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Solomon Builds the Temple

1 Kings 5-10

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      I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people, in the courts of the house of the Lord - in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord. Psalm 116:18-19

Opening Prayer

Solomon's First Ally (1 Kings 5)
    Who was the first world leader to reach out in alliance to Solomon?
      1 Kings 5:1
    In what way had Hiram been on friendly terms with David?
      2 Samuel 5:11
    How did Solomon respond to Hiram's gesture of goodwill?
      1 Kings 5:2-5

David's Temple (2 Samuel 7)
    Had David really been prevented from building a temple for God?
      2 Samuel 7:1-5
    What did God say must happen first?
      2 Samuel 7:10-11a
    Did this happen under Solomon's reign?
      1 Kings 4:20, 25

God's Temple (2 Samuel 7:11-16)
    How did God turn his rejection of David's desire to build a temple into a blessing?
      2 Samuel 7:11b-16
    Who was God speaking about besides Solomon?
      Hebrews 1:4-5 (Matthew 3:7)

    Was David able to contribute at all towards God's temple?
      1 Chronicles 28:11-12
    Did David do anything for the temple other than document God's designs?
      1 Chronicles 22:5, 14-16

Solomon's Temple (1 Kings 6)
    How long had the Israelites worshipped God in a tent?
      1 Kings 6:1
    How large did Solomon make the temple?
      1 Kings 6:2
    How elaborate was the temple?
      1 Kings 6:7, 18, 21-22

Temple Furnishings (1 Kings 7-9)
    What types of furnishings did Solomon provide for the temple?
      1 Kings 7:41-45, 48-50
    What did Solomon do after the temple was completed?
      1 Kings 8:1, 62-63, 65b
    What did God do after the temple was completed?
      1 Kings 8:10-11; 9:3
      1 Kings 9:4-7

Today's Temple (1 Kings 6-7)
    Who made it possible for everyone to enter the Holy Place and Most Holy Place?
      Hebrews 9:6-8, 11-12, 26b
    When did this happen?
      Matthew 27:50-51
    Why don't we offer sacrifices on the altar any more?
      Hebrews 10:11-14

    The Sea held 11,500 gallons of water for the priests to wash before entering the Holy Place.
    What does the Christian Church have that is similar to the Sea?
      Acts 22:16
    What other washing and cleansing is supplied through the church?
      Ephesians 5:25-17

    Golden lampstands gave light to the temple. What light do the candles in our church signify?
      John 8:12
    What parallel do we have for the bread of God's Presence placed on the table every Sabbath?
      1 Corinthians 10:16
    The ark in the Most Holy Place held the Ten Commandments. Were these abolished by Jesus?
      Matthew 5:17-18

Importance of the Temple (John 4:20-24)
    What happened to the temple and its furnishings nearly 400 years later?
      2 Kings 24:13; 25:9, 13-14
    What effect did this have on the Jews?
      Lamentations 2:7, 10-11
    How did Jesus further raise the anger of Jews after clearing the temple marketplace?
      John 2:18-22 (Mark 14:58)

    How important was the temple to the Jews?
      John 4:20
    What lesson did Jesus have regarding the importance of worshipping in the temple?
      John 4:21-24

Solomon's Palace (1 Kings 7)
    How long did it take Solomon to build the temple?
      1 Kings 6:37-38
    How long did it take Solomon to build his palace?
      1 Kings 7:1

    How large was the palace and what was it called?
      1 Kings 7:2
    How elaborate were the palace furnishings?
      1 Kings 10:16-17

Solomon's Fame (1 Kings 10:1-9)
    How extensive was Solomon's kingdom?
      1 Kings 4:21, 24
    Was this peace a result of Solomon keeping a low profile?
      1 Kings 4:34
    How far did word of Solomon's wisdom spread?
      1 Kings 10:1

    Was Solomon able to answer the queen's hard questions?
      1 Kings 10:3, 6-7
    How did Solomon's wisdom & fame help his call of Blessed to be a Blessing?
      1 Kings 10:8-9, 23-24

    What gifts did the Queen of Sheba give to Solomon?
      1 Kings 10:10
    Did anyone else give gifts to Solomon?
      1 Kings 10:25

Solomon's Wealth (1 Kings 10:10-29)
    What was Solomon's annual gold income (besides import taxes & tributes)?
      1 Kings 10:14-15
    How extravagant did things become for Solomon?
      1 Kings 10:21, 27
    How much of a trader and merchant was Solomon?
      1 Kings 9:26-28
      1 Kings 10:22
      1 Kings 10:28-29

Solomon's Burden (1 Kings 4, 9)
    How many chariots and horses did Solomon get from Egypt?
      1 Kings 10:26
    Besides the trade deficit, what was wrong with this Egyptian horse trading?
      Deuteronomy 17:16
    What provisions did Solomon's government require on a daily basis?
      1 Kings 4:22-23
    How were these extensive provisions supplied?
      1 Kings 4:27-28

    Where did Solomon get the laborers he needed for his building projects?
      1 Kings 9:20-21
    How many laborers did Solomon enlist?
      1 Kings 5:13-18
    Where did Solomon get the foremen and his soldiers?
      1 Kings 9:22-23
    Although they were drafted, why was it important that they were not called slaves?
      Leviticus 25:42
    How did the Israelites feel about the heavy taxation and governmental burdens?
      1 Kings 12:4

Solomon's Downfall (1 Kings 11)
    What command had God given Israel that Solomon completely ignored?
      1 Kings 11:1-2
    Was Solomon led astray by his wives as God had said?
      1 Kings 11:3-8
    How did God decide to punish Solomon for this evil?
      1 Kings 11:9-13

Closing Prayer

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