The Presentation of Solomon (Daily Portion 10228)

Content Author: 
Reagan, David
Scripture Passage: 
1 Chronicles 28:1-21

Here, David spoke to the people in order to present Solomon as the next king and to establish him as the builder of the temple. David also shows the importance of preparation in the work he did to get ready for the construction of the house of the Lord.

What Does It Say?

  1. David had in his heart to build a house of _______ for the ark of the covenant, but God did not allow him to do so because he had been a man of _______.
  2. God promised concerning Solomon, “Moreover I will establish his kingdom for ever, if he be _________ to do my commandments and my judgments.”
  3. David encouraged Solomon to know the God of his father and serve Him with a _________ heart and with a __________ mind.
  4. Oliver Cromwell said, “Man is immortal till his work is done.” David promised Solomon that the Lord would be with him; that “he will not fail thee, not forsake thee, until thou hast _________ all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.”
  5. Many people will be available to help Solomon build the temple, including for all manner of workmanship every willing _________ man.

What Does It Mean?

  1. Please read verse nine. This verse teaches that the Lord understands all the imaginations of the thoughts. Explain what this means. Now consider what this verse says before and after this phrase and answer the question: how should this understanding of the Lord motivate us? That is, knowing God has this knowledge, what should we do? Try to give a deeper answer than: we should think good thoughts.
  2. Where did Solomon get the plans for the temple? Ultimately, where did they come from? See verses 12 and 19. Why is this significant?
  3. David gathered “gold for the pattern of the chariot of the cherubims” (v.18). This is a description of the cherubim that were placed in the Holy of Holies with the ark of the covenant and the mercy seat. How many cherubim were in the Holy of Holies (compare Exodus 25:18 with 1 Kings 6:23 – Note: the correct answer is not two)? Why would scripture speak of the CHARIOT of the cherubims? Compare Ezekiel 10:1-22. See also Psalm 68:17.

What Does It Mean to Me?

  1. See verses 2-3. David was called a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). He was the “sweet psalmist of Israel” (2 Samuel 23:1). Yet, God did not allow him to build the temple (“an house of rest”) because he was a “man of war.” This should teach us to be patient when God does not use us for something we desire to do. God divides His Spirit “to every man severally as he will” (1 Corinthians 12:11). What things have you wished you could do that God has not allowed? What has your reaction been? David did not react in anger but helped the man God chose to build the temple. Give some modern examples from your own life and from the lives of those you know. What can we learn from this?
  2. David encouraged Solomon to do the job God had given to him. In verse 10, he states, “be strong, and do it.” In verse 20, he says, Be strong and of good courage, and do it.” When do we need encouragement like this? Why is being strong and courageous connected with doing something? When do you need this kind of advice?

Suggested Memory Verses

1 Chronicles 28:20

David Reagan
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 14:24

The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.