Solomon’s Blessing/Solomon’s Anticipates Praise/ Commitment to Success
Jan 26, 2020
1 Kings 8: 54-66
MEMORY SELECTION: “The Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers: Let Him not leave us, nor forsake us: that He may incline our hearts unto Him, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments, and His statutes and His judgments, which he commanded our fathers .”(1 Kings 8:57-58, KJV)
GUIDING PRINCIPLE: Prayer is necessary to discern the will of God. Every good idea is not God’s plan. God desires for us to submit to His Will by Obeying His Laws and Commands.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED:
Deuteronomy 6: 16-25; Psalm 91; Deuteronomy 8: 11-20; Hebrews 4: 14-5:10; Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 4:12-17; Matthew 4:1-11
EXAMINE: Solomon’s prayer of dedication.
AFFIRM: God’s continued faithfulness to His people.
COMMIT: Ourselves to obeying God’s commands.
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND
- Why is it important to seek God’s direction before implementing a plan?
- What role does prayer have in our success as we engage in new endeavors?
- How does God’s presence make a difference in our lives?
- How does God provide help in meeting our daily needs?
- How can we draw closer to God and discern His will?
- How will the world know “the LORD is God”?
- What will people conclude by watching you?
A. Renewed Commitment (1 King 8: 54-58)
- Solomon offered the third prayer during the dedication of the Temple. (Verses 54-61)
- Solomon address the people of Israel who has assembled for the historic occasion.
- Prayer of blessing and praise to God. Praises God for rest from Israel’s enemies and faithfulness
- Solomon and his generation of Israelites need God’s presence just as much as their ancestors did.
- We have to yield our hearts, minds, and souls totally to God.
- Surely the Lord has made many promises and none of them have failed.
- We need to stay close to the Lord so that He can keep our hearts turned to Him.
B. Requesting God’s Help (1 Kings 8: 59-61)
- God appoint King Solomon to serve.
- Solomon recognized him and the people of Israel necessity of requesting God’s help to meet their daily needs.
- As the people obeyed God, their daily needs were provided, King Solomon hoped that God’s glory would be known in the entire world.
- Solomon appeals to the Lord to remember all the prayer and supplication he brought before Him on behalf of himself and of his people.
- He further asks the Lord to keep watch over all the requests and to meet his and the needs of his people accordingly.
- Calling on the people to maintain a good relationship with the Lord. “Let your heart be perfect with the Lord our God’ The word “perfect” which means complete, whole. They should walk in His statutes; and third, they should keep His commandments.
If we walk in God’s ways and keep His Word, people will come to know that our God, Jehovah is the only true God, and there are no others like Him.
PLANTING THE SEED:
- Do you believe the current generation, and future generations, will know and appreciate what God’s people did years earlier for the kingdom?
- What does it mean to you to “rest in the Lord?” When did those moments occur when you felt at peace for a period of time?
- How do you understand rest in this life, and in the life to come? Do these understandings bring you comfort?
- What do you think it means for God to “draw” you toward godliness?
- How do you believe God “turns” you toward righteousness?
- Can you recall moments when you were very aware God was drawing you toward morality and away from secularism?
- How do you think the building and dedication of the Temple influenced them to recommit their lives to God?
FRUIT FROM THE SEED: Once we align our lives with God, He can direct us according to His divine plan. It becomes easier to know what to do because the Holy Spirit helps us understand the needs. Without God, we can do nothing. Our faith is a gift; even our desire to obey is the work of grace (Ephesians 2:8–9). The world needs God to be a light in our life so they can know He is real.