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A View from the Altar / Ever a lover of David
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Ever a lover of David

And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have considered the things which thou sentest to me for: and I will do all thy desire…   (1 Kings 5:8)

Hiram the Gentile king of Tyre is a fascinating type of the Gentile church, serving the son out of love for the father and supplying workers and materiel for building the house of God, which was Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem.

The question of a life’s work is most common among the young who are seeking direction.  Some are wise enough to see that you can’t always reboot life somewhere in the middle and try something new.  You’ve got to pick something early and go for it, and they want to pick something worthwhile, something smart, something that yields a sense of gravity now and promises genuine satisfaction later.  What could be more embarrassing than turning forty-something and realizing you’ve squandered your life?

The theme of building God’s house meanders its way throughout Scripture from almost the earliest times.  His house is to be the place of prayer for all nations (Mk 11:17), the moral and spiritual center for the whole human race.  Nimrod tried to pre-empt this at Babel only to be scattered by God’s intervention.  The lesson here is not just a matter of God’s putting down usurpers.  He will certainly do that as Nimrod himself would confirm if the dead could speak from hell.  But think about the brick layers, engineers, and stone cutters who wasted their lives building Babel only to have the project frustrated by divine appointment.  What of their lives?  Sure, they earned their bread for a day or a month or a year, but their lives were spent for nothing.

And then compare Hiram’s men whose work was vindicated by a miraculous act of God when it was dedicated:  “Now when Solomon had made an end of praying [his prayer of dedication], the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house.”  (2 Chron 7:1)

So, yeah… I want to get on that train.

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