whose name has ever since become both in East and West the synonym for the supreme attainment of wisdom, power, and glory.
If the purpose of Moses had been only that of a national lawgiver and founder of a political state, a Lycurgus or a Rollo, it would have found its perfect attainment in the reign of Solomon; but Moses had a far grander end in view, and looking down the long vista of the ages he saw, not Solomon, but the carpenter who said, "a greater than Solomon is here" (Matt. 12:42; Luke 11:31). And the way for the carpenter could only be prepared by that long period of decadence which set in with the first days of Solomon's successor. "The People of the I AM" are concealed among all nations and must be brought forth by the Prophet, who should realise the work of Moses not only in a national, but also in a universal, significance.
These are the three typical figures of Hebrew history; the beginning, the middle, and the end --- Moses, Solomon, Jesus; and the three are distinguished by one common characteristic: they are all Builders of the Temple. Moses erected the tabernacle, that portable temple which accompanied the Israelites in their journeyings. Solomon reproduced it in an edifice of wood and stone fixed firmly upon its rocky foundation. Jesus said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up again" (John 2:19); but "he spake of the temple of his body" (John 2:21).