Other than being impressed by the sheer magnitude of the temple of Solomon, I was also impressed by the story between Hiram (or Huram) and Solomon.
King Hiram was glad to give Solomon tons of trees. not because Solomon was paying large sums for them (though he did pay very well) but because King Hiram was friends with Solomon’s deceased father, King David. What a far reaching relationship!
What a great inheritance to give the next generation: favor. King Hiram was not a Jewish man. He did not give Cedars from Lebanon because he wanted to be a part of God’s temple. If David had been harsh with him, do you think he would help Solomon even if the price was good?
Whether you have children or you do not, how we interact with those who do not share our faith matters. How we treat all people matters. It’s not just for us, but for the next generation. How cool would it be for the babies who grow up in the church now to go into the world in fifteen or twenty years and hear people say things like, “Ah, you’re a Christian. Every Christian I’ve ever know has been generous and loving. So, you must be too. I trust you.”
John 13:35– By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.