletrees of the wheels were in the base: and the height of a wheel was a cubit and half a cubit. 7:33And the work of the wheels was like the work of a chariot wheel: their axletrees, and their felloes, and their spokes, and their naves, were all molten. 7:34And there were four undersetters at the four corners of each base: the undersetters thereof were of the base itself. 7:35And in the top of the base was there a round compass half a cubit high; and on the top of the base the stays thereof and the panels thereof were of the same.7:36And on the plates of the stays thereof, and on the panels thereof, he graved cherubim, lions, and palm-trees, according to the space of each, with wreaths round about. 7:37After this manner he made the ten bases: all of them had one casting, one measure, and one form.
7:38And he made ten lavers of brass: one laver contained forty baths; and every laver was four cubits; and upon very one of the ten bases one laver. 7:39And he set the bases, five on the right side of the house, and five on the left side of the house: and he set the sea on the right side of the house eastward, toward the south.
7:40And Hiram made the lavers, and the shovels, and the basins. So Hiram made an end of doing all the work that he wrought for king Solomon in the house of Jehovah: 7:41the two pillars, and the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars; and the two networks to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars; 7:42and the four hundred pomegranates for the two networks; two rows of pomegranates for each network, to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were upon the pillars; 7:43and the ten bases, and the ten lavers on the bases; 7:44and the one sea, and the twelve oxen under the sea;
7:45and the pots, and the shovels, and the basins: even all these vessels, which Hiram made for king Solomon, in the house of Jehovah, were of burnished brass. 7:46In the plain of the Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarethan. 7:47And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because they were exceeding many: the weight of the brass could not be found out.
7:48And Solomon made all the vessels that were in the house of Jehovah: the golden altar, and the table whereupon the showbread was, of gold; 7:49and the candlesticks, five on the right side, and five on the left, before the oracle, of pure gold; and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, of gold; 7:50and the cups, and the snuffers, and the basins, and the spoons, and the firepans, of pure gold; and the hinges, both for the doors of the inner house, the most holy place, and for the doors of the house, to wit, of the temple, of gold.
7:51Thus all the work that king Solomon wrought in the house of Jehovah was finished. And Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated, even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, and put them in the treasuries of the house of Jehovah.
May 6, 1945: I Kings 7:51
What form of peace is indispensable to normal living? Peace of mind and heart. Peace in the outer world promotes inner peace and is highly desirable, but its absence does not have so disastrous an effect on the individual as the loss of his peace of mind or inner serenity.
What is the significance of Solomon's building the Temple in Jerusalem? The name Jerusalem means “habitation of peace,” and the name Solomon means “peace.” Solomon knew how to keep peace in his kingdom, and his doing so made it possible for him to build the Temple. As we achieve peace of mind we too build our life structure on the center of peace that we establish in ourselves.
Why could not David build the Temple? Because he was a man of war, and peace based on strife or conquest does not endure.
May 6, 1945: I Kings 7:51
The importance of peace in the inner life cannot be overestimated. Given peace of mind, we are able to stand firm in the midst of turbulent conditions and circumstances and to accomplish something constructive, even if not all that we could accomplish under favorable conditions. But when peace of mind is lost, when the inner center of calm itself becomes a whirlpool of seething unrest, constructive work is impossible.
The name Solomon means “peace,” and the reign of this king marked the highest period in the Jewish people's history. The reign of Saul and that of David alike were filled with wars and strife in general. Solomon learned the value of appeasing or placating potential enemies and used his wisdom in this respect to insure the peace of his realm. He made alliances with the rulers of Egypt and other powerful ruling families by intermarrying with them. The peace thus gained gave him leisure to build the Temple of Jehovah.
Nonresistance is a wise rule of conduct, but we should not compromise with evil or call it good masquerading under another name in order to gain it. Solomon's alliances with the heathen nations surrounding him led him into idolatry and his country to partition and decline in power. We too divide our powers and lose our effectiveness when we allow ourselves latitude in sense consciousness. “One thing,” and that [is] the consciousness of the Christ should be our continuing aim.
– UNITY magazine.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 02-05-2014