Building the Temple: Solomon’s Contract With King Hiram (1 Kings 5:1 – 12; 2 Chronicles 2:1 – 16)

Scripture Text:

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1 Kings 5:1 – 12

2 Chronicles 2:1 – 16

 

Questions:

1. What kinds of things did you trade as a child: marbles? dolls? baseball cards? lunch?

2. Which of the following have you built yourself or helped to build?

  • bird house
  • tree house
  • doll house
  • your own house
  • God’s house

3. What two skills would you make sure to include on your resume?

4. Why does Hiram send a delegation to Solomon?

5. How do you see Solomon’s reply? Veiled threat? Peaceful olive branch? Shrewd business deal? Explain.

6. Is Solomon critical of David’s violent foreign policy? Is he afraid Hiram might consider him a softy compared to his father? Explain.

7. Why does Solomon want a temple so much? Does God want one (see 2 Samuel 7:5 – 7)?

8. Why does Hiram send business envoys instead of an invading army? Why does he ask Solomon for food? Who will be relieved of the burden of providing for Hiram’s household? Who will carry the burden of both Solomon and Hiram (1 Kings 5:13)?

9. How did Hiram, a pagan king, get so wise?

10. Does Hiram’s and Solomon’s agreement sound like a fair trade to you? Why or why not?

11. What is the tone of Hiram’s reply to Solomon in 2 Chronicles 2:11 – 16? Comparing his letter with Solomon’s message to him, would you conclude:

  • Solomon was Hiram’s vassal?
  • Hiram’s was Solomon’s vassal?
  • That they were equal but Hiram was afraid of Solomon?
  • Or were they friendly allies?

12. Who becomes the chief craftsman for the temple’s construction? How would his resume have read in the following areas: background? skills? experience? (Compare with his resume in 1 Kings 7:13, 14)

13. What would you like to build for God? How must you prepare for this endeavor? Whose help do you need to enlist?

14. What “enemies” has the Lord recently “put under your feet”? What new opportunities has this opened for you?

15. Consider the whole of 2 Chronicles 2. What grade (A, B, C, D, F) would you give Solomon in the following areas: administration? foreign diplomacy? civil rights? religion?

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