May 11-17 Solomon


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Each Sunday a lesson is given from some of that week's reading. This lesson covers May 11-17.

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May 11-17 Solomon

  1. 1. Commentary <ul><li>All the commentary in this lesson is taken from: </li></ul><ul><li>The Word in Life TM </li></ul><ul><li>Study Bible </li></ul>
  2. 2. Making Preparations <ul><li>1 Chronicles 22:5 NET David said, &quot;My son Solomon is just an inexperienced young man, and the temple to be built for the LORD must be especially </li></ul>
  3. 3. Making Preparations <ul><li>magnificent so it will become famous and be considered splendid by all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for its construction.&quot; </li></ul>
  4. 4. Making Preparations <ul><li>So David made extensive preparations before he died. </li></ul><ul><li>What are you doing that will enhance the effectiveness of those who follow you? As he neared the end of his life, David made extensive preparations to allow his son Solomon to build the temple. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Making Preparations <ul><li>In fact, even though the structure was commonly known as Solomon’s temple, it could just as easily have been called David and Solomon’s temple, </li></ul>
  6. 6. Making Preparations <ul><li>for the site, design of the architecture, collection of materials and even worship format and instruments were largely prepared by David prior to his death. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Making Preparations <ul><li>David’s astute planning encourages us to ask: what sort of preparations are we making for our successors? What kind of legacy are we leaving behind? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Making Preparations <ul><li>At home, do we lead a life that will make it easier or harder for our children to understand and follow God’s ways? Do we lead by example and mentor other believers in understanding and following biblical principles? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Making Preparations <ul><li>In our work, are we leaving behind a history of character and quality on which others can build? The question of making preparations for our successors raises the issue of mentoring. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Making Preparations <ul><li>By passing on godly wisdom and council to younger people, mentors can often make the difference between success and failure in future generations. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Making Preparations <ul><li>1 Chronicles 22:19 NET Now seek the LORD your God wholeheartedly and with your entire being! Get up and build the sanctuary of the LORD God! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Making Preparations <ul><li>Then you can bring the ark of the LORD's covenant and the holy items dedicated to God's service into the temple that is built to honor the LORD.&quot; </li></ul>
  13. 13. Making Preparations <ul><li>David’s admonition to Solomon to set his heart and soul to seek the Lord is a good word for every believer today. It echoes the great commandment to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Making Preparations <ul><li>As you consider David’s advice, on what is your heart set, and for what does your soul hunger? To a large extent how you answer those two questions will determine what sort of person you are and where your loyalties lie. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Making Preparations <ul><li>Later David would claim, “With my whole heart I have sought [the Lord].” What are you seeking with your heart and soul? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Public Accountability <ul><li>1 Chronicles 28:8 NET So now, in the sight of all Israel, the LORD's assembly, and in the hearing of our God, I say this: </li></ul>
  17. 17. Public Accountability <ul><li>Carefully observe all the commands of the LORD your God, so that you may possess this good land and may leave it as a permanent inheritance for your children after you. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Public Accountability <ul><li>The idea that public officials need to be publicly accountable was a fundamental principle for David. Thus he charged the leaders of the kingdom &quot;in the sight of all Israel&quot; to follow the ways of the Lord. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Public Accountability <ul><li>Visibility is an essential part of accountability. By setting themselves under the scrutiny of others, leaders help to ensure that their actions and decisions will be aboveboard—or at least that others will be able to pass judgment on what is done. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Public Accountability <ul><li>David's charge to Israel's leadership suggests three ways to handle accountability and maintain integrity: </li></ul>
