When David was king, he wanted to build a temple for God, but God promised David that his son would build the temple. When Solomon was king, he built the temple. The temple was where God met with His people, and it gave God’s people a more permanent place to worship Him. The priests followed specific instructions to approach God on behalf of His people. We no longer need someone else to approach God on our behalf because of how Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and therefore making a way for us, sinners, to come to God. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:6
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is God chose Solomon to build a temple where He would dwell with His people.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from 1 Kings 6-8. This story can be found on page 88 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
Solomon began to build a temple for the Lord. The temple was to replace the tent where God had met with His people for hundreds of years – ever since God had led the Israelites out of Egypt. Solomon ordered thousands of workers to help build the temple.
God blessed the temple and made a promise to Solomon: “If you obey My commands, I will keep the promise I made to David. I will live among the Israelites, and I will not abandon My people.”
The construction of the temple took seven more years. The craftsmanship was remarkable! The cedar paneling inside the temple was carved with ornamental gourds and flower blossoms. Solomon overlaid everything on the inside of the temple with pure gold. He also hired men to make bronze furnishings for the temple, such as bronze bowls for holding water.
Now that the temple was complete, it was time for Solomon to move the ark of God from its place on Mount Zion to the new temple in Jerusalem. Solomon gathered the leaders of Israel. As the priests moved the ark, its holy utensils, and the tent of meeting, King Solomon and everyone who had gathered sacrificed sheep and cattle to the Lord.
The priests put the ark of the covenant in the most holy place in the temple. When the priests came out of the temple, a cloud filled the temple. God’s glory was in the cloud.
Solomon turned to speak to the Israelites. “Praise God!” he said. “God promised David that his son would build a temple. God kept His promise!”
Solomon stood and prayed with his hands spread out toward heaven. “There is no God like You!” he said. Then Solomon thought about the future. He knew Israel would sin and make God angry again. Solomon asked for forgiveness, and he asked God to hear their prayers.
When Solomon had finished praying, he turned toward the Israelites and encouraged them to love and obey God. The people offered sacrifices to God. When they returned to their homes, they were joyful because God was good to them.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- How had God been with His people before the temple? (in a tent, the tabernacle)
- Did it take a few men or many men to build the temple? (many)
- What did God promise Solomon? (if Solomon obeyed God, God would never leave the Israelites)
- What filled the temple after the priests came out? (a cloud)
- What was in the cloud? (God’s glory)
- How long did it take to complete the temple? (seven years)
- What did the priests place inside the most holy place? (the ark of the covenant)
- What happened when the priests left the most holy place? (the cloud of God’s glory filled the temple)
- What did Solomon ask God to do? (Solomon asked God to hear the Israelites when they prayed and made sacrifices in the temple)
- Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
Now is a great time to worship together as a family. You can sing a personal favorite, you can use this lyrics video to sing All The Saints (Holy, Holy, Holy), or sing our Kids City songs from this unit.
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
God is holy. Only the priests could go into God’s special place in the temple, and they had to follow many rules because they were sinful. Jesus took away our sin when He died on the cross. When we know and love Jesus, we talk to God on our own.
Because God is holy, only the priests could approach God – and only if they followed specific instructions. Ordinary people had no direct access to the holy presence of God. Jesus changed all that. By His death on the cross, Jesus took away our sin. We can approach God intimately and individually when we trust Jesus as Lord and Savior.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
As you pray, thank God for sending His Son, Jesus, to take away our sins so that we can pray to God directly and not through a priest. Pray and thank God that He is not kept inside a temple or any other space – and praise Him that He is always with us!