Parents' Corner | November 10, 2019
When David was king, he wanted to build a temple for God, but God did not allow him to. “When your time comes and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He will build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever” (2 Sam. 7:12-13). God said King David’s son would build the temple.
King Solomon began to gather materials to build the temple. He ordered cedar and cypress timbers from Lebanon. He gathered 30,000 men from all of Israel as laborers to excavate stone and prepare the timbers for the temple’s construction.
The temple was impressive. The entire interior was cedar. King Solomon had everything covered with gold. In all, it took seven years for the temple to be completed. Inside the temple was furniture and accessories. (See 1 Kings 7:48-50.)
The time came to dedicate the temple. All of the Israelites gathered in Jerusalem. The priests brought the ark of the Lord to the most holy place, and a cloud filled the house of the Lord. God’s glory filled the temple.
Solomon prayed and praised God for keeping His covenant with David. He recognized that God is not confined to a temple. “Even heaven, the highest heaven, cannot contain You, much less this temple I have built” (1 Kings 8:27). Solomon’s prayer and speech was followed by a great offering to God.
The temple was where God met with His people, and it gave God’s people a more permanent place to worship Him. The priests followed specific instructions to approach God on behalf of His people. Jesus changed everything when He died for our sins on the cross. By taking our sin upon Himself, Jesus made the way for sinners to come to God.
Family Ministry Pastor
The Well Community Church
Family Starting Points
November 10, 2019
Scripture Memory: Revelation 1:8
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Big Picture Question:
Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
Bible Story: Solomon Built the Temple (1 Kings 6-8)
- God chose Solomon to build a temple.
- Building the temple took a long time and a lot of men.
- Solomon prayed and encouraged the people to love and obey God.
Family Discussion Starters:
- Tell about a time someone kept a promise they made to you.
- How do you feel when it takes a long time to do something?
- Why can we talk to God on our own now without a priest or a temple?
- Build something together as a family such as a puzzle, model rocket, or an interlocking block structure.
- Pray a prayer of dedication for your home that all who enter its doors would know the love of God through Jesus.
- Solomon’s Sin Divided the Kingdom (1 Kings 11-12)