  21. 21. Public Accountability <ul><li>(1) Allow others to review plans and performance. David had developed plans for the temple with the Lord's help. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Public Accountability <ul><li>But as he passed them on to Solomon, he pointed out that many professionals and craftsmen were available to refine the plans and carry out the work. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Public Accountability <ul><li>(2) Act within a community of others. Leaders need others for advice and perspective. David called on the entire community of Israel to work together with his son to accomplish the construction of the temple. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Public Accountability <ul><li>(3) Acknowledge God's presence in everything. This was the most important objective of all. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Public Accountability <ul><li>Solomon and his leaders needed to seek out the Lord's commandments and fear Him in everything they would do. He was the One to whom they were ultimately accountable. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Public Accountability <ul><li>Do you place yourself under this kind of accountability? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you involved with others in a way that protects and promotes your integrity and development? </li></ul>
  27. 27. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>1 Chronicles 28:11 NET David gave to his son Solomon the blueprints for the temple porch, its buildings, its treasuries, its upper areas, its inner rooms, and the room for atonement. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>12 He gave him the blueprints of all he envisioned for the courts of the LORD's temple, all the surrounding rooms, </li></ul>
  29. 29. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>the storehouses of God's temple, and the storehouses for the holy items. 13 He gave him the regulation for the divisions of priests and Levites, </li></ul>
  30. 30. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>for all the assigned responsibilities within the LORD's temple, and for all the items used in the service of the LORD's temple. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>14 He gave him the prescribed weight for all the gold items to be used in various types of service in the LORD's temple, </li></ul>
  32. 32. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>for all the silver items to be used in various types of service, 15 for the gold lampstands and their gold lamps, </li></ul>
  33. 33. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>including the weight of each lampstand and its lamps, for the silver lampstands, including the weight of each lampstand and its lamps, </li></ul>
  34. 34. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>according to the prescribed use of each lampstand, 16 for the gold used in the display tables, including the amount to be used in each table, </li></ul>
  35. 35. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>for the silver to be used in the silver tables, 17 for the pure gold used for the meat forks, bowls, and jars, </li></ul>
  36. 36. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>for the small gold bowls, including the weight for each bowl, for the small silver bowls, including the weight for each bowl, </li></ul>
  37. 37. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>18 and for the refined gold of the incense altar. </li></ul><ul><li>He gave him the blueprint for the seat of the gold cherubim that spread their wings </li></ul>
  38. 38. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>and provide shelter for the ark of the LORD's covenant. 19 David said, &quot;All of this I put in writing as the LORD directed me and gave me insight regarding the details of the blueprints.&quot; </li></ul>
  39. 39. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>In today's world, planning is often thought to be a valuable skill possessed innately by born leaders or developed over time in experienced managers. </li></ul>
  40. 40. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>But Scripture describes a further dimension to planning—the wisdom of God's Spirit. </li></ul><ul><li>As David crafted plans for the temple, he was apparently given insight into what the Lord wanted. </li></ul>
  41. 41. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>His description of the planning process is interesting: &quot;The LORD made me understand in writing, by His hand upon me, all the works of these plans.&quot; </li></ul>
  42. 42. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>It was as if God had given David a blueprint for the project. </li></ul><ul><li>This was not the first time that the Lord had provided plans for construction. </li></ul>
  43. 43. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>Noah was told to build a boat and given details for its design and use. Likewise, Moses was given exceedingly detailed plans for the tabernacle and the worship to take place in it. </li></ul>
  44. 44. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>Does God reveal plans like that to people today? Perhaps not in quite the same way. Nevertheless, the Holy </li></ul><ul><li>Spirit is available to every believer for help in planning and preparation. </li></ul>
  45. 45. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>Based on what we know about the Spirit's work, especially from the New Testament, we can identify at least three characteristics of Spirit-filled planning that apply to most situations: </li></ul>
