Two Kings; Two Offerings
Today we read about two kings in Jerusalem. Both made offerings for sin. But one offered animals and the other offered Himself.
Thus all the work that King Solomon did on the house of the Lord was finished. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, the silver, the gold, and the vessels, and stored them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord. I Kings 7:51
There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” Luke 23:38
Solomon spared no expense in building and furnishing the temple of God in Jerusalem. As you read the details of the construction, the quality of the materials, and the description of the workmanship, you have to marvel at the care that was taken. The building was not for common use nor for a common person. It was to be for the God of glory and majesty. It was to be the permanent site of the sacrifices offered to Him and the home of the Ark of the Covenant where God would meet the high priest on the Day of Atonement.
The dedication of the completed temple was undoubtedly the finest hour in the golden age of the United Kingdom of Israel. So it comes as a jolt to turn to Luke and read about the crucifixion of the King of the Jews, Jesus Christ. It also occurred in Jerusalem, not far from the second temple (Solomon’s temple was burned during the Babylonian captivity 2 Kings 25:9).
The sinfulness of mankind and the mercy of God stand here side by side in stark contrast. On that most awful day, the crowd gawked at Jesus. The rulers scoffed at Him. The soldiers mocked Him. Meanwhile, He prayed, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Above His head, they hung a sign, “This is the King of the Jews.”
Solomon and his temple had not failed. That building met all expectations. But it wasn’t enough. The offerings in the temples pointed to the true Offering that would be made not by a king but of the King, Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, the perfect offering for sin.
Think about it
If you are a believer, your King offered Himself that day in your place. Be amazed.