The Beauty Within

Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to David his father, at the place that David had appointed, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. He began to build in the second month of the fourth year of his reign. These are Solomon’s measurements for building the house of God: the length, in cubits of the old standard, was sixty cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits. The vestibule in front of the nave of the house was twenty cubits long, equal to the width of the house, and its height was 120 cubits. He overlaid it on the inside with pure gold. The nave he lined with cypress and covered it with fine gold and made palms and chains on it. He adorned the house with settings of precious stones. The gold was gold of Parvaim. So he lined the house with gold—its beams, its thresholds, its walls, and its doors—and he carved cherubim on the walls. 2 Chronicles 3:1-7.

There are so many artist’s renditions of Solomon’s Temple that it is hard to say exactly what it looked like. Let it suffice to say that however grand the outside was, it was humble compared to the inside. And this should be a comfort to us, for our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. And no matter how humble we appear on the outside, He had designed us to be beautiful and full of riches in the inside. It should also encourage us to show it by how we act.

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