  46. 46. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>(1) Spirit-filled planning focuses on revealing and glorifying God's character. Jesus said that one important aspect of the Spirit's work is to bring glory to Jesus by revealing the things of Jesus. </li></ul>
  47. 47. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>Thus as we plan with the Spirit's help, He enables us to arrange things in a way that honors the Lord and His values. </li></ul>
  48. 48. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>(2) Spirit-filled planning prepares the way for others to succeed. David's preparations for the temple enabled Solomon to successfully complete the project. </li></ul>
  49. 49. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>While it would be a mistake to say that God always wants His people to succeed in terms of success as the world measures it, He does want His people to accomplish meaningful, productive work. </li></ul>
  50. 50. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>Thus Spirit-filled planning seeks to help people meet needs and serve the Lord with their abilities and resources, and not just benefit themselves. </li></ul>
  51. 51. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>(3) Spirit-filled planning has breadth (vision) and depth (detail). In other words, God cares about the entirety of a project. He is as interested in our means as our ends. </li></ul>
  52. 52. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>He not only wants us to honor Him in the big picture, but in the nitty-gritty as well. As we plan, the Spirit wants to help us achieve God's ultimate objective, </li></ul>
  53. 53. Spirit-Filled Planning <ul><li>the &quot;praise of His glory&quot;, and also carry out His will in specific, measurable ways. The Spirit is not limited by our needs, experiences, or desires. </li></ul>
  54. 54. From One Generation to Another <ul><li>Psalms 145:4 NET One generation will praise your deeds to another, and tell about your mighty acts! </li></ul>
  55. 55. From One Generation to Another <ul><li>Faith is never more than one generation away from extinction. That's why it is crucial that parents help their children to understand who God is and to take their first steps in walking with Him. </li></ul>
  56. 56. From One Generation to Another <ul><li>There are many ways to do that, including telling stories about the mighty things that God has done. What are you communicating to your children and grandchildren concerning the Lord and His ways? </li></ul>
  57. 57. From One Generation to Another <ul><li>Psalm 145 encourages older generations to pass down a legacy of praise to the Lord. Certainly the Lord is worthy, of praise; but do our children know that? </li></ul>
  58. 58. Good To All <ul><li>Psalms 145:9 NET The LORD is good to all, and has compassion on all he has made. </li></ul>
  59. 59. Good To All <ul><li>Perhaps you have the subtle belief that God's goodness extends only to certain people. If this is your understanding, then consider the truth of Psalm 145 —the Lord is good to all. ( Psalm 145:9 ) </li></ul>
  60. 60. Good To All <ul><li>(It is instructive to look at how many times the word &quot;all&quot; is used in this psalm.) </li></ul><ul><li>Does it seem hard to believe that God's goodness extends to everyone in the world? </li></ul>
  61. 61. Good To All <ul><li>Then consider that God is the source of all goodness, ( Luke 18:19; James 1:17 ) and He reaches out to all the people of the world with the good news of His love. ( John 3:17; 2 Pet. 3:9 ) For that reason He is near to &quot;all who call upon Him&quot; </li></ul>
  62. 62. Praise for God the Creator <ul><li>Psalm 104 reads like an eyewitness account of God's creation of the world. Structured much like Genesis 1 , Psalm 104 takes us on a spectacular tour in praise of the Lord's handiwork, </li></ul>
  63. 63. Praise for God the Creator <ul><li>from the immensity of star-spangled skies to the seemingly insignificant habitats of Middle Eastern wildlife. </li></ul><ul><li>Psalms 104:10 NET He turns springs into streams; they flow between the mountains. </li></ul>
  64. 64. Praise for God the Creator <ul><li>11 They provide water for all the animals in the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. 12 The birds of the sky live beside them; they chirp among the bushes. </li></ul>
  65. 65. Praise for God the Creator <ul><li>13 He waters the mountains from the upper rooms of his palace; the earth is full of the fruit you cause to grow. </li></ul>
  66. 66. Praise for God the Creator <ul><li>14 He provides grass for the cattle, and crops for people to cultivate, so they can produce food from the ground, 15 as well as wine that makes people feel so good, </li></ul>
  67. 67. Praise for God the Creator <ul><li>and so they can have oil to make their faces shine, as well as food that sustains people's lives. 16 The trees of the LORD receive all the rain they need, </li></ul>
  68. 68. Praise for God the Creator <ul><li>the cedars of Lebanon which he planted, 17 where the birds make nests, near the evergreens in which the herons live. </li></ul>
  69. 69. Praise for God the Creator <ul><li>18 The wild goats live in the high mountains; the rock badgers find safety in the cliffs. 19 He made the moon to mark the months, </li></ul>
