This is being written before I left for Israel, but in anticipation of the trip, I am writing about one of the sights in Israel. I don’t know if I will see it or not, but it would be real interesting.
One of the many places that I hope to see is Solomon’s quarries – also known as Zedekiah’s cave. It’s a gigantic underground quarry beneath the old city of Jerusalem, an amazing archaeological site which offers a glimpse of the handiwork of the builders of the first temple of King Solomon. It is believed that the stones for Solomon’s temple came from this quarry. Can you imagine, as the Temple was under construction, what the craftsmen and the builders must have been thinking about this glorious house they were building?
The building of the First Temple was a monumental task. Phoenician craftsmen were employed to build the Temple. The work was grueling and tedious. Construction began in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign and took seven years. However when the temple was completed, there was no other edifice that compared to the glory of Solomon’s temple.
Ephesians 2:21-22 (KJV)
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
While there are no physical stones from an underground quarry involved, yet, the scripture says, we are a building fitly framed together, an holy temple in the Lord. We are also called an habitation of God. According to his word, God makes his home in his people. The blood-cleansed heart is his permanent dwelling. If the Lord were “just visiting,” then things would go back to usual when the glory leaves. But when an eternal work has taken place in our lives, we will no longer be content to return to his former state of affairs, as before. Once we have tasted of new life in Christ, nothing else will do.