“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God.” James 1:5a
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 … 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.
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. The temple was a place where God was with His people. The people could go there to make sacrifices and worship God. Today, when we trust in Jesus, He is with us wherever we go. We can look to Him for forgiveness and help.
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BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
- God chose David’s son Solomon to lead His people to build a temple.
- God’s people built Him a temple.
- God’s glory filled the temple.
- The people worshiped God and gave offerings at the temple.
KEY PASSAGE: James 1:5a
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- What does God know? God knows everything.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- Why did building the temple take such a long time? Why did the builders build with such care?
- How did God show He was with His people when the temple was complete? How do we know God is with us?
- Why do we no longer need to go to a temple to worship God?
- Read 2 Samuel 7:12-16. Talk about how God kept His promise to David by letting Solomon build the temple and by later sending Jesus.
- Work with your neighbors to build a fort to enjoy together.