  70. 70. Praise for God the Creator <ul><li>and the sun sets according to a regular schedule. 20 You make it dark and night comes, during which all the beasts of the forest prowl around. </li></ul>
  71. 71. Praise for God the Creator <ul><li>21 The lions roar for prey, seeking their food from God. 22 When the sun rises, they withdraw and sleep in their dens </li></ul>
  72. 72. Praise for God the Creator <ul><li>23 Men then go out to do their work, and labor away until evening. </li></ul>
  73. 73. Praise for God the Creator <ul><li>Not only has God created the world. He sustains it with loving attention. His concern extends even to the needs of birds and animals, for which He provides food and drink. </li></ul>
  74. 74. God And The Environment <ul><li>Scripture shows clearly that the Lord watches over every aspect of the creation, including its conservation. </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul>
  75. 75. God And The Environment <ul><li>• In the beginning, God commanded Adam and Eve to cultivate and keep the garden. That kind of stewardship will rule out wanton destruction </li></ul>
  76. 76. God And The Environment <ul><li>• Later, God was sorry that He had created humans because of their wickedness. So He determined to destroy everyone through a flood. However, He saved not only Noah and his family, but animals as well. </li></ul>
  77. 77. God And The Environment <ul><li>• After the Flood, God made a covenant that &quot;never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood.&quot; </li></ul>
  78. 78. God And The Environment <ul><li>• Later, God instructed the Hebrews to allow their cropland to be rested (left fallow) every seventh year in order to rejuvenate it and preserve it. </li></ul>
  79. 79. God And The Environment <ul><li>• The Law also prohibited the unnecessary destruction of fruit and nut trees and the killing of mother birds even for food. </li></ul>
  80. 80. God And The Environment <ul><li>God cares about what He has created, and He has charged us as people to wisely manage those resources, to use them for our good and for His glory. </li></ul>
  81. 81. God And The Environment <ul><li>As we face increasingly complex environmental issues, we need to view the earth as a sacred trust from God's hands, for which He will hold us accountable. If He cares about every single creature on the planet, shouldn't we? </li></ul>
  82. 82. Rejoicing in Unity <ul><li>National unity is a valuable asset for any people. The Israelites especially needed unity during the first days of David's reign. </li></ul>
  83. 83. Rejoicing in Unity <ul><li>Under Saul, they had been divided over whether to continue supporting their troubled king whom God had rejected and who more and more rejected God. </li></ul>
  84. 84. Rejoicing in Unity <ul><li>Psalms 133:1 GNB How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God's people to live together in harmony! </li></ul>
  85. 85. Rejoicing in Unity <ul><li>Psalms 133:1 MKJV </li></ul><ul><li>A Song of degrees; of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! </li></ul>
  86. 86. Preserving Unity <ul><li>Without question, unity among relatives and members of the same community is good and pleasant. ( Ps. 133:1 ) But unity must not only be attained, it must be carefully preserved. </li></ul>
  87. 87. Preserving Unity <ul><li>For more on how believers can maintain unity, especially in the face of conflict, see Christ's instructions for handling offenses between believers in Matt. 18:15-35 . </li></ul>
  88. 88. Preserving Unity <ul><li>You'll find a cautious and careful process to be pursued, with the goal of restoration driving the entire procedure. </li></ul>
  89. 89. The Great King Is Praised <ul><li>Psalm 72 celebrates the zenith of Israel's kingdom under Solomon. Justice and righteousness prevail, the Israelites dominate the ancient Middle East, the people live in prosperity, and God is worshiped and feared. </li></ul>
  90. 90. The Great King Is Praised <ul><li>In short, the covenant is being fulfilled. (compare Deut. 28:1-14 ) This psalm is also believed to refer to the reign of the Messiah. </li></ul>
  91. 91. The Great King Is Praised <ul><li>Psalms 72:1 NET </li></ul><ul><li>O God, grant the king the ability to make just decisions! Grant the king's son the ability to make fair decisions! </li></ul>
  92. 92. An Anthem For The King <ul><li>Psalm 72 may have been a coronation anthem or a theme played on occasions of state. However, the king hailed in this psalm is highly idealized. </li></ul>
  93. 93. An Anthem For The King <ul><li>No king from Israel's history lived up to the profile celebrated here. Who is this ideal king? We can gain some clues to his identity by observing how this psalm describes him: </li></ul>
  94. 94. An Anthem For The King <ul><li>He will bring justice to the poor. </li></ul><ul><li>He will bring peace throughout the land. </li></ul><ul><li>He will save the children of the needy. </li></ul><ul><li>He will end political oppression. </li></ul>
  95. 95. An Anthem For The King <ul><li>He will bring abundance and prosperity to both the country and the city. </li></ul><ul><li>His kingdom will be worldwide and will last forever. </li></ul><ul><li>Only one ruler matches this description perfectly—&quot;the LORD God, the God of Israel&quot; </li></ul>
