Solomon Built the Temple
1 Kings 6-8
“The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6
King David had wanted to build a temple for God, but God had a different plan. God wanted Solomon to build a temple where God could dwell with His people and where they could worship Him. So God told Solomon to build a temple and Solomon obeyed.
Because God is holy, only the priests could approach God in the temple—and only if they followed specific instructions. Ordinary people had no direct access to the holy presence of God. Jesus changed all that. By His death on the cross, Jesus took away our sin. We can approach God intimately and individually when we trust Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Help your kids see how the temple shows the holiness of God and how we are separated from Him because of our sin. Remind them that the temple also points toward Jesus who came to bring us to God when we trust in Him.
KEY PASSAGE: Proverbs 2:6
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God.
BIBLE STORY: SOLOMON BUILT THE TEMPLE
- 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.
NEXT WEEK “Solomon’s Sin Divided the Kingdom” (1 Kings 11-12)