SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- In verses 1-12 we learn some of the details of the construction of Solomon's palace. Included were some civic buildings.
- In verses 13-51 we learn of the furnishings for the temple. It's obvious that there was a priority on choosing only the best for God's "home."
- "he brought in all the things his father David had dedicated" (verse 51) - These were valuable objects David has secured through war or as gifts from the kings of other nations.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- We learn in 6:38 that it took seven years to build God's temple, and in 7:1 that it took thirteen years to build Solomon's palace. We don't know if that necessarily means that Solomon gave his "house" a higher priority than God's "house." We do know that it is really easy for all of us to put ourselves above God. When we do that our lives are out of order and there will be consequences. We need to put God first.
- In verses 40-46 Huram makes items of worship for the temple. The items they used back then for worship would seem strange to us, but items we use for worship (guitars, hymnbooks, projectors and words on screens) would seem strange to them. Worship can look different, but the point is always the same, to glorify God. The word "worship" means to ascribe worth. Worship is proclaiming that God is the one who is most worthy. God is first.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Are you putting God first?
- Where in your life are you putting yourself above God? -- Are there decisions you make that don't honor God? Is the way you use your time and energy glorifying God? When you come to church, do you truly use that time to focus on God and try to glorify Him (through singing, thanking Him, learning more about Him, serving Him) with everything you have?
- If you see places where you're not putting God first, confess that to God. Ask Him for help in making the changes you need to make.