2 Chronicles 4

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The Temple’s Furnishings

He made a bronze altar twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide and ten cubits high. He made the Sea of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubits high. It took a line of thirty cubits to measure around it. Below the rim, figures of bulls encircled it—ten to a cubit. The bulls were cast in two rows in one piece with the Sea.

The Sea stood on twelve bulls, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south and three facing east. The Sea rested on top of them, and their hindquarters were toward the center. It was a handbreadth in thickness, and its rim was like the rim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It held three thousand baths.

He then made ten basins for washing and placed five on the south side and five on the north. In them the things to be used for the burnt offerings were rinsed, but the Sea was to be used by the priests for washing.

He made ten gold lampstands according to the specifications for them and placed them in the temple, five on the south side and five on the north.

He made ten tables and placed them in the temple, five on the south side and five on the north. He also made a hundred gold sprinkling bowls.

He made the courtyard of the priests, and the large court and the doors for the court, and overlaid the doors with bronze. 10 He placed the Sea on the south side, at the southeast corner.

11 And Huram also made the pots and shovels and sprinkling bowls.

So Huram finished the work he had undertaken for King Solomon in the temple of God:

12 the two pillars;

the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;

the two sets of network decorating the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;

13 the four hundred pomegranates for the two sets of network (two rows of pomegranates for each network, decorating the bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars);

14 the stands with their basins;

15 the Sea and the twelve bulls under it;

16 the pots, shovels, meat forks and all related articles.

All the objects that Huram-Abi made for King Solomon for the temple of the Lord were of polished bronze. 17 The king had them cast in clay molds in the plain of the Jordan between Sukkoth and Zarethan. 18 All these things that Solomon made amounted to so much that the weight of the bronze could not be calculated.

19 Solomon also made all the furnishings that were in God’s temple:

the golden altar;

the tables on which was the bread of the Presence;

20 the lampstands of pure gold with their lamps, to burn in front of the inner sanctuary as prescribed;

21 the gold floral work and lamps and tongs (they were solid gold);

22 the pure gold wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, dishes and censers; and the gold doors of the temple: the inner doors to the Most Holy Place and the doors of the main hall.

Go Deeper

This chapter continues on with the detailed narrative of how the temple was constructed, down to specific dimensions and the furniture that was built specifically for the temple. Solomon was building according to the plan that had been passed down by God to his father (King David) and, as we read in previous chapters, no expense was spared. The temple was so much more than a building to be half heartedly cobbled together. It was a place of worship–a place where people could worship and experience God (both individually and collectively). 

Imagine the blood, sweat, and tears that went into the construction of such a place. It is thought that the temple took seven years to build! Everything had been thought through and meticulously built, from the bronze altar (34 feet long, 34 feet wide, and 17 feet high) down to the golden wick trimmers. What makes such labor intensive, grueling work worth doing? At the end of the day, it all comes down to the motivation and the heart behind why you do what you do. The construction of the temple had an important purpose. People would encounter God there! Solomon understood that. A theme throughout the scriptures is the importance of diligence (and the dangers of laziness). God calls us to work (and work well) and when we do, He is ultimately glorified in that.

While the temple was the place to meet God back then, we know that things are different now for believers in Jesus. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we have the Spirit of God living inside of us. The Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 6, even describes our bodies as a temple of the Holy Spirit. We are no longer limited to a finite space full of elaborate bronze and gold furnishings, but instead we have the Spirit living inside of us. As we go about our days today, ask God to use you (through the Spirit inside you) as a way for people to encounter Him today.


  1. What first stuck out to you as you read this chapter? Why?
  2. Do you find yourself lacking purpose in the work that you do (whatever it might be)? How can you focus today on glorifying God through the work that you do today?
  3. With the Spirit living inside of us, we are able to interact with God all throughout the day. How can you be more mindful of that as you go about your day today?

a Quote

Check out this quote from Tim Keller’s book Every Good Endeavor on work:

“Everyone will be forgotten, nothing we do will make any difference, and all good endeavors, even the best, will come to naught. 

Unless there is God. If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a True Reality beneath and behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavor, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God’s calling, can matter forever.”

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3 thoughts on “2 Chronicles 4”

  1. Mr Kellers last statement in the above quote really sealed my BR up for me today. “If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a True Reality beneath and behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavor, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God’s calling, can matter forever.”
    This is from the Utmost High “When God changes you through regeneration, giving you new life through spiritual rebirth, your life initially has the characteristic of being maimed. There are a hundred and one things that you dare not do— things that would be sin for you, and would be recognized as sin by those who really know you. But the unspiritual people around you will say, “What’s so wrong with doing that? How absurd you are!” There has never yet been a saint who has not lived a maimed life initially. Yet it is better to enter into life maimed but lovely in God’s sight than to appear lovely to man’s eyes but lame to God’s. At first, Jesus Christ through His Spirit has to restrain you from doing a great many things that may be perfectly right for everyone else but not right for you. Yet, see that you don’t use your restrictions to criticize someone else.”
    God has a reason for all His details. For the details He gave for every jot and tittle ( https://www.gotquestions.org/jot-tittle.html). Our job is to obey, not just when it is comfortable but all the time, even when we don’t see what is to come on the other side and even if we do “know” what is going to happen. OBEDIENCE!!

    God thank You that I obey in every DETAIL of my life for You. I desire to do Your will. Thank You for my selfishness to be overcome and I choose what I know is what You desire for me to do. God, I am so amazed Your detail in this earth You created. I am so thankful for Your Word You have given us with all the detail that is in it. Lead me, guide me and continue to show me who You are and how I can be of service to You in Jesus name amen.

  2. Ella Snodgrass

    King Solomon carried out the specifications carefully, and the end results were spectacular. Up until this point, God had met with his people in a tent, now he would meet them in in a grand Temple. Keep in mind this was God’s idea previously revealed to King David. Only the best materials and skilled workers were used. Surely God deserves our best. Just think what would happen if we surrendered our time, treasures, and talents for the glory of his name! Our best placed in his sovereign hands could change the world. What is holding us back?

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