• William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 13, 2021

Daily Reading: I Kings 3-5

I Kings 5:17 And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house.

Foundations aren't ordinarily exciting. That is unless it is some sort of financial foundation that is giving out money. But foundations of houses or buildings, these are not created for beauty, not cosmetic, not ornate, not even seen. But a structure without a good strong foundation will soon fall. The foundation of the Temple that Solomon was building was built largely with Gentile labor. As was the Temple itself.

Solomon had a 30,000-person army (called levy) wherein 10,000 served every month by course. Meaning that 10,000 would serve one month while the other 20,000 were at liberty at home. There were three courses. This is also how the priests served in the tabernacle, by course. Solomon also had 70,000 bearers of burdens, 80,000 hewers, and 3,300 overseers. This does not count the personnel employed in cutting and transporting trees from Hiram, king of Tyre. This data all proves one point. Building the Temple was a massive undertaking. Just laying the foundation was a herculean effort.

Likewise, you too are building a foundation. Or should be. I Corinthians 3:11 proves this. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul, who wrote this letter to the church at Corinth goes on to speak of the building material each person puts into their foundation. Wood, hay, stubble, gold, silver, and precious stones. One day this foundation we lay will be tried by fire. This is called the Judgment Seat of Christ. If your foundation has the material of silver, gold, and precious stones, it will abide and remain. If your foundation is built with wood, hay, and stubble it will be burned up with nothing of value remaining. Continue to read in I Corinthians 3, it will tell you more about building your foundation.

But with all this knowledge there is a point. Just something to meditate upon and consider. The point is this; consider this life as your foundation for eternity. Meaning that the next life, eternal life, will be the building - ornate, beautiful, marvelous, and functional. The foundation for the next life is first and foremost Jesus Christ. He is your foundation. But on this foundation, or in this foundation, you are placing works. Good works and wrong works. The building you enjoy in the next life will be determined largely upon the strength, scope, and size of the foundation you build in this life. There is ample proof of rewards awaiting us in Heaven based upon our work on earth.

Most individuals live this life as though this is all there is. "One life to live" is a lie of the first degree. For there is another life, eternal life. What we do in this life lays the foundation for the next life. This thought gives a fresh meaning to verses like I Timothy 6:19. Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. As well as Revelation 19:8: And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. This is a verse that will need to be explained at a later date and setting. Suffice it to say this; perhaps the righteousness you practice today is ordaining your robe with beautiful filigree, which will be worn at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Nevertheless. Build your foundation with all the workers, and substances at your disposal, for your foundation will be evident by your building throughout all eternity.

Until tomorrow, build your temple's foundation strong for Christ today.

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