David’s Great Prayer at the Beginning of the Construction of the Temple of the Lord (1 Chronicles 29:10 – 22)

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1 Chronicles 29:10 – 22

Questions:

1. What models of generosity were you raised with?

  • neither a borrower, nor a lender
  • give unto others as they give unto you
  • you can’t out give God
  • other: ________________

2. Who gave to you last week? How did you express your gratitude: returned the favor? thank-you note? IOU? took it for granted? or something else?

3. As David nears retirement, what three things are uppermost on his mind? What fears may lurk behind those priorities?

4. What is David’s view of how a nation prospers? Of who leads a nation? What seems to be his formula for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”?

5. How does David view God?

  • Privately, as his own Savior
  • Corporately, as Israel’s Deliverer and Provider
  • Cosmically, as Lord of the universe

6. By what gesture (rare today) do the people respond to David’s prayer?

7. What aspects of this prayer are useful to Christians today? What parts seem outdated?

8. How closely does David’s prayer follow the script you might use in a retirement speech? How would you say it differently when your “days on earth are like a shadow”? Like David, are you “without hope”? Where do you place your hope?

IMPORTANT NOTE:

In keeping with the chronological structure of this blog, the next post begins a 6 week series focused on the Psalms associated with King David and his royal court. Thanks everyone for reading and studying along with me!

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Gifts For Building the Temple (1 Chronicles 29:1 – 9)

Scripture Text:

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1 Chronicles 29:1 – 9

Questions:

1. How do you gauge loyalty to a grocery store? To a TV network? To a national football or soccer team? To your church? Are you “loyal”?

2. How does David’s use of money become a model of loyalty? To what three things is David most loyal?

3. To what top priorities are the people loyal (verses 6 – 9)? Do their hearts follow their money? Or vice-versa? Why?

4. As Solomon is still “young and inexperienced”, where is David placing his faith and gifts: in missions? bricks and mortar? people? worship? education? or something else?

5. How does David’s fundraising strategy rate against all the financial appeals you receive?

6. If outside auditors were to look over your checkbook, what would they conclude about your top loyalties? How would you like to change that?

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David’s Plans For the Temple (1 Chronicles 28)

Scripture Text:

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1 Chronicles 28

Questions:

1. (If you are familiar with the history of the United States of America), which children of presidents are unforgettable for you? How many former First Family sons or daughters do you know anything about?

2. In what ways are you known by reference to your dad: same looks? same career? same Lord? same virtues? same vices?

3. From clues in just this chapter, what kind of king was David? What kind of father was he? How are the two roles related?

4. What picture of God is drawn in this chapter? To whom does the Temple belong? And the people? And the kingdom? What difference should this make to Solomon? To Mr. and Mrs. Farmer? To the remnant of Israel (who were the first readers of the chronicler’s book)?

5. What parenting model and ministry motivation do you see in this chapter? What can you do to become a “David” to some “Solomon” whom God has chosen to receive blessing through you?

6. How might you apply God’s powerful promise (verse 20) to your life’s work? Without the assets and assistants Solomon had, what help can you count on to make the promises real?

7. God blesses whom He will, apart from human merit or happenstance of birth (verses 4 – 7). His blessing is unfailing and all-sufficient (verses 20, 21). Can that same blessing be forfeited (verses 8 – 10)? If not, why? If so, how?

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