Week #60; Wed, Feb 20: 1 Chronicles 29:1–2 Chronicles 6:42
1. David set the stage for Solomon to utilize the materials provided for building the temple.
2. When the Lord asked Solomon what he should give him, he asked for wisdom and knowledge; God also gave him great riches, possessions, and honor.
3. Solomon built the temple for the Lord, and he also built a royal palace for himself (2:12).
1 Chronicles 29, Temple Offerings
1. David announced to all the assembly that his son Solomon was chosen by God to build a palace for the Lord God even though he is young and inexperienced.
2. David also announced that he provided the gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, onyx and other stones, and marble for the house of God.
3. David gave his personal treasure of gold and silver because of his devotion to the house of God.
4. David solicited freewill offerings from the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and the officers over the king’s work.
5. David and the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord.
6. So, David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly crediting His greatness, power, glory, victory, and majesty for all that is in the heavens and in the earth.
7. David thanked the Lord and praised Him saying all that has been provided for building God’s house comes from his hand and is his.
8. David prayed for his son Solomon to be given a whole heart that he may keep God’s commandments, testimonies, and statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which David made provisions.
9. The assembly offered sacrifices and burnt offerings to the Lord in abundance for all Israel; they ate and drank before the Lord on that day with great gladness.
10. Solomon was made king and he sat on the throne of the Lord as king in place of David his father.
11. All the people pledged their allegiance to King Solomon; the Lord made Solomon very great in the sight of all Israel and bestowed on him royalty as had not been on any king before him in Israel.
12. David reigned for 40 years and died full of days, riches, and honor.
2 Chronicles 1, Solomon Worships at Gibeon
1. The Lord was with Solomon and made him exceedingly great.
2. Solomon spoke to all Israel and all the assembly went to the high place at Gibeon, for the tent of meeting of God, which Moses the servant of the Lord hade made in the wilderness, was there (except for the ark of God).
3. Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the Lord, which was at the tent of meeting, and offered 1,000 burnt offerings on it.
4. In that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.”
5. Solomon said to God, “You have shown great and steadfast love to David my father, and have made me king in his place. Let your word to David my father be now fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?”
6. God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked long life, but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.”
7. Solomon gathered together 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen; he made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stone; and he made cedar as plentiful as the sycamore of the Shephelah.
2 Chronicles 2, Temple Construction Preparations
1. Solomon assigned 70,000 men to bear burdens and 80,000 to quarry in the hill country, and 3,600 to oversee them (153,600).
2. Solomon sent word to Hiram the king of Tyre: As you dealt with my father and sent him cedar to build himself a house to dwell in, so deal with me.
3. In reflecting on his mission, Solomon said, “The house that I am to build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods. But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him?”
4. Hiram the king of Tyre sent a skilled man, who has understanding, Huram-abi; he is trained to work in gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone, and wood, and in purple, blue, and crimson fabrics and fine lined, and to do all sorts of engraving and execute any design that may be assigned him.
5. In exchange, Solomon sent Hiram woodsmen, wheat, barley, baths of wine, and baths of oil.
6. The timbers cut in Lebanon were brought to Joppa by rafts in the sea for delivery to Jerusalem.
2 Chronicles 3, Solomon Begins Construction
1. Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to David his father, at the place that David had appointed, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
2. Solomon’s measurements for building the house of God was 60 cubits long, 20 cubits wide, and 120 cubits high; the Most Holy Place was 20 cubits long, and 20 cubits wide.
3. The Most Holy Place contained two cherubim, the veil of blue, purple, and crimson, and two pillars in the front of the temple.
2 Chronicles 4, Temple Furnishings
1. Altar of bronze, 20 by 20 by 10 cubits.
2. Round metal sea, 10 cubits brim to brim and 5 cubits high.
3. Figures of gourds and 12 oxen.
4. Basins, 10.
5. Golden lampstands, 10.
6. Tables, 10.
7. Basins of gold, 100.
8. Court of the priests.
9. Great court.
10. Numerous chains, pots, forks, tongs, snuffers, shovels, fire pans, dishes, pomegranates, latticework, doors, and many other required items (the weight of bronze was not known).
11. Many items were cast in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredah in great quantities.
2 Chronicles 5, Ark Placed in the Temple
1. When all the work that Solomon did for the house of the Lord was finished, Solomon assembled all the leaders in Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion.
2. The Levites took up the ark, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the tent and brought them up.
3. King Solomon and the assembly sacrificed many sheep and oxen, so many, they could not be counted.
4. The priests brought the ark into the inner sanctuary and put it in its place, in the Most Holy Place, underneath the wings of the cherubim.
5. All the Levitical singers with cymbals, harps, lyres, and trumpeters made themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord saying, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
6. The glory of the Lord filled the house of God.
2 Chronicles 6, Solomon Blesses the People
1. Solomon said, “Now the Lord has fulfilled his promise that he made. For I have risen in the place of David my father and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and I have built the house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. And there I have set the ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord that he made with the people of Israel.”
2. Solomon also stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel with arms lifted up and kneeling and said, “O Lord, God of Israel, . . . Keep for your servant David my father what you have promised him, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk in my law as you have walked before me.’
3. Further, Solomon prayed, “And listen to the pleas of your servant and of your people Israel, when they pray toward this place, when you hear, forgive.”
4. Solomon prayed for forgiveness of sin resulting in any defeat, lack of rain, famine, afflictions, and exile; he prayed for restoration from these calamities when the people acknowledge your name and turn from their sin.
5. Solomon prayed for foreigners who come from afar for the sake of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm and prays toward this house, do for them according to all for which the foreigner calls to you.