These are my notes in preparing to lead our church's 2/6/2011 assembly.
Leader: Tim Harris
Read the following passages and be prepared to discuss:
- 1 Chron. 22:1-23:6
- 1 Chron. 23:24-24:6,19
- 1 Chron. 25:1, 5-8
- 1 Chron. 26:1a, 12-13, 17-20, 26-27
- 1 Chron. 28:1-29:25
In 1 Chron. 21, Satan somehow motivates David to take a census of the Israelites. Although GOD had ordered a census in times past, for some reason it was sinful for David to conduct this census (1 Chron. 21:1), and Joab (David's military commander) knew it and tried to persuade David not to do it (1 Chron. 21:3). As punishment for this sin, GOD gave David three choices:
- Three years of famine.
- Three months to be defeated by your enemies.
- Three days with the sword of the LORD—the plague in the land—with the angel destroying throughout the land.
David chose option 3 because He knew GOD is merciful (1 Chron. 21:13).
As the LORD was preparing to destroy Jerusalem He changed His mind and stopped the destroying angel. The angel stood by a certain threshing floor of a Jebusite (see Deut. 7:1; Josh. 10-12, 24:11; Judg. 3:5-6) named Ornan. David and the elders of Israel saw this angel standing between heaven and earth with a sword drawn and stretched over Jerusalem, and they fell on their faces (1 Chron. 21:16). So David was told by a man named Gad to build an altar to the LORD at the location of the threshing floor. David bought the land from Ornan, built the altar, and offered sacrifices to GOD upon it.
It is the location of this altar where the temple of GOD was constructed (1 Chron. 22:1).
- What is the common name given to this first temple of GOD?
- Whose idea was it to build this temple? What was the person's reasoning behind the idea? What was his motivation?
- Who made preparations for the temple's construction?
- What promises did GOD give to Solomon through David in 1 Chron. 22:9-13?
- According to the end of 1 Chron. 22:19, what specifically was the temple to be built for (unto)? Why is this significant? (Think back to Russ' lesson on the name of GOD.)
- According to 1 Chron. 23:3-5, 26-32:
- What was David doing regarding the role of the Levites?
- What were the four new responsibilities given to the various groups of Levites?
- What responsibilities were those given in 1 Chron. 25:1,5-8?
- Family of which tribe were responsible for serving as temple gatekeepers (1 Chron. 26:17)?
- Describe the treasury of the temple (1 Chron. 26:20, 26-27).
- Considering David's message in 1 Chron. 28-29:
- What were your overall thoughts?
- What stood out to you and why?
- Did this reading give you a better appreciation for the planning David undertook regarding the temple's design?
- Who gave David the designs for the temple (1 Chron. 28:19)?
- At the conclusion of David's message, he encouraged the people to praise/bless GOD, upon which they all prostrated themselves before Him. At what point in these events did the people worship?
- What lessons of leadership can we learn from David's actions?
- Could there be a more fitting close to the reign of King David?
Lord's Supper Notes
The temple was built for "the name of the LORD." It was intended to honor GOD's name and draw attention to His majesty because of what it represents. GOD is well able to draw attention to those things He would have us see, and He's done that with Jesus. Read Phil. 2:5-11 with particular focus on the elevation of the name of Jesus.