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1. What do you look for in a church building? Are you a stained glass fan? Pipe organ nut? Beamed ceiling or wood pew aficionado? Steeple junkie? Why is any of this relevant?
2. If someone from several centuries in the past examined your bedroom for information about contemporary life, what would they assume? What would reveal the inner you?
3. Which room would be the largest in your dream house? Kitchen? Bedroom? Garage? Gym? Library?
4. Do you have a favorite place to “meet” with God? Where is it?
5. What would you like to be doing seven years from now? What do you hope and pray you won’t be doing?
6. Why is the building of the temple dated in reference to the exodus from Egypt?
7. What is significant about locating the temple in Jerusalem? On Mount Moriah (see Genesis 22)? On the threshing floor of Araunah (see 1 Chronicles 21)?
8. Are there any buildings in your town comparable in size to Solomon’s temple? Why is the temple smaller than most churches?
9. Why is no iron tool heard at the construction site (1 Kings 6:7)?
10. Regarding the promise in 1 Kings 6:12, how, when and why is this promise fulfilled? Is God requiring a temple in return for a blessing?
11. In what ways does Solomon demonstrate the importance he attaches to the temple? Why is so much value is given to this building?
12. Does this temple say anything about the character of God? What? What do you think it should say?
13. What special decorations would you have seen as you approached the temple? What message would they convey?
14. If you had been one of Solomon’s advisors, would you have counseled him to spend so much on the temple construction? Or advised a more modest temple so that other things could be done?
15. What, if anything, does 2 Chronicles 3 say to you about construction of church buildings today? About their decorations?
16. What percentage of your church’s resources go to building facilities?
17. What kind of “temple” is God building (see Ephesians 2:19 – 22)? How is the progress in the corner of the project assigned to you? To your church?
18. Is the project “noise free” or full of static? Explain. How will the laborers be supported? What sacrifices will be needed?
19. What do you think of religious art? Is it okay to depict Jesus in paintings? Stained glass? Statues? What would the chapters from today’s reading say, if anything?
Greetings all. I hope you had a wonderful Easter.
Here’s a quick history of the Temple . . .
- The original temple lasted about 380 years
- It was destroyed by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar.
- It was then partially rebuilt under the leadership of Nehemiah and Ezra.
- It was eventually reconstructed by King Herod.
- Jesus walked in the temple on “Solomon’s Colonnade” / Porch/ Portico (John 10:23).
- The apostle Peter performed one of his first miracles in Solomon’s Colonnade (Acts 3:11).
- The early church met on the temple grounds (Acts 5:12).
- Ananias and Sapphira probably died there (Acts 5).
- Currently the temple site is occupied by a Muslim mosque.