This will be a magnificent Temple because our God is an awesome God, greater than any other. (2 Chronicles 2:5)
The trumpet blew and work began on one of the most magnificent buildings ever constructed -- the Temple of God.
Solomon, who was granted extraordinary wisdom, put his talents to work in organizing and overseeing the construction. When completed the Temple drew heads of state from countries all over the known world including the Queen of Sheba who simply marveled at Solomon's wisdom.
When my wife and I took a sixteen day tour of Europe, we marveled at the magnificent architecture of the Baroque style cathedrals. The guide pointed out with pride the various buttresses, stained glass windows, and ornate gingerbread around the facade.
While we might enjoy the ornate of ancient architectural design, we must not lose sight of the purpose for which God intended the church. The true church is the people, not the building. According to the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:19, "your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own." We are bought with price and our purpose is to glorify the Lord God.
God is working in our lives to create a masterpiece. Are we sending up the right kind of materials for the building?