God’s temple was a peculiar building from start to finish. It was the Lord’s own house, planned, directed, and modeled by him. King Solomon built this first earthly building for God, totally dedicated and devoted to his honor. Which granted it a special sort of beauty.
Harsh and violent sounds were out-of-place in this divine building, so the workers formed each piece at separate preparation sites. Yet when brought together at the building site, they fit with perfect precision. A feat unparalleled in architectural history. And it was done without noise.
The temple was erected in silence — and that silence that speaks loudly.
“Solomon’s temple is the most wonderful and interesting building in the world’s history. It was ‘the mysterious centre of Israel.’ It was far more to Israel than the Vatican is to Rome. It was, so long as it stood, God’s only earthly palace and temple. The Pyramids of Egypt were old when it was built, and they show no signs of decay. Solomon’s temple utterly perished after four centuries. Greek and Roman artists have given the laws of beautiful and stately architecture to the world, but no one has ever dreamed of copying, in any respect, the sacred building at Jerusalem. Brunelleschi’s dome at Florence, St. Peter’s at Rome, the Milan Cathedral are almost miracles of daring genius and patient toil. The temple was in comparison a homely and plain building in its style. Its size was, as compared with these, small and insignificant. Yet God in a peculiar sense was its architect. He filled it with His glory. ‘His eyes and His heart were there’.” (Biblical Illustrator by Monday Club Sermons; CC0.)
God’s presence there was palpable and tangible. As though his heart and his eyes were looking into and out through it.
God often works his wonders and marvels in holy silence.
He created the heavens, the earth, and all that is in them without a lot of noise and clamor. And he still works, in nature and in the spirit, so silently that we sometimes scarcely realize he is at work.
Enemies later destroyed the temple with axes, hammers, and a roar. Psalm 74:4-6 Your foes have roared in the midst of your meeting place; they set up their own signs for signs. They were like those who swing axes in a forest of trees. And all its carved wood they broke down with hatchets and hammers. Because “clamor and violence often hinder the work of God, but never further it. Quietness and stillness both become and befriend it.” The temple was built in silence. (Matthew Henry’s Full Commentary; CC0).
And God is still building in quiet stillness today. He comes softly.
He’s changing us quietly on the inside. So that, just as with the temple, others may sense his presence. And his glory and goodness will shine out from our lives.
And this we can do without a lot of noise and clamor. Without shouting, “Look at me! I’m a Christian!” For it will show by the way we treat others. Through our attitude toward money and things. And in the words we say or don’t say.
Can others sense God’s quiet presence in us? Do they see God in us?
Neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron was heard in the house while it was being built. —1 Kings 6:7