1 Kings -20
The Oracle, The
#1. Neither Hammer Nor Axe (1Kings6:7, Eph 2:9)
#2. Not With Silver or Gold (Jer 31:3, 1 Pet -19. John 10:26-28)
#3. Be Ye Separate (1Pet , 2Cor -18, John )
open your Bibles to the prophecy of 1st Kings 6:1 (2X). This is the
chapter where we read how the temple in
An Oracle is a "saving from God".
Any message from God is an Oracle. In the OT, the place where God spoke
His words also came to be called "The Oracle". And thus, the
Holy of Holies, in the temple, where the Ark of the Covenant was placed, where
God spoke from between the two Cherubim on top of the
1 Ki 6:1 And it came to pass
in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of
come out of the
which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD.
1 Ki 6:2 And the house which king Solomon built for the LORD, the length thereof was threescore
cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits.
1 Ki 6:3 And the porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits was the length thereof,
according to the breadth of the house; and ten cubits was the breadth thereof before the house.
1 Ki 6:4 And for the house he made windows of narrow lights.
1 Ki 6:5 And against the wall of the house he built chambers round about, against the wails of the
house round about, both of the temple and of the oracle: and he made chambers round about:
1 Ki 6:6 The nethermost chamber was five cubits broad, and the middle was six cubits broad, and the
third was seven cubits broad: for without in the wall of the house he made narrowed rests round
about, that the beams should not be fastened in the walls of the house.
Thus, it was a building that was about 90 feet deep, and 30 feet wide, and it was about 45 feet high. Today we have houses in suburbia that are this large, and some are even larger, but not with the lavish interior of Solomon's temple. In addition, there were chambers built round about this building that were built up three stories high. The lowest story was 714 feet wide, the middle story was 9 feet wide, and the top story was 10/4 feet wide. The reason for these differences in width was because the walls were thicker at the bottom than they were at the top. The walls had to be much stronger at the bottom than at the top. Much craftsmanship was needed during the construction of this temple. For example, there were neither hammers nor axes heard during the construction.
#1. Neither Hammer Nor Axe (1 Kings 6:7, Eph 2:9). We read in verse 7,
1Ki 6:7 And 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.
Every stone was precut to size and
shape so that each stone fit perfectly in place. We do not read of any
mortar that was being used in this building. The stones were shaped such that
they interlocked with each other. The wooden beams interlocked with each
other, and the panels of cedar wood also were put in place without hammering.
This required a great deal of preparation. Solomon employed 153,600
men for 7 years just to build the temple and finish the work. Just imagine
that all the male workers in the city of
1 Ki And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying,
1Ki 6:12 Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep ail my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father:
1 Ki And I will dwell among the children of
Can this be true? Does God dwell in temples made with
hands? God did not specifically say that He will dwell in this temple, but it is
implied. It is "as if God would personally be in their midst, and
"as if He was
dwelling in the temple that was in their midst. There are many verses in the OT
that point to this. For example, you remember the sermon of last week started
with Psalm 80:1, "Give ear, O Shepherd of
Now God speaks about the oracle, the most holy place in the temple, because there is where God was believed to dwell "between the cherubim" above the Ark of the Covenant.
1Ki And he built twenty cubits on the sides of the house, both the floor and the walls with boards
of cedar: he even built them for it within, even for the oracle, even for the most holy place.
1 Ki And the house, that is, the temple before it, was forty cubits long.
1 Ki And the cedar of the house within was carved with knops and open flowers: all was cedar;
there was no stone seen.
1Ki -20 And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to set there the ark of the covenant of the
LORD. And the oracle in the forepart was twenty cubits in length, and twenty cubits in breadth, and twenty cubits in the height thereof: and he overlaid it with pure gold; and so covered the altar, which was of cedar.
1Ki So Solomon overlaid the house within with pure gold: and he made a partition by the chains
of gold before the oracle; and he overlaid it with gold.
1 Ki And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the house: also the
whole altar that was by the oracle he overlaid with gold.
First, the entire interior of the
temple was covered with cedar, and then all the cedar was covered with gold.
