2 Chronicles 3 Outline
– Solomon built the temple on the threshing place of Ornan on Mount Moriah (2 Chronicles 3:1-2)
– Solomon lay the foundation of the temple (2 Chronicles 3:3-4)
– The inside of the temple (2 Chronicles 2:5-7)
– The Most Holy Place (2 Chronicles 2:8-9)
– The pair of sculptured cherubims in the Most Holy Place (2 Chronicles 2:10-13)
– The yarn and linen curtain with cherubim worked into it (2 Chronicles 2:14)
– The two pillars in front of the temple (2 Chronicles 2:15-17)
2 Chronicles 3 Summary
The temple was built on Mount Moriah, on the threshing place of Ornan where David had designated to be where the temple is to be built. Solomon started to build the temple on the 2nd day of the 2nd month of the fourth year of his reign. The temple’s foundation was 60 cubits long and 20 cubits wide.
The portico was 20 cubits long and 20 cubits wide. The inside of the temple as well as the ceiling beams, doorframes, walls and temple doors were overlaid with pure gold from Parvaim. The main hall was paneled with pine and overlaid with pure gold and decorated with designs of palm tree and chains. The temple was inlaid with precious stones. The weight of the gold nails were 50 shekels. The upper parts of the temple was overlaid with gold. Cherubim was carved on the walls of the temple.
The Most Holy Place was 20 cubits long and 20 cubits wide. The inside of the Most Holy Place was overlaid with 600 shekels of gold. Solomon built a pair of cherubims in the Most Holy Place. The total wingspan of the cherubims was 20 cubits long. Each side of the wing is 5 cubit long. One side of the wing touch the wall while the other side of the wing touch the wing of another cherubim.
Solomon made blue, purple, and crimson yarn and fine linen curtain for the temple. The cherubim design was worked into the curtain. There are 2 bronze pillars in front of the temple (1 Kings 7:5). Each pillar is 35 cubits long and has a cap. The cap on top measured 5 cubits. The top of the pillars featured interwoven chains. The design featured 100 pomegranates were attached to the chains. One pillar positioned on the south was called Jachin while the other positioned to the north was called Boaz.
2 Chronicles 3 Bible Study
1. Jesus died for our sins so that we can reconciled with God
The curtain that separate the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place represents the sin barrier that separate us with God. God is holy so anyone who is with sin cannot approach him. Sin separates us from God. In Matthew 27:51, when Jesus Christ died, the curtain of the temple was torn from top to bottom and there was earthquake. Jesus Christ came to offer his life blood on the cross as ransom for our sins so that those who believe in him don’t have to receive eternal punishment in hell but gain eternal life. If you want your sins to be forgiven, you must confess and repent from your sins. Then, you must say a prayer to ask God to forgive your sins. In John 1:9, if we confess our sins, God who is faithful will forgive and cleanse away all our sins.
2. God is our refuge and strength
Solomon built 2 bronze pillars in front of the temple including Jachin on the south side and Boaz on the north side. Jachin means God establish his people and Boaz means God gives us strength. In Psalm 18:2, God is our rock, fortress and deliverer, in whom we take refuge. God is our shield and the horn of our salvation, our stronghold. In Proverbs 30:5, God’s words are flawless and he shields those who take refuge in him. In Proverbs 18:10, God is a strong tower and the righteous who run to him will be safe. In Psalm 28:7, God is our strength and shield. If you trust in God, you will be helped. God will give you peace and joy if you seek him in times of troubles.
3. We are the temple of God
In 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, we are the temple of God because the Holy Spirit dwells in us. God will destroy anyone who destroy the temple of God. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, since your body is God’s temple, you must use it to glorify God. God gives his children, the Holy Spirit, as a witness that we belong to Christ. In Romans 6:16, you are slave to the one whom you obey. If you are slave to your fleshly desire, you will slave to sin, which leads to death because the wage of sin is death (Romans 6:23). If you are slave to righteousness, you will inherit eternal life.