Four years into his reign, King Solomon started building God’s temple, a peculiar building, from start to finish. It was the Lord’s own house, planned, directed, and modeled by him. The first earthly building totally dedicated to God and devoted to his honor, giving it a special sort of beauty.
And one of the most interesting things is that they put it together in total silence. They erected the temple without making any noise at the building site, and that silence speaks loudly.
“Solomon’s temple is the most wonderful and interesting building in the world’s history. It was ‘the mysterious centre of Israel.’ It was far more to Israel than the Vatican is to Rome. It was, so long as it stood, God’s only earthly palace and temple. The Pyramids of Egypt were old when it was built, and they show no signs of decay. Solomon’s temple utterly perished after four centuries. Greek and Roman artists have given the laws of beautiful and stately architecture to the world, but no one has ever dreamed of copying, in any respect, the sacred building at Jerusalem. Brunellesehi’s dome at Florence, St. Peter’s at Rome, the Milan Cathedral are almost miracles of daring genius and patient toil. The temple was in comparison a homely and plain building in its style. Its size was, as compared with these, small and insignificant. Yet God in a peculiar sense was its architect. He filled it with His glory. ‘His eyes and His heart were there’.” (Biblical Illustrator by Monday Club Sermons; CC0.)
Harsh and violent sounds were out-of-place in this divine building, so the workers formed each piece at separate preparation sites. Yet when brought together at the building site, they fit with perfect precision. A feat unparalleled in architectural history.
When the house was built, it was with stone prepared at the quarry, so that neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron was heard in the house while it was being built, (1 Kings 6:7).
God often works his wonders and marvels in holy silence.
He created the heavens, the earth, and all that is in them without a lot of noise and clamor. And he continues his work, both in nature and in the spirit, so silently that we sometimes scarcely realize he is at work.
Solomon’s temple was erected in silence, and that silence speaks loudly. And God is building in the same way today…
In quiet stillness, he instills his presence and holiness, making our heart a reverent and holy dwelling place for his Spirit. In ways that are far beyond our comprehension.
Quiet and silence become and befriend God’s Work.
Enemies destroyed Solomon’s temple with axes, hammers, and a roar (Psalm 74:4-6). But the building of it took place in silence.
Our hearts are God’s dwelling place today.
Places from which God wants his glory and goodness to shine out. Through lives that show his love, his mercy, his holiness.
And we can do this without a lot of noise and clamor. Without sounding a trumpet call, “Look at me! I’m a Christian!”
If others can’t tell I’m a Christian by the way I treat them, by the stewardship I have toward my money and things, by the pleasant words on my tongue — then perhaps I’d best keep my mouth shut.
God is building me, and you, in silence. He’s changing us quietly on the inside. So that what comes out will softly show the work he’s done. So that, just as with the temple, others can sense God’s presence.
The people felt God’s presence in the temple. As though his heart and his eyes were looking into and out of it.
Do others sense God’s presence through the quiet work he is doing in our hearts too?