Today’s passage: 1 Chronicles 28:1-21
- King David is charging his son Solomon to serve God and Israel faithfully as the next king, and to build the Temple. In order to ensure everyone knows the plan, he invited every official, even the Secretaries of Donkeys and Olive Oil.
- In David’s speech, he acknowledges God’s will in choosing the line of Judah (Genesis 49:10), himself, Solomon, and the promise of God to have a king on the throne forever (Christ).
- Nearly every detail of the Temple was envisioned and meticulously planned by David. Solomon’s job was to realize the vision.
- David knew the weight of this duty, and the size and scope. There was a reason he encouraged his son to be strong and courageous.
Questions to consider:
- What was the reasoning David gave Solomon to have courage? Why didn’t Solomon need to fear? (Verse 20) What fears might you struggle with that would flee with the realities of our God firmly in your mind?
- What do you think would have been going through Solomon’s mind during this occasion? What instructions might have seemed daunting? What would he have thought about the presence of all these people during his instruction? What sense of duty and responsibility would he have had? Why was it only right for him to rely on God for it all and to work together with God’s people to see the work through to the end?
- How could we take these thoughts and lessons and apply them to God’s calling on our lives to fulfill the Great Commission? Why can we be sure of the mission’s success? Who are we to work together with to accomplish it? What must be our motivation?