  96. 96. An Anthem For The King <ul><li>He is the ideal King. Yet His righteous rule sets a pattern for human political leaders to pursue. To that end, they deserve our prayers and support. </li></ul>
  97. 97. The Godly Use Of Power <ul><li>Psalms 72:2 NET Then he will judge your people fairly, and your oppressed ones equitably. </li></ul><ul><li>Because history includes many cases of people in authority abusing their power, </li></ul>
  98. 98. The Godly Use Of Power <ul><li>some people are skeptical about the nature of power. They have concluded that power by its very nature is corruptive. But while the Bible is realistic about the tendency of sinners to abuse power, </li></ul>
  99. 99. The Godly Use Of Power <ul><li>it also gives examples of rulers who used their authority wisely and with godly integrity. Although it is generally believed to refer prophetically to the Messiah, Psalm 72 also sets forth principles for a godly use of power. </li></ul>
  100. 100. The Godly Use Of Power <ul><li>The piece was composed either by or for Solomon, who exercised more power during his reign than any the other Israelite kings, including his father David. Psalm 72 suggests a number of practical ways a ruler can use power. </li></ul>
  101. 101. The Godly Use Of Power <ul><li>To judge with righteousness and justice. </li></ul><ul><li>To bring peace to the people, and to restrain crime and violence. </li></ul><ul><li>To bring justice to the poor and the children of the needy, and to allocate resources in a way that is compassionate </li></ul>
  102. 102. The Godly Use Of Power <ul><li>To undo the work of oppressors, and to prevent the powerful from hurting the little people. </li></ul><ul><li>To gain the respect and support of the citizens. </li></ul>
  103. 103. The Godly Use Of Power <ul><li>That is how a ruler can exercise power. On the other side of the power equation are those affected by the leader's use of power. </li></ul><ul><li>They include: </li></ul>
  104. 104. The Godly Use Of Power <ul><li>The people of the nation, who will respond with respect and admiration. </li></ul><ul><li>The poor among the people. </li></ul><ul><li>The children of the needy, who have little stake in the community. </li></ul>
  105. 105. The Godly Use Of Power <ul><li>Those who oppress others, who will be hindered in their abusive tendencies. </li></ul><ul><li>Neighboring nations, who will pay respect. </li></ul><ul><li>Many areas of life are affected: </li></ul>
  106. 106. The Godly Use Of Power <ul><li>Nature and agriculture. </li></ul><ul><li>Human relationships. </li></ul><ul><li>The economy. </li></ul><ul><li>International relations. </li></ul><ul><li>The future. </li></ul>
  107. 107. The Godly Use Of Power <ul><li>If you are in a position of authority and power over other people, consider the influence you have, and how you can use it in ways that honor the Lord. </li></ul>
  108. 108. The Godly Use Of Power <ul><li>Are there changes you need to make in the way you exercise authority? Are you living up to the godly ideals of Psalm 72 ? </li></ul>
  109. 109. The Emperor of Israel <ul><li>Psalms 72:8 NET May he rule from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth! </li></ul><ul><li>Solomon, by whom or for whom Psalm 72 was composed, (see the title) </li></ul>
  110. 110. The Emperor of Israel <ul><li>effectively controlled an empire-like territory that stretched from the Euphrates to the Mediterranean, and from Asia Minor to the Gulf of Aqaba and Egypt. (compare Psalm 72:8 ) </li></ul>
  111. 111. Gifts from Sheba <ul><li>Psalms 72:10 NET The kings of Tarshish and the coastlands will offer gifts; the kings of Sheba and Seba will bring tribute. </li></ul>
  112. 112. Gifts from Sheba <ul><li>The queen of Sheba visited Solomon and presented him with an unprecedented abundance of gold, jewels, and spices. The names Sheba and Seba ( Psalm 72:10 ) probably referred to </li></ul>
  113. 113. Gifts from Sheba <ul><li>two kingdoms in or near the mountainous portion of southwest Arabia (now Yemen). They controlled much </li></ul><ul><li>of the trade from India and eastern Africa with the Middle East. </li></ul>
  114. 114. The Worship of Kings <ul><li>Psalms 72:11 NET All kings will bow down to him; all nations will serve him. </li></ul><ul><li>The composer of Psalm 72 recognized that if Israel's king served the Lord and ruled with integrity, other rulers would be attracted to the God of Israel. </li></ul>
  115. 115. The Worship of Kings <ul><li>That is exactly what happened in the reign of Solomon. The queen of Sheba journeyed to Jerusalem not merely to see Solomon's impressive building or to negotiate strategic trading agreements, but to learn more about Solomon's God. </li></ul>
  116. 116. The Worship of Kings <ul><li>This responsibility of the Israelite kings to attract other leaders to the Lord was something that Solomon's father David originally envisioned. </li></ul>
  117. 117. Our Application <ul><li>What are you doing that will enhance the effectiveness of those who follow you? </li></ul><ul><li>What are you seeking with your heart and soul? On what is your heart set, and for what does your soul hunger? </li></ul>