Living Stones − by Desmond Ford
Feb 2, 2016 4262
Solomon’s life was marked by glory, riches, wisdom, and peace. Do you know what the name “Solomon” means? “Solomon” means “peaceful.”
Solomon is thought of as the wisest man who ever lived, the richest man who ever lived and he had a glorious kingdom. I Kings 5:4 says,
But now the Lord, my God, has given me rest on every side; and there is no adversary or disaster.
What a wonderful picture that is! There is peace on all sides.
Solomon was the richest and the wisest king. He had great kingdom and it was peaceful, and all his enemies were subject to him. Even kings were subject to him. But I have left out the best thing about Solomon. He built the temple.
If you will look at 1 Kings 6:7 there’s something strange about this building:
In building the temple, only blocks dressed at the quarry were used, and no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool was heard at the temple site while it was being built.
That temple was a symbol of the church. Just as Solomon built the temple, Christ said, “On this rock I’ll build my church.” We are the living stones and we were cut out not by hammer or chisel but by the silent moving and moulding of the Holy Spirit. In silence we were prepared to be living stones in the living temple of Christ’s church.
Christ talked about the Spirit, likening him to the wind. The wind blows where it likes. You can’t see it − it is sound. It is mysterious. So this picture of the temple − the temple went up as though one was building a house of cards without noise, everything prepared away from it. You and I are those living stones prepared by the silent moving of the Spirit.
− Des Ford. Rom 8:27-32. Adapted from “The Psalm that is Bigger than the World.”