Meet Solomon, son of David: JST 1 Kings 3:3-8. 3 And because the Lord blessed Solomon as he was walking in the statutes of David, his father, [Solomon] began to love the Lord, and he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places, and he called on the name of the Lord. 5 And the Lord God hearkened unto Solomon, and appeared unto him in a dream by night, and said, Ask what I shall give thee. 7 And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king, instead of David, my father, over thy people. 8 And I know not how to lead them, to go out, or come in before them, and I, thy servant, am as a little child, in the midst of thy people whom thou hast chosen, a great people that cannot be numbered, nor counted for multitude.
Elder Oaks Jesus taught [his apostles] about conversion, which is far more than testimony. When the disciples asked who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, “Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Question: What is the difference between “acting like a child” and “becoming” a child?
The Request of a Child… Solomon’s Request: 9 Give therefore, thy servant an understanding heart … that I may discern between good and bad. The Lord’s Answer: 12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. 13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. 14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.
Temple of Solomon Took 7 years to build Kept pure for only 34 years Solomon succumbed to the desires of foreign wives to place idols on the temple mount…
First Sign of Problems The Temple And the house which king Solomon built for the LORD, the length thereof was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits (2 Kings 6:2) His Palace He built also [his palace]; the length thereof was an hundred cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits, upon four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars (1 Kings 7:2).
From the dedicatory prayer 30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive. 38 What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house: Which sounds a lot like: Ether 12 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble;
Question: If the Temple is to be a place of teaching: What method does the Lord use, in the Temple, to teach us?
David B. Haight When you return [to the temple], come with an open, seeking, contrite heart, and allow the Spirit to teach you by revelation what the symbols can mean to you. Question: does that mean that temple symbols can mean different things to different people?
C.S Lewis’ comment [Symbolism] goes beyond the expression of things we have already felt. It arouses in us sensations we have never had before, never anticipated having, as though we had broken out of our normal mode of consciousness and 'possessed joys not promised to our birth.' It gets under our skin, hits us at a level deeper than our thoughts or even our passions, troubles oldest certainties till all questions are re-opened, and in general shocks us more fully awake than we are for most of our lives."
Michael Wilcox The wilderness of Judaea is a dead, sun-baked land where almost nothing grows, but Ezekiel saw that wherever the [future] river flowed, life came to the barren desert. "At the bank of the river," Ezekiel said, "were very many trees on the one side and on the other." (V. 7.) The trees were "for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit... because their waters... issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine." Ezekiel describes the river's impact on all it touches with these words: "And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live... because these waters shall come thither; for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh." (V. 9; emphasis added.) As we read these words, the Spirit seems to whisper, "What will literally be true, one day, of the Lord's temple in Jerusalem, is true now, spiritually, of all the Lord's temples. From the doors of each one a healing, life-giving river flows."