Thursday, May 17, 2012
Thus was accomplished all the work of Solomon from the day the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid until it was finished. So the house of the LORD was completed.
2 Chronicles 8:16
What Solomon accomplished was nothing less than the complete establishment of temple worship in Israel. It was not that he simply built the temple. He provided an outrageous number of sacrifices... enough to keep the daily sacrifices going for a number of years. He also oversaw the development of the priestly orders and duties so that the worship of the Lord could be organized among the people God had set apart to perform those duties.
Solomon also set up administrators in charge of the temple treasuries to ensure proper maintenance and management of the temple complex and personnel. He set up storehouse cities through Israel, not just for the protection of the nation, but to also distribute and collect the funds for the temple worship, a concept similar to not keeping all your money in one bank. He provided for every contingency and resource that was needed for temple worship.
Only when all these details were completed over a twenty year period could the work of establishing the house of the LORD in Jerusalem be considered complete. It was not enough to have the temple standing complete in structure. The work of the worship of the LORD by his gifted servants had to be organized, provisioned, and protected. Only then could the project be marked "Done".
This insight into wise administration of ministry is instructive. Often leaders are great at big picture enthusiasm. It is rare for a leader to follow up with excellent administrative commitment. But Solomon did both in terms of the temple project. And for that achievement, he is worth learning from and it is worth applying his principles of biblical project management to our own experience.