So that we can put the value of the offering given for the Temple in perspective…the gold given by King David and the Jewish leaders, in today’s economy, would be $207,000,000. The silver would be valued at $1,989,000. This is a total of nearly 209 million dollars…just the gold and the silver! Quite an offering!
David recognized though that all of the resource came from God to begin with. He had provided the offering. Verse 16 says, “O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided to build You a house for Your holy name, it is from Your hand, and all is Yours.” Verse 18 follows with the purpose of the offering…it was to direct their heart to God. (verse 18)
Good times and prosperity, hard times and need, joy, sadness, comfort or discouragement…all of our experiences are designed to lead us to God. The privilege of giving was to direct the worship of the people towards God. Is giving to God’s work a joy or a burden to you? Do the difficult things in life turn you to God? Giving is an act of the heart, not the wallet!
“With all my ability I have provided for the house of my God…”
To live in the state of mind in which you can’t tell whether you or God has possession of a treasured item because you and God are so unified in the intent of how that item will be used – it seems like that would be such a pure way of life. Some people in the Bible appear to have come very close to that state of mind: the poor widow who placed all she had into the temple treasury; Zacchaeus the tax collector; Mary, the woman who anointed Jesus. We see here that same kind of spirit in David, who, for all his mercurial and ruinous patterns of living, was never one to covet wealth. Living with abandon comes with its pitfalls. One of the upsides, though, is generosity.
Re:Verse passage – 1 Chronicles 29:1-11 (day two) …for the temple is not for man, but for the Lord God. vs. 1b Who then is willing to consecrate himself this day to the Lord?” vs. 5b
David has had a desire to build this temple for years. He has amassed large amounts of money and materials to accomplish his vision. Now as he hands the plans over to his son to complete the task his charge to the people shows the true condition of his heart. A building project like this could easily become a monument to a man, to the person who conceived or oversaw the construction. David is clear that this grand vision was for the glory of the Lord alone. He also rightly discerned that something on this scale requires many skilled hands dedicated to the task who also believe in the dream. How often to we sit on the sidelines when something great is taking shape? Do we sit and watch as others cast a vision for what the future could look like? Perhaps, we think, we will wait and see where this goes before we cast in our lot. How about consecrating ourselves to the work of the Lord and getting about the business of building the body of Christ? Sounds like something we can all get behind.
Join us as Senior Pastor Chris Johnson, Associate Pastor Aaron Hufty and Associate Pastor Bryan Richardson walk us through 1 Chronicles 29:1-11 in our NEW Spring Sermon Series: “SOLOMON – Building A Place of Worship.”
“do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you…” 1 Chronicles 28:20
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me;” Psalm 23:4
David might not have gotten to build a “home” for the Lord, but David learned through his life experiences that the Spirit of the Lord is not confined to a box. God is with us. He is living and active at all times. He is there in the darkest valleys. He is there when we fight our giants. He is there when enemies are at our doorstep. He is there to clean our hearts when we make mistakes. God is always with us.
The lesson for Solomon: Don’t become so consumed with a building that you neglect the Spirit that is present with you in the moment. May we not do the same today. God is with us.
The Tabernacle had a singular purpose, movement. It provided a way for a sinful and rebellious people to find peace with God, and move with him as his people. This came by way of regular atoning sacrifices made on behalf of individuals and the people. The sacrifices provided the means for the people to move towards God, in a literal sense, both physically and spiritually.
The temple would serve the same purpose in Jerusalem, atonement, worship, movement towards and with God.
This was God’s plan. It has always been his plan, to make a way for us to draw near to God. The tabernacle and the temple would point to an even grander plan, a more perfect and eternal way-Jesus!
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one moves towards the Father except through me.”-Jesus
“Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.”
I love the language David uses to encourage and empower Solomon for this great task ahead.You must act AND God will be at work too. It has one of the great promises that we find throughout scripture.You will need to trust and do (act/work/disciple/baptize/teach) what God has called you to do AND God will provide His strength, wisdom, Holy encouragement, and constant presence.It’s a beautiful partnership that believers have with the Living God. We must do what we are called and commanded to do and God does what only He can do (produce Godly fruit from our efforts).
Matthew 28 “make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Philippians 2 “work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
One of the first things you recognize in our passage is the detail of the plans that David provides to his son, Solomon. He has a plan for everything…buildings, porches, inner rooms, upper rooms, utensils, dishes, storehouses, etc. David had put a lot of thought into the temple. These were not his plans though…verse 19 gives us the key. “All this,” said David, “the Lord made me understand in writing by His hand upon me, all the details of this pattern.” It was God who paid attention to all the detail. Details are not surprising when God created the heavens and the earth. Exquisite and intricate detail characterizes every creation of God.
Is it important to God that things are done correctly? Does He give a general idea as to how something should be and leave the details up to man to figure out? Does God, for instance, have a detailed ‘master plan’ developed for our church or does He allow us to come up with our best plans and ideas? Sounds like we have some praying to do!
“Then David gave to his son Solomon…the plan of all that he had in mind.”
David’s most painful and harmful behavioral patterns – emotional distance from his family and reckless military buildup (see the census in 1 Chronicles 21), among other things – marked a continuing cycle of spiritual distress and repeated reconciliation with God. War and blood, bodily and spiritual, permeated David’s life, and he found solace with God in between those episodes. Although the temple would be God’s dwelling, it would, in the eyes of the nation, also reflect the character of the one who would set his hand to build it. David reached a point at which he understood that. The temple required the kind of stable foundation that was foreign to his way of living. His life with God was not Solomon’s. That’s neither good nor bad. It just is.
Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished. vs. 20
I love the consistency of scripture, don’t you. The admonition to be strong and courageous sounds like the encouragement Joshua received from Moses and from God.
Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. Joshua 1:7
These words are encouraging, yes, but also an acknowledgement that the road ahead will be filled with challenges. Just because you are called to a God-sized task does not mean that you are God. You will fail, but that does not disqualify you from your assignment. You should also remember:
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6