Budding King Fruit
“And in the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is eighth month, the house was finished in all its details and according to all its plan. So he was seven years in building it” (1 Kings 6.38 NKJV).
King Solomon started building the Temple of God in the month of Ziv or Zif, which means “brightness” or “splendor” because the flowers budded in this month (April-May) (ref). He completed building the Temple seven years later in the month of Bul, which means “increase” and “produce” because the fruit became ripe in this month (November-December) (ref). Seven years of transformation–of buds blooming into fruit–had to transpire for the Temple to be completed. And when the work was done, the Temple was dedicated to God and His glory came down so thick that people could not enter it (2 Chronicles 7.1-2). Today, we have the amazing privilege of the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us. But God wants more than to simply reside in us, He wants to fill us so completely that nothing but His glory can be seen. His Spirit desires to reign so supremely in our lives that sin and the forces of evil can’t even come close to touching, influencing or stopping us. Only when we are solely submitted to God will we be able to produce the Kingdom Fruit–fruit birthed out of the sacrifice of Jesus and not the work of our own flesh–that He has ordained for us. God has buried seeds of destiny in the Spirit He has planted in each of our Temples; but we must learn to let go of our efforts, be patient in His timing and trust the shaking of His hand in our lives, so His “increase” and “produce” will manifest.
“I will shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will be brought to this Temple. I will fill this place with glory, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies” (Haggai 2.7 NLT).