There are many similarities between the temple Solomon builds and the tabernacle built by Moses. Let’s consider the presence of the golden cherubim (see Exodus 25:18-20, 2 Chronicles 3:10). These creatures represent the angelic beings that circle God’s throne. Their presence in both tabernacle and temple communicates that heaven and earth meet in this place as God dwells in the midst of His people. This is but one example when the particulars of the temple, like the tabernacle before it, communicated God’s choice to uniquely bless Israel through His holy presence.

Contrary to the popular idea, the devil is not in the details, for it is the details of Israel’s temple that help us to understand more of God’s grace to His people. May we attend to the details of scripture not simply for information, but that we might see God in the details.