1 KINGS 5
1 And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David.
The hearing of the aonian gospel transforms the hearts of the humbled nations of modern day Tyre and its associates. Submission and willing offering, they bow the knee to Zion's King who has been victorious over the defeated armies of Gog the Prince of Rosh, Meschec and Tubal
3 Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house unto the name of Yahweh his Elohim for the wars which were about him on every side, until Yahweh put them under the soles of his feet.
The one whose reign is to be 'Greater than Solomon's' frees Israel from its enemies
"until Yahweh put them under the soles of his feet".
17 And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house.
Yahweh could build the temple ((both physical and spiritual) ) in an instant if he willed it. But he requires man to do his part - all his zeal and all his effort. He does not create automatons. The stones of Yahweh's spiritual holy temple must be hewn into shape. They must fit perfectly. It may take a lifetime to form that Christ like character, and a lifetime of patient continuance in works of righteousness under adverse circumstances.
Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ - 1 Peter 2:5.
18 And Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders did hew them, and the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build the house.
As the finest stones were selected for the temple, so out of nature's dark quarry, living stones (1Pet. 2:5) precious living stones have been hewed, cut and polished for a place in the spiritual temple
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people - 2Cor. 6:16.
The stones were quarried and prepared away from the temple site, and brought together for building. So also for Yahweh's spiritual temple, for during the absence of the Great King, the Builder of the temple, the living stones are being prepared, shaped and made ready for the glorious spiritual building of the future.