What could this mean? Cedar is strong and durable. Many houses in
#2. Not With Silver or Gold (Jer31:3, 1 Pet 1:18-19, John 10:26-28)
We have not been bought back with earthly
silver or with gold, but by the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus
Christ. This is the meaning of the blood of Christ. Please turn in your
Bibles to the Epistle of 1Pet (2X). Here, in 1Pet, Chap 1 we can
compare the earthly temple in
1Pe Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1 Pe But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1Pe Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
In 16th century English: "We were redeemed from our vain conversation". In 21st century English: "We were delivered from the sinful life that we lived". And how were we delivered? God bought us back so that we became one of His sheep. He did not buy us back with silver or gold, since these are corruptible things, which will be burned up at the end of the world, but He bought us back with the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. How did we happen to live the sinful life that we lived? It was received by tradition from our fathers, such as Adam, and anyone else of our fathers between Adam and now. We learned from our direct fathers by imitation, but the reason why we liked it was because our father Adam gave us this sinful body, and thus we really like our sins. But Christ bought us back, by substituting for us before the Judgment throne of God. Christ paid the penalty for our sins in our place. He was the Lamb of God, without blemish and without spot. And He was foreordained before the foundation of the world to suffer and die in our place for our sins. It means that our sins were also in God's view before the foundation of the world, and it means that everybody's sins were also in God's view before the foundation of the world. But Christ did not suffer and die for everybody's sins. He specifically chose to pay for the sins of those who were His sheep. The Lord Jesus said to the unbelieving Jews in John 10:26-28, "But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish". When He gave us eternal life, we became aware that this was an oracle from God. We became aware of it because God came to dwell in our soul. This is:
This is where God dwells here on earth, in the souls of those whom He saved, by first having Christ pay for our sins, and then by applying that payment to our life at the time that fit God's plan. Is that not glorious? But it will get even more glorious. Please turn in your Bibles to almost the last page of your Bible, to Rev 21:9 (2X). When the Last Day of this earth has come, and God has given everybody a new immortal body, and when God has destroyed this earth, and God has judged and removed all the wicked from our sight, then He will take us up into a place that is called the NH&NE. And there God will show us the complete set of all the saints. It is impossible to describe it in terms of this universe what God is showing us in the next universe, where all the laws of nature are different. Literally, we have no words for it, because everything we will see and everything we will do is literally out of this world. That is why God described it to us in the form of a parable. He said in Rev 21:9,
Re 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
Re And he carried me away in the spirit to
a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy
Re 21:11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
All the saints together are called "the bride, the Lamb's wife". She is called "the bride" and at the same time "the Lamb's wife" because we will be celebrating a wedding feast which will continue into eternity future. When God describes the New Jerusalem He describes it in a parable. The Bride of Christ, or the body of believers, or all the OT and NT saints together, does not look like an earthly city and it does not look like a gigantic Jasper stone. These are earthly representations of something that God describes as super glorious. But look now at the dimensions of that city. Drop down to verse 15.
Re And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
Re And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
Here is a cube of 12000 furlongs on each side; it is not important how long 12000 furlongs are. The main thing is that this is a cube where God promised He would dwell. We read in Rev 21:3 (2X),
Re 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Therefore, the NH&NE is not another planet earth where we are, and a heaven above it where God dwells. NO! It is a place all right, but God will dwell with us, in the same place, which is called the NH & NE. At the same time, God describes it as a cube of 12000 furlongs where God dwells with man and among man. Does this not remind us of another cube, the Holy of Holies in the temple, where God promised to dwell? This was the cube that was called the Oracle, and it was 20 cubits in length, 20 cubits in breadth, and 20 cubits in height. God dwelt there, represented by the Ark of the Covenant, which was placed there. God approved of it, as demonstrated by the fire from the Lord when Solomon offered a burnt offering at the completion of the temple. And so. we have come full circle back to the Oracle, or the Holy of Holies, or the most holy place. There God spoke oracles from between the two cherubim. The NT uses the word oracle only in the plural form. What are:
In the NT, the Oracles of God refer to
the Scriptures. Please turn in your Bibles to the Acts of the
Apostles (2X). In Acts, chap 7 Stephen, one of the 7 deacons of the church
Ac 7:37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me: him shall ye hear.
Ac This is he (Moses), that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
The prophet, whom God raised up, like
unto Moses, was the Lord Jesus Christ. Then Moses received "the lively
oracles" to give to the children of
Ac But Solomon built him an house.
Ac Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands: as saith the prophet,
Ac Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?
Ac Hath not MY hand made ail these things?
God takes full credit for all the building efforts of Solomon.
God says that His hand has made all these things. God made the temple in
#3, Be Ye Separate (1Pet , 2Cor6:14-18. John 8:44)
Please turn in your Bibles to the 2nd Epistle to the Corinthians (2X). God says in 1Pet , "Be ye holy, for I am holy", or "Be ye separate, for I am separate". In what way is God separate? God is separate from other gods. God does not mingle with other gods. God is set apart by Himself, and He demands from us that we set ourselves apart from those who will draw us away from God. He demands that from us because we have become the dwelling place of God. He says in 2Cor6:14,
2Co Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?
2Co And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
2Co And what agreement hath the
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
We must not be unequally yoked with
unbelievers. If a Christian girl meets a boy who is of a different persuasion, and he insists that
his religion is best, then she should not try to win him over for Christ, because in that way she would be
violating what God has stated here in verses 14-16. Do not try to find loopholes by making your fiancé
your evangelism ground. God says in verse 15, "What agreement has Christ with Satan?" An
unsaved individual is still in the hands of Satan. The Lord Jesus said to them in John 8:44. "Ye are of your father the devil".
If you get married to an unsaved individual, then your father in law is
the devil. This can never be a happy marriage. Moreover, your children will be drawn away to follow the
devil. Then they will marry unsaved spouses and so your entire
posterity will remain
unsaved. The term
"unequally yoked" also
applies to business relationships. We should not imagine that
we would receive a fair treatment from those business partners who are in the clutches of
Satan. You know that Satan hates you, and thus he will try his level best to harm you in any way he can.
Your business relationship may be sailing smoothly for the first few years, but when troubles start
everything will be falling apart. The term "unequally yoked" also applies to your place of worship. If
you are a member of a church that has become a different gospel, then you are worshipping in a
temple dedicated to the worship of devils. God says in verse 17, "Wherefore come out from
among them, and be ye separate". God's command to us is that we come out from among them. Leaving that
church will be pleasing to God. If you stay, trying to convert someone, you will be swallowed up in
their cesspool of unrighteousness. God's command to us is that we must remember
that, we are the