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1 Chronicles 29

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The Events at the End of David's Life

1 Chronicles 29

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Lesson Number 20

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Older believers should set the example by their giving.
  2. Older believers should set the example by their praying.

Practical Application

  1. Remember, life is short!

Questions

  1. Why does verse 22 say they made Solomon king “the second time”?
  2. What is the spiritual picture in the two stage reign of Solomon?
  3. How long did David reign as king? How old was he when he died?
  4. How was David a great example to the younger generation in this passage?
  5. What New Testament passage echoes the sentiment of verse 16?

Answers

  1. Because David and Solomon co-reigned for some time before David’s death. After his death, they again anointed Solomon as the sole king.
  2. Right now our Lord as King is reigning from His Father’s throne, but when He returns to this earth He will reign from His own throne that will literally be set up in Jerusalem for our His earthly kingdom.
  3. David reigned for 40 years and died at the “good old age” of 70.
  4. David personally gave substantially out of his own finances to provide for the house of the Lord. This inspired the people to give generously to the Lord’s work.
  5. 1 Corinthians 4:7, “What do you have that you did not receive?”

Discuss/Consider

  1. When David and the people gave to the work of the Lord the result was Joy. Joy is always the result when you give for the right reasons and with a whole and loyal heart (verse 9). Recall a time when you experienced the joy of giving. How can David’s generosity in his old age be an example to you? Discuss the phrase “Give while you live, so you know where it goes.”
  2. Many older believers set the example by their ministry of prayer. Tell about someone you know who has inspired you by the content of their prayers and their emphasis on the importance of prayer.

Challenge

  1. Many older believers set the example by their ministry of prayer. Tell about someone you know who has inspired you by the content of their prayers and their emphasis on the importance of prayer.

Key Verses

  • “Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, my own special treasure of gold and silver.” 1 Chronicles 29:3
  • “O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have prepared to build You a house for Your holy name is from Your hand, and is all Your own.” 1 Chronicles 29:16
  • “So [David] died in a good old age, full of days and riches and honor; and Solomon his son reigned in his place.” 1 Chronicles 29:28

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