Lesson 38 – Solomon Builds the
• Solomon understood that God could not be contained in heaven, much less in the house that he had built (1 Kings ). But the temple could be a house for God's name (1 Kings -18,20,29). Read Exodus 3:13-15 to help you recall the Hebrew thought about God's name. Review the seventh paragraph of the "Bible Background" and think about what it might mean for the name of God to be housed in the temple.
Ø Think of stories of times you have been part of a dedication in the life of your church, such as a ceremony for a new addition, new hymnals, or a new organ. Write down a few of these occasions.
Ø What do such ceremonies all have in common?
Ø How are these ceremonies similar or different from Solomon’s dedication of the temple?
“O Holy One of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and steadfast love for your servants who walk before you with all their heart.”
most special achievement was his building of the temple to God that David had planned to build. In 1 Chronicles we have many references to David's part in organizing the worship of God in
2Solomon builds a
temple that, based on evidence found at excavated sites in the
3Most of the religious acts were performed outside the temple, in the large surrounding courtyard. The high altar for the sacrifices dominated this scene. This altar may have been placed directly over the threshing floor that David had bought from Araunah. Or it is possible that the Holy of Holies, the inner room of the temple, was just above that spot, since that room was elevated above the floor of the main room of the temple, perhaps by as much as 17 feet. This Holy of Holies was a perfect cube, 20 cubits wide, high, and deep, a bit more than 34 feet.
4The temple and its
furnishings were built under the direction of Hiram, a Phoenician from
5Finally, the day came for the dedication of the
temple. (See 1 Kings
8:1—9:9 and 2 Chronicles 5— 7.) A great procession led the way from the city of
6Then Solomon led the
congregation in praise to God for all God's goodness to the people of
7What the temple does contain is the
divine name. It is the place toward which
8God is not, of course, bound to the
temple. Solomon is praying that God will be gracious enough to accept this center for worship and enter in a special way into
the lives of the worshipers as they
'Solomon's great prayer also includes a petition that God hear the prayers of
non-Israelites who will come to the temple
and pray. This is to be a "house
of prayer for all peoples" (Isaiah 56:7); it is not only
10Solomon was a great king of
1 Kings 8:1-30
Solomon assembled the elders of
2 All the
3 And all the
4 So they brought up the ark of the LORD, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the tent; the priests and the Levites brought them up.
Solomon and all the congregation of
6 Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the most holy place, underneath the wings of the cherubim.
7 For the cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim made a covering above the ark and its poles.
8 The poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the holy place in front of the inner sanctuary; but they could not be seen from outside; they are there to this day.
9 There was
nothing in the ark except the two tablets of stone that Moses had placed there
at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the Israelites, when they came
out of the
10 And when the priests came out of the holy place, a cloud filled the house of the LORD,
11 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD.
12 Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that he would dwell in thick darkness.
13 I have built you an exalted house, a place for you to dwell in forever."
14 Then the
king turned around and blessed all the assembly of
15 He said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who with his hand has fulfilled what he promised with his mouth to my father David, saying,
16 'Since the day that I brought my people Israel out of Egypt, I have not chosen a city from any of the tribes of Israel in which to build a house, that my name might be there; but I chose David to be over my people Israel.'
17 My father David had it in mind to build a house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
18 But the LORD said to my father David, 'You did well to consider building a house for my name;
19 nevertheless you shall not build the house, but your son who shall be born to you shall build the house for my name.'
20 Now the
LORD has upheld the promise that he made; for I have risen in the place of my
father David; I sit on the throne of
21 There I
have provided a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of the LORD that he
made with our ancestors when he brought them out of the
Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly
23 He said, "O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and steadfast love for your servants who walk before you with all their heart,
24 the covenant that you kept for your servant my father David as you declared to him; you promised with your mouth and have this day fulfilled with your hand.
25 Therefore, O LORD, God of Israel, keep for your servant my father David that which you promised him, saying, 'There shall never fail you a successor before me to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your children look to their way, to walk before me as you have walked before me.'
26 Therefore, O God of Israel, let your word be confirmed, which you promised to your servant my father David.
27 "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built!
28 Regard your servant's prayer and his plea, O LORD my God, heeding the cry and the prayer that your servant prays to you today;
29 that your eyes may be open night and day toward this house, the place of which you said, 'My name shall be there,' that you may heed the prayer that your servant prays toward this place.
30 Hear the
plea of your servant and of your people