Explore the Bible at Home - Week of January 6

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Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Guardians,

Our lesson yesterday in Fellowhsip Denver Kids was based on I Chronicles 22. In this passage we learned that, while David was not chosen by God to build the temple, he could prepare the way for Solomon to build it. David knew his young son would need help and guidance to complete such a grand task. So David began to gather the supplies. He had documents similar to blueprints made. And David reminded Solomon of the importance of seeking God. What are some ways you are actively seeking God? How can you encourage your children to love and obey God, even when God has seemingly directed in a way that doesn't make sense to you? Continue the conversations we began in class this week by following along with the "Explore the Bible at Home" study plan. 

Bible Passage: 1 Chronicles 22:2-19; 28

Younger Kids Text Truth: We should love and obey God.

Older Kids Text Truth: We are called to know God, serve Him, and seek Him always.

David Prepared for the Temple, 1 Chronicles 22:2-19; 28

God promised David that his son would get to build a house for God. The house would be known as the temple. Even though David couldn’t build the temple, he did what he could to help his son by gathering supplies for the temple.

David knew that Solomon would be the next king, but he also knew that Solomon was young. “The house of the Lord must be great and glorious, so I will make plans for it,” David said.

David called Solomon to come see him and told him, “May God give you insight and wisdom to obey His law so you will succeed. Be strong and courageous. I have provided supplies for the house of the Lord.”

Iron was gathered to make nails for the doors. Bronze was gathered, such a great amount that it couldn’t be measured. So many cedar logs were collected that they couldn’t all be counted. David had gathered 3,775 tons of gold; 37,750 tons of silver; bronze; iron; timber; and stone. David told Solomon that he would need workers. Stonecutters. Masons. Carpenters. People skilled in working with gold, silver, and iron. Many workers would be needed to build the temple.

Then David ordered all of the Israelite leaders to help Solomon and he reminded them, “determine in your mind and heart to seek the Lord.”

David also gave Solomon the plans for the temple. He had plans for the rooms of the temple and for all of the furniture and pieces that would be used in the temple. He planned how much the tables would weigh and how the priests would take care of the temple. David told Solomon again, “Be strong and courageous. God is with you. He will be with you as you build the temple.”

- Autumn