Solomon’s Plan to Build the Temple

Text: 2 Chronicles 2:3-10

When Solomon was about to build the temple, he contacted Hiram for workers & materials. His message to Hiram contains four important points that we can apply today.

Solomon Desired to Worship God According to the Pattern (v. 4)

  • The temple was to be a place of worship – but Solomon did not intend to worship any way he wished; he intended the worship to be according to God’s instructions
  • Having a desire to worship God is good, but we cannot invent our own way and expect Him to be pleased (Matthew 15:8-9; Colossians 2:23)
  • We must worship “in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24)
  • We must follow the divine pattern – How did the early church, led by Holy Spirit-guided apostles, worship? … prayer, singing, teaching, giving, Lord’s Supper

Solomon Understood that God was Greater than Any God (v. 5)

  • Because God was greater than any god, the house would be great
  • He is the only true, living God (Isaiah 45:5-7, 20)
  • We must recognize the supremacy of God in our lives – in our priorities (Matthew 6:24, 33), in our allegiance (Joshua 24:15; Matthew 10:37), in our fear (Matthew 10:28)
  • Solomon was not afraid to speak of God’s greatness to a king he hoped to receive assistance from – we must not be afraid to speak about God & spiritual things; we must be ready to give an answer (1 Peter 3:15), sometimes we need to set people up to ask the question

Solomon Demonstrated Humility (v. 6)

  • Solomon recognized the greatness of God, then expressed his own unworthiness – his father David had this same kind of humility (Psalm 8:3-4)
  • Humility is an essential trait for a child of God (Matthew 5:3; James 1:21; 4:6)
  • God expects our obedience (James 1:22), but He doesn’t need us to serve Him (Acts 17:24-25)
  • We are unworthy of His kindness, but He extended it to us anyway (Romans 5:6-10)
  • Humility helps us recognize the greatness of God’s gifts & respond appropriately – with gratitude & service, not entitlement & ungratefulness (Hebrews 12:28)

Solomon Was Willing to Treat Hiram Fairly (v. 7-10)

  • Though Solomon was engaged in a noble work, he did not expect to get something for nothing (cf. 2 Samuel 24:21-24)
  • As Christians we must be fair with others in all of our dealings
  • Do not try to take advantage of others (Jeremiah 22:13; James 5:4; 1 Timothy 6:1-2)
  • Do not try to get something for nothing (2 Thessalonians 3:8) – gifts are fine; a sense of entitlement to the things of others is not

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