A Place for the Ark/Solomon Summons the Ark/A Place of Action”   

Study Date: 5 Jan, 20     

Scripture: 1 Kings 8: 1-13

MEMORY SELECTION:  “I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in forever” 

1 Kings 8:13

GUIDING PRINCIPLE:  Knowing God has chosen us, and will remain with us as He did from slavery of sin to freedom… provides a message of hope, triumph, and truth that the people of the God can embrace.

RESOURCES FOR THE SEED:  

Rev. 11:15-19; 1 Corinthians 14:26-33; Deut. 31:9-13; 2 Chronicles 5: 2-14; 2 Chronicles 4: 19-5:1; 1 Kings 8: 1-13.

Objectives: 
  • To consider the significance of Solomon’s Temple dedication to God
  •  To contemplate how the people of Jerusalem felt as the glory of God filled the Temple.
  • To celebrate God’s presence among those who gather in the name of the Lord.
  • To understand the importance and context of moving the Ark of the Covenant into the newly constructed Temple
  • To appreciate the importance of the centrality of God in all worship and our special role in that worship

WORDS TO REMEMBER:

Heads—Mature, older men who oversaw one of the twelve tribes

Oracle—The Holy of Holies

Ark of the Covenant—was a sacred portable chest, mercy seat cherubim built at part of it.

BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND

How do you reflect on the amazing things God does in your life? 

How do you say thanks to God for your many blessings?

Why is obedience to God so important to the Temple project?       

What items are mentioned that were brought to the temple?

What was in the Ark and what was its significance?

Name in order the events that showed God’s approval of the temple?

THE SEED:  A Place for the Ark/Solomon Summons the Ark/A Place of Action (1 Kings 8: 1-13)

  1. King Solomon Gather the People (1 King 8: 1-3,5)
  2. The beginning of the dedication of the Temple is a sacred place to worship the Lord.
  3. King Solomon called upon all the elders and leader of Israelites to come as the priests carries the Ark.
  4. The Leaders and the people joined Solomon in worship the Lord outside of the Temple.
  5. The celebration of Solomon and the nation was about establishing a throne for God on earth.
  6. The Priests Bring the Ark to the Inner Sanctuary (1 King 8:4, 6-9)
  7. The construction of the Temple has been complete.
  8. The Ark of the Covenant was still in a tent Sanctuary.
  9. Transporting the Ark from the City of David to the new Temple for dedication.
  10. Every group of people including the elders and all the leaders presented has a role during the ceremony.
  11. The priest carried the Ark, and King Solomon and the people worshiped God before the Ark and placed in the Most Holy Place.
  12. The Ark made the Temple the center of their religious life.
  13. This ark contained the tablets represent the covenant that God made with the Israelites when God delivered them out of bondage in Egypt.
  14. God’s Glory Fills the Temple ( 1 King 8: 10-13)
  15. Solomon spent a lot of resource building the Temple.
  16. Hired the best people to work on the project.
  17. Sacrificed many animals for the dedication.
  18. None of the meant anything unless the Lord approved.
  19. The priest walked out of the holy place, God’s glory filled the entire Temple.
  20. God glory came in the form of a cloud.
  21. God’s glory was so thick inside the Temple.
  22. “The Lord has said that He would dwell in thick darkness.”
  23. Now the Lord was present, Solomon’s project to build a house for the Lord was complete
  24. God was with His people in His house.

“I have built you an exalted house, a place for you to dwell in forever” God’s people only need their God to dwell among them.

PLANTING THE SEED

How do you think the Israelites felt about finally dedicating the Temple?

What is the center of our religious life?

What role does the church have in our walk with God?

How has God shown up in our life to confirm that He is moving on our behalf?

Why is it significant that the children of Israel understand the Temple to be “the house of the Lord’ and not just a place to meet the Lord?

Why is the Ark so significant?

As believer, how can we be more intentional about sharing our testimonies of God’s redemption with the larger community?

Do we believe most of our determine fairness based on faith in God’s larger will? 

When life doesn’t appear fair, what is our usual response toward those we believe unworthy? 

What is our response toward God? Is it not a position of arrogance to assume God has not act fairly?

In the worship of our local church, do we recognize the kinship between the redemptive acts around the Ark on the Day of Atonement and the sacred participation in Holy Communion? What do we think can be done to enrich our experience of partaking of the Eucharist?

FRUIT FROM THE SEED

Sometimes when we suffer, it is easy to forget the redemption we experience through Jesus Christ and the hope we have on earth. Our collective worship in church allows us to remember God’s redemption and the hope we have in Him.

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