Notes: November 1, 2008 – 1 Kings 8 & 9

1 Kings 8

  • The ark of the covenant was brought into the newly constructed temple by the priests (v 6).
  • Inside the ark was nothing but the two tables of stone upon which were written the ten commandments (v 9). What happened to Aaron’s rod and the pot of manna which were originally placed in the ark?
  • The glory of the Lord filled the temple (v 11), indicating His approval and presence.
  • David’s heart-desire to build a temple for God was good; yet the Lord did not allow him to see the fulfillment of his dream (v 18-19).
  • Solomon prayed, acknowledging the Uniqueness of God (v 23), the Immenseness of God (v 27), and more. What do you know about God?
  • Solomon, recognizing the sinfulness of man (1 Kings 8:46), begged God to forgive His people when they sinned.
  • Solomon also prayed for the Gentiles who would come to trust in the Lord (1 Kings 8:41-43).
  • Solomon’s evangelistic mind is evident in his prayer that “all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God, and that there is none else (v 60).
  • Solomon’s offerings we so great that they vessel intended to receive them was too little (v 64). When was the last time you saw an offering plate/box that was overflowing?

1 Kings 9

  • After the dedication of the temple, the Lord appeared to Solomon a second time (v 9:2). Has God ever spoken to you?
  • In a series of “if…then” statements, God promises blessing but warns of judgment for the disobedient (v 3-9).