Out with the Old, In with the New

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), May 22

imagesThe furnishings made for the Tent of Meeting by the craftsmen under Moses’ leadership are nearly five hundred years old and probably a bit shabby when Solomon builds the temple. A new temple requires new furnishings.

Therefore, Solomon commissions Huram of Tyre to construct and decorate new furnishings, plus a pillar to stand on each side of the Temple’s entry. Each pillar is named: Jakin, the name of the south pillar, means “He establishes,” and Boaz, the name of the north pillar, means “In Him is strength.” The pillars at the Temple’s entry testify to God’s promised security and strength for Israel as long as they follow and obey Him. In addition, Huram constructs some bronze furnishings:

  • Ten ornately decorated carts used by the priests
  • A bronze laver for washing that utterly dwarfs the laver used by the priests at the tabernacle
  • Ten work stations with water basins stationed on top, where the priests are to prepare the offering

Huram creates other furnishings out of gold:

  • Shovels and bowls
  • The altar
  • The table of showbread
  • The lamb stands
  • The basins, trimmers, bowls, ladles, and censers
  • The door hinges to the inner room and to the main hall of the temple

This story resembles Jesus’s statement regarding new wine skins, “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better’” (Lk. 5:36). The size, beauty, and permanence of the temple require large and ornate furnishings. This temple and its furnishings will last nearly 400 years.

This story reveals a number of truths about the temporal and eternal, the old and the new:

  • Nothing built in time lasts for eternity.

  • Nothing that bears the name of the LORD should be second rate.

  • Replacing the worn out with the new is practical, but it also requires relinquishing the old.

Questions from today’s chronological Bible reading (1 Kings 7:1-51; 2 Chronicles 3:15-4:22):
Solomon spends seven years constructing the temple and thirteen years building his own house. What does this reveal about the house that he builds?
What pattern does Hiram use for creating the new furnishings? What does this reveal about the design given by God to Moses in the wilderness?