There is a new home being built on the street right behind my house. Each day I wake to the sound of birds chirping and then…the hammers begin hammering. If you’ve ever been on a construction site, then you know how loud the bulldozers and saws and cranes and other power tools can be.
And so when I read 1 Kings 6, I was struck with awe as Solomon’s magnificent temple was being built…in silence!
Can you imagine? Some estimate Solomon’s temple to have been worth, in today’s value, over $216 Billion! That’s A LOT of stone and timber being made to fit — in a quarry off site!
15 Solomon also had 70,000 burden-bearers and 80,000 stonecutters in the hill country, 16 besides Solomon’s 3,300 chief officers who were...