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2 Chronicles 4-5

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The Furnishings and Dedication of the Temple

2 Chronicles 4-5

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Lesson Number 3

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The furnishings of the Temple were a reminder to the Lord's people of the continuing grace of God.
  2. The dedication of the Temple is a foreshadowing for the Lord's people of the coming glories of Christ.

Practical Application

  1. Let's all pitch in and help on special occasions!

Questions

  1. How did the furnishings of the Temple differ from the furnishings of the Tabernacle?
  2. How does 1 Chronicles 28:19 relate to this passage?
  3. Why did the Lord want the Temple furnishings to be bigger, better, and more elaborate?
  4. Hebrews 9:4 describes the Ark of the Covenant in the Tabernacle as containing Aaron's rod that budded, a pot of manna, and the tablets of the covenant. What was in the Ark in the Temple?

Answers

  1. The Temple furnishings were much bigger, more elaborate, and more in number than the Tabernacle furnishings.
  2. In that verse, David tells Solomon that the bigger and more elaborate features of the Temple furnishings were not his creative imagination, but were detailed directions from God Himself.
  3. Not only did this all contribute to the beauty, grandeur, and glory of the Lord's house, but it was a continued reminder of God's grace to His people.
  4. 2 Chronicles 5:10 says only the tablets from Moses were in the Ark. We don't know what happened to the other items.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Discuss the truth that the Temple sacrifices could not take away sins (Hebrews 10:4). But God provided the way of sacrifice as the way of worship. Discuss how gracious God was to want to dwell in the midst of His people.
  2. Discus how the Ark of the Covenant is a picture of Christ as the Savior and leader of His people. Discuss the stages involved in bring the Ark up to Jerusalem and installing it in the Temple. What stages has Christ endured?

Challenge

  1. Normally the priests only worked when their division was on duty, but during the dedication of the Temple and installation of the Ark all the priests pitched in and worked. Do you make yourself available on special occasions to do something that may not be your regular job? This applies to church, Christian service, or even your home.

Key Verses

  • "And Solomon had all these articles made in such great abundance that the weight of the bronze was not determined." 2 Chronicles 4:18
  • "So all the work that Solomon had done for the house of the LORD was finished; and Solomon brought in the things which his father David had dedicated: the silver and the gold and all the furnishings. And he put them in the treasuries of the house of God." 2 Chronicles 5:1

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