1 Kings – Chapter 8

1 Kings chapter 8

Verse 1 – Solomon gathered the people not just to dedicate the temple, but also to rededicate themselves to God. What was the difference between the tabernacle and the temple? As a tent, the tabernacle was a portable place of worship designed for the people as they traveled toward the promise land. The temple was a permanent place to worship God after the Israelites were at peace in their land. To bring the ark of the Lord’s covenant to the temple signified God’s actual presence there.
Verses 15-21 – It’s easy to think of a building as the focus of God’s presence and power, but God chooses and uses people to do his work. Building or enlarging a place of worship may be necessary, but it should never take priority of developing spiritual leaders, disciples, or wining the lost.
Verse 27 – In this prayer of dedication, Solomon declared the highest heaven cannot contain God. It’s amazing that the heavens are not large enough to contain God but He is willing to live in the hearts of those who love and except Him.
Verses 33, 34 – After Solomon’s reign, the people continued to turn away from God until their enemies overtook them. Then several times in desperation, they cried out to God for forgiveness, and God restored them.
Verses 41-43 – God chose Israel to be a blessing to the whole world (Genesis 12:1-3). This blessing found its fulfillment in Jesus—a descendant of Abraham and David (Galatians 3:8, 9)—who became the Messiah for all people, Jews and non-Jews. Jesus came to do – (be a light) what the nation of Israel failed to do.
Verses 56-60 – Solomon’s prayer should be our prayer today: (1) for our desires to do God’s will in everything; (2) for help with each day’s needs; (3) for the desire and ability to obey God’s ways; (4) and help to spread God’s kingdom to the entire world.
Verse 65 – A wadi is a stream or dry stream be.

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