“Huram-abi …is trained to work in gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone, and wood, and in purple, blue, and crimson fabrics and fine linen … and execute any design …” (v13-14). To build the Temple, Solomon reached out internationally. He requested resources and an expert craftsman from Tyre to lead the “skilled workers” in Jerusalem. Huram-abi was culturally mixed, extremely talented, and well-trained (v13). He added his expertise to Solomon’s Temple, though “highest heaven” could never contain God (v6).
“For our God is greater than all gods” (v5). The Temple – full of the earth’s most precious materials, made by Jews and Gentiles - pointed to the God who was “the hope of all the ends of the earth” (Ps 65:5).