I Wonder Why They Call It “Solomon’s Temple”

Today’s Passage – 1 Chronicles 28 – 29; Proverbs 16

(Second Milers also read – Acts 1 – 3; Memorize – Proverbs 10:19)

“Then David the king stood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mine heart to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God, and had made ready for the building:” – (1 Chronicles 28:2)

In today’s passage in, 1 Chronicles, we see David making all of the preparations for the building of the temple in Jerusalem. David would not be the one who would assemble all of the pieces together and produce the final product, as that job would be given to his son, Solomon. But David did everything else. When Solomon took over as king he had everything that he needed in order to complete the project.

In these two chapters we have seen that David did the following in order to prepare for the building of the Temple:

1  He planned it. David supervised over the drawing of the blueprints for the Temple

“Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper chambers thereof, and of the inner parlours thereof, and of the place of the mercy seat, And the pattern of all that he had by the spirit, of the courts of the house of the LORD, and of all the chambers round about, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries of the dedicated things: Also for the courses of the priests and the Levites, and for all the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and for all the vessels of service in the house of the LORD.” – (1 Chronicles 28:11-13)

2  He provided for it.

David provided for all of the gold, silver, brass, wood, and other materials. Everything that was needed to build the temple was provided for by David. Solomon did not have to gather any of the building materials, they were all ready to go.

3  He prayed for it.

Notice David’s prayer for Solomon and the temple in 1 Chronicle 29:10 – 19.

I think the temple should be called David’s temple. He did all of the hard work. Solomon really had the easy part. Why should he get all of the credit.

I see in this passage a picture of what God wants us to do for future generations. We are to plan, provide, and pray for the generation that is following behind us. When they arrive, they can then build upon the foundation that we have laid. Too bad Solomon didn’t continue building after he built the temple. If you study Solomon’s life you will see that he will eventually start squandering all of the things that were handed to him. He will forsake many of the things his father fought and worked for to provide for him. What a shame. We need to remember to take the things that others have built for us, and preserve them; and then build upon them so that we can deliver them to the next generation.

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Katelyn Erickson
Katelyn Erickson
13 years ago

Wow! What an awesome passage of scripture!! Chapter 29 is so convicting about being a “cheerful giver.” Bible states that the people “offered willingly” (v.6) “and gave for the service of the house of God” (v.7) and “THEN the people rejoiced”. Joy came from a willing offering with a “perfect heart” (v.9)
David gave God the glory and praise, acknowledging that “all that is in heaven and earth is Thine… Both riches and honor come of Thee” (v.11,12)
If we could all have the humble, heartfelt attitude of David in v.14…”But who am I, and what is thy people, that we should be ABLE to offer so willingly after this sort? For all things come of Thee…”
My prayer is that when God tries my heart, He will find uprightness and a willing giver. (v.17)

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