King Solomon sent to Tyre and brought Huram, whose mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali and whose father was from Tyre and a skilled craftsman in bronze. Huram was filled with wisdom, with understanding and with knowledge to do all kinds of bronze work. He came to King Solomon and did all the work assigned to him. (1 Kings 7:13-14 NIV)
Travelling through the book of 1 Kings, it is fascinating seeing the degree of detail given to how the temple was put together. The precision detailed here provokes intrigue in how the construct looked on its completion.
Reading this part of the development also reminds us of how the tabernacle was constructed and the amount of detail shared. There is as well a crucial element in the matter that also reminds us of that tabernacle. As Moses was informed of Bezalel and Oholiab, so Solomon recognises the need for a specialist to cover the bronze work.
This particular specialist, Huram, has an intriguing family background. His mother comes from a tribe in Israel and his father comes from Tyre. That is the same location that Solomon has utilised to get cedar and other workmanship expertise. He is of a mixed heritage that brings plenty to the task at hand, but beyond his heritage is the gift of wisdom, knowledge and understanding that he has to be able to craft such elaborate and outstanding pieces of furniture for the temple.
Creativity married to a steady and precise hand leading to works of majestic beauty for the true King of Israel – God in His splendour.
It’s great to know that God has specialists in various fields able to contribute to His masterpiece. That is the case today and believe it or not, we are those specialists with whatever He has given us. These are put in place to magnify the brilliance of our Creator by doing and being everything pleasing to Him in how we treat each other and the rest of His creation.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden