This is a lengthy passage with lots of detail, so let’s get an overview of the whole and then study the parts, which are rich in meaning.
We should remember that building a house for his God was the great desire of David’s heart, but that God would not allow him to do so. Nevertheless, God declared that “thou didst well that it was in thine heart” (1 Kings 8:18). Because David had fought and conquered the enemies of Israel, Solomon had “rest on every side” (5.4) and could realize David’s dream.
We also read how greatly Solomon benefited from the love Hiram had for David (5:1). We should begin to understand that doing a great work for God requires someone to dream the impossible, make preparations for it, and build the relationships necessary to bring it to reality. Those who come after him stand on his shoulders and are the beneficiaries of his labors of love. Parents can leave a blessed heritage for their children, and children should honor parents for making such a sacrifice.
Finally, notice in 6:11-13 God’s promise “concerning this house”. There are three commands: “walk in my statutes, execute my judgments, keep all my commandments” followed by a double promise: “I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel.” The house, glorious as it was, would not protect Israel from the consequences of disobedience.
Getting the facts #1: 1 Kings 5:3
- Why did God not allow David to build the Temple?
Getting the facts #2:1 Kings 5:7
- We read that the Temple was built with as little construction noise as possible. Why is that important? (no final right answer)
Getting the facts #3:1 Kings 6:12, 13
- What did God require of the people in order to continue to dwell among them?
Getting the facts #4:1 Kings 6:38
- How long did it take to build the Temple?
Getting the facts #5:1 Kings 7:51
- Although David had died several years earlier, what was he able to contribute to the Temple?