Solomon was the wise son of David and the king of Israel. The name Solomon means “Peace”. The period when Solomon reigned over Israel was a time of peace because God loved him and allowed peace to reign during his time so that he could build a house for Him. You too can enjoy the peace of God only if you give your heart to Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace (Romans 5:1).
Text: 1 Kings 5:1-18; 6:1-38; 2 Chronicles 2:1-18; 3:1-17; 4:1-22
David, the father of King Solomon loved God so much. He was a man after God’s heart who feared God, obeyed God’s words and strongly desired to build a house (a temple) for God. But God did not allow David to build a house for Him because David had been a man of war who had shed much blood in fighting the battles of the Lord against the enemies of Israel. God told David that Solomon, his son would build the house of God which David desired to build (1 Kings 8:17-19).
For many years after leaving Egypt, the children of Israel worshipped God in tents and tabernacles (2 Samuel 7:6). Therefore, David wanted to build a house for God, but God told him not to, that it was Solomon his son that would build the house (2 Samuel 7:12,13). However, the preparation to build the temple of God started before the death of David (2 Chronicles 29:2). According to the word and the promise of God, it was Solomon, the son of David that built the first temple for the God of Israel. This temple was a place of worship and fellowshipping with God.
Today, God still desires to fellowship with us not only in buildings made with hand but in your body which is the temple of God. You must surrender everything to Him. We shall consider our study under the following subheadings:
1. SOLOMON’S PREPARATIONS TO BUILD GOD’S TEMPLE: 1 Kings 5:1-18; 2 Chronicles 2:1-18
In preparation to build the temple, Solomon made an elaborate plan. Planning is very necessary in every step that we take in life. A person that fails to plan has already planned to fail. The success of any project depends on our adequate preparation. In the area of choice of subjects, school to attend, career to pursue, where to live, church to attend etc, there is need for proper planning.
Solomon’s planning involved: (i) Provision of all necessary building materials. He ordered for and got the best materials (wood, iron, brass, precious stones, silver, gold etc) that was available. (ii) Mobilization and training of skilled workers. Solomon sought for highly skilled and technically sound workers. He looked out for the best both within and outside his kingdom. He trained all the workers and divided them according to their skills. This is called division of labour. Everyone has one work or the other to do.
We learn from Solomon that we should always make proper preparation and give the best service to our God. As children choir members, prayer warriors, artists, those cleaning the church and in whatever area you are serving the Lord, always give your best to Jesus.
King Solomon planned to build God’s temple
*PROVISION OF ALL
NECESSARY BUILDING MATERIALS.
*TRAINING OF SKILLED WORKERS.
2. SOLOMON BUILDS GOD’S TEMPLE: 1 Kings 6:1-38; 2 Chronicles 3:1-17; 4:1-22
After a proper preparation, “Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the LORD appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite” (2 Chronicles 3:1).
The actual building of the temple started in the 480th year after the children of Israel left Egypt. This was the 4th year of Solomon’s reign. Solomon finished the building of the temple in the 11th year of his reign. That means, it took 7 years to build God’s temple (1 Kings 6:1,38).
The major things to note and lessons to learn in the building of the temple are:
- All the stones used in building the house were cut into right sizes before they were brought into the temple. There was no sound of hammer, axe or any tool of iron heard in the temple during the building. This was to preserve holiness at the temple site and minimize noise.
Children should learn from this, that our worship of God must be solemn and holy. Rowdiness, climbing up to the altar, unnecessary noise making and running around should be avoided in the church during worship (1 Kings 6:7).
- 70,000 men were bearer of burdens who cut and transported the huge stones for building, 80,000 men were quarry men, and 3,300 men were overseers who supervised the work (1 Kings 5:15,16). This means that every child is expected to be involved in the work of God such as evangelism, visitation, church building, cleaning the church, singing in the choir etc. The workers cannot be too many and no one should be idle.
King Solomon built God’s temple in 7 years.
(iii)The king commanded that they use great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones to lay the foundation of the house (1Kings 5:17). We must not offer cheap or inferior service to God. The best materials and time should be used in the service of God.
- Specialists and experts were hired to do the work (2 Chronicles 2:14). Every child must use his/her talent and skill for the work of God. You can play musical instruments, sing in the choir, draw beautiful pictures, recite and meditate on the word of God and use your talents to please Him.
- The temple was beautified with flowers and palm trees, bronze materials and a great bronze basin for washing. The inside was overlaid with pure gold. All these shows us that heaven is a beautiful place where every child should desire to be. Will you be there?
3. GOD’S TEMPLE TODAY: 1 Corinthians 3:9-17; 2 Corinthians 6:16-18; Revelation 3:20
When a child repents of his bad ways and gives his heart to Jesus, such a child becomes a child of God and the temple of God. God, through the Holy Spirit begins to live inside such a child as it is written “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (2 Corinthians 6:16).
Solomon built a physical temple, but our Lord Jesus Christ has made all born again boys and girls the temple of the living God – a spiritual temple. To become a temple of God, you must open the door of your heart for Jesus Christ to come in. Jesus says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). As the temple of God, you must make a clean break from every sinful desire of the body and live in holiness and righteousness all the days of your life. At the end, you will get to heaven, and live in a beautiful mansion and worship in temples not made with hand. You must prepare now to get there!
You must give your life to Jesus so that your body will be the temple of the Holy Spirit.
- Why was Solomon able to settle down to build God’s temple?
- a) When did the preparations for the building of God’s temple begin?
b) When did the actual building of the temple begin?
- Mention two things Solomon did in preparation for the building of God’s temple. _______________________
- Mention three things you learnt from the things Solomon did when building the temple. ____________
- a) Who is God’s temple today? ______________________
b) How can a sinful child become God’s temple? _____
MEMORY VERSE: “And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD” (1 Kings
LESSON: Solomon faithfully followed the pattern given to him in building the house of God.
THOUGHT: I offer my body to Christ as His temple so He can live in me forever.
ACTIVITY: Read the following passages in the book of Revelation and write out what the Bible says in each passage about the temple of God.
|S/N||Passage||What it says about the believer and the temple of God|
HOMEWORK: From your imagination, draw the temple that Solomon built. Make it beautiful and hang it in your church.
CONGREGATIONAL SONG GHS: 85 – GIVE OF YOUR BEST TO THE
CHORUSES: (1) Solomon built the temple of God. (2) My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. (3) My God is big, bigger than mountain.