Bible Study

LESSON: Solomon Speaks to the People

Solomon Speaks to the People/Solomon Blessing/Dedicating the Temple of God   

Study Date: 12 Jan, 20 

Scripture: 1 Kings 8: 1-21

MEMORY SELECTION: “And he said, blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying”

(1 Kings 8:15, KJV)

GUIDING PRINCIPLE:  To hear Solomon’s blessing upon his people, a historical blessing that reminds Israel God has kept his promises to the uttermost and those promises are rooted in God’s redemptive history.

RESOURCES FOR THE SEED: 

1 Timothy 2:1-6; 1 King 8:31-32, 41-44; Colossians 3:8-13; 1 Corinth 15:1-11; Isaiah 56:3-8; Ephesians 4: 1-8,11-16; 1 Kings 8: 22-30,52-53

Objectives:

  • EXAMINE how Solomon’s building of the Temple fulfills a promise God made to Solomon’s father, David. 
  • APPRECIATE that God keeps promises, even if the fulfillment takes many years. 
  • REJOICE wholeheartedly when God’s promises come to pass.

WORDS TO REMEMBER: 

Heart- inner man, mind and will
House—a dwelling place “Temple”
Place—a standing place
Sit— to sit remain, dwell
Throne- Seat of honor
Performed—To stand, arise, rise up, establish
Word—Speech, saying, Utterance, matter, thing

BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND

What is our response when we are unable to keep a promise or when someone breaks a promise to you? How much do you/we trust or doubt God’s promises? 

How do you resist the temptation to take credit for an accomplishment for which God should have been praised?

God has promised to dwell in His sanctuary. How do you sense the presence of the Lord among the congregation? When you stand with the congregation in the church, do you see it as an act of worship? What exactly are we saying when we stand before a Holy God individually and corporately?

In what ways can you see God’s work in your life as a continuation of the dreams and goals of your ancestors and family?

What considerations have you made to ensure that God remains in a central position in your life following the realization of a fulfilled promise God made you?

THE SEED: 

A. Prelude of Praise (1 King 8: 14-16) 

The cloud of smoke is confirmation to Solomon that he is still in step with God and God’s plan for the Temple and God’s people.

Looking at what was only a dream for his father, David wanted to build a permanent dwelling place for the God of his ancestors. This was not a shabby house, but a house of worship beautifully adorned with silver and gold.

Solomon uses this moment to provide great praise. Solomon recognizes that to have the opportunity to see through to the end of the project his father envisioned, is a gift, an opportunity fulfilled through his leadership by the grace of God.

B. A Proper Perspective of the Past (1 Kings 8. 17–19)

 Solomon’s blessing and address to the people at the completion of the Temple is his ability to see the current moment in light of history.

Completing the Temple is the continuation and completion of a promise that God made to his father.

Solomon remembers and repeats the desires of his own father and the conversations God had with David around the completion of the Temple.

Solomon is able to see the work he does in completing the Temple as a continuation of what God already began in the past.

Implies that a proper perspective of the past is shaped through intergenerational conversation.

C.  A Promise-Keeping God (1 Kings 8: 20-21)

Solomon concludes the initial address to the people of Israel by affirming that God is a promise keeper! Solomon says, “the LORD has fulfilled the promise He made” Two promises that God made to David that were now manifested for all to see.  God promised that Solomon would succeed his father David, Solomon would build the Temple for the name of the Lord. 

Solomon pauses to remind the people that what God said is what they now see.

It is a reminder that the proper response to a promise-keeping God is to always make room and preparations to ensure that God is properly honored and at the center of what we do

PLANTING THE SEED:

What are the special moments in our various worship services in which we stand rather than kneel? When does it feel more reverent to kneel in worship than stand, and vice versa? And, why?

Do you believe the world can recognize the love and wonder of God through a nation, a church, or an individual? What would make God’s presence in a group or person evident in the world?

 What can we do to better ensure that the world knows we honor and worship the Lord of creation and God’s redemptive love?

How strong is the assurance of God’s certain love and promise in your life? How does it make a difference in your daily routine, and through the changes of life? Can you recall a specific moment when you were aware God had fulfilled a promise in your life, and it made a tremendous difference in your life?

Do you understand your life as a disconnected string of events, or do you recognize that a loving plan is also at work? Do you see hope at work in your life? Can you recall moments that became incredible spiritual moments in your Christian life? How do you reconcile mystery and God’s active will? 

FRUIT FROM THE SEED: 

We belong to a historical walk of faith. The blessing of Solomon included events that are also very important events in our spiritual journeys. The powerful element of “journey” is that it isn’t over until God wills that it is over. We remain on spiritual journeys in Christ. God is accomplishing the unimaginable, in ways beyond our thinking. We are on an important spiritual walk in Christ. All events will one day make sense and we will see the beautiful connection. Until then, we walk by faith, trusting in a trustworthy God who does what He says.

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