Of Kings and Peasants

“Now I have sent a skilled man, who has understanding, Huram-abi, the son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre. He is trained to work in gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone, and wood, and in purple, blue, and crimson fabrics and fine linen, and to do all sorts of engraving and execute any design that may be assigned him, with your craftsmen, the craftsmen of my lord, David your father. Now therefore the wheat and barley, oil and wine, of which my lord has spoken, let him send to his servants. And we will cut whatever timber you need from Lebanon and bring it to you in rafts by sea to Joppa, so that you may take it up to Jerusalem.”

Then Solomon counted all the resident aliens who were in the land of Israel, after the census of them that David his father had taken, and there were found 153,600. Seventy thousand of them he assigned to bear burdens, 80,000 to quarry in the hill country, and 3,600 as overseers to make the people work. 2 Chronicles 2:13-18.

Solomon and Hiram, king of Tyre, work out the details of getting timber and artisans for the temple construction. Then Solomon gets the grunt work done by the foreigners who live in Israel. This may be part of God’s plan to give His people rest, while the gentiles do the heavy lifting, but I really don’t know.

All I really know is that this temple will eventually be destroyed by Invaders, as part of God’s judgment when Israel goes whoring after idols. Our works, no matter how glorious, are only permanent if they are done in faithfulness to our God.

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