Read: 1 Kings 5:2-6:38; Acts 7:1-29; Psalm 127:1-5; Proverbs 16:28-30
God blessed Hiram with an understanding heart and discernment to know who to trust and Hiram was one of them. Hiram was the king of Tyre who had a land full of pine trees and men that knew how to fell them. It was time to build the temple of the Lord so Solomon traded wheat and oil for lumber. His men worked with Hiram’s to cut the trees that were floated down the river to Jerusalem. Thirty thousand men were chosen to do the work of the temple. Some of them worked with Hiram’s men to fell the trees and some carried the stones for the foundation. Thirty-three hundred men supervised the work.
The temple was built with timber and stones. Timber stands for men and stones stand for the Word of God. The temple of God is built of the Word and people. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. In 2 Corinthians 6:16 it says…”for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
In Acts, we hear Stephen’s testimony for his false charges. His charges were blasphemy against the temple and the law. He was accused of wanting to change the customs of Moses and destroy the temple. Stephen’s defense began with an account of the history of the nation of Israel starting with Abraham. He was trying to open their eyes to their destiny.
It is good to know our history and our heritage to know where we were from to know where we are going. Gifts and talents are inherited and passed down. How we live will determine the future of our posterity.
Lord, help us to live for our future generations.