by David Sielaff, Director
The first Temple built by Solomon was constructed from plans given by God to David. WhenGod refused David permission to build the Temple (2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17), Davidtook the plans and gave them to his son and designated heir, Solomon (1 Chronicles 28:1–19).Solomon constructed the Temple according to those plans. This article will discuss the detailsof the plan.
Dr. Martin wrote that the scene in Eden in the early chapters of Genesis shows that the Gardenwithin Eden was a sanctuary where God dwelt.
“God planted a garden eastward inEden”
(Genesis 2:8). The structure of Eden and its environs were in the shape of the later Taberna-cle and Temples.In Genesis 6:13–16 we have the digest account of God giving Noah specifications for constructionof the Ark. There is no mention that a “pattern” or model was given to Noah, although the measure-ments of length, breadth and height were precise.Moses was also given instructions for the tent structure that God wanted built — the Tabernacle.When Moses was up in Mount Sinai God showed him the “pattern” of the Tabernacle and all theinstruments that were to be used within it (Exodus chapters 24–31). He was instructed to make theTabernacle and the instruments exactly as God showed him.
“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak unto the children of Israel, thatthey bring me an offering: of every man that gives it willingly with his heart youshall take my offering. ...
And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According toall that Ishow you, after the pattern
of the tabernacle, and the pattern
of all the instruments thereof, even so shall you make it.’”
Exodus 25:1–2, 8–9
The Hebrew word for “pattern” in verse 9 is
It is elsewhere translated in the King JamesVersion as
likeness, form, similitude
The term “pattern” fits and works for most all in-stances. Another translation that could easily be used is “model” in some contexts because, as somescholars believe, the root of
is the word
“to build.” Without doubt the meaning of the word indicates something that has a likeness or a similarity to the final product or to an originalthat can be represented in some way. The author of Hebrews clearly states that on Mt. Sinai Mosessaw a representation of the heavenly Tabernacle,
“Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was ad-monished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, ‘See,’ says he,‘that you make all things according to the pattern showed to you in the
The Pattern of the Temple