Background: The second book of Chronicles was written to encourage God’s people who had been exiled to Babylon and were wondering if God was still for them. This section describes Solomon’s rise to be king and his building of God’s glorious temple.
Ask the children…
When Solomon had finished building the temple, he placed the Ark inside it. Inside the Ark were only two things. What were they and why only these?
“Nothing was in the Ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Mount Sinai,[d] where the Lord made a covenant with the people of Israel when they left Egypt..” (2 Chronicles 5:10)
These two stone tablets represented God’s words and promises to the people to bring them to the promised land and to protect them and keep them if they would obey. The poeple only needed God and nothing else. What did God do then?
“At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of the Lord. 14 The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple of God.” (2 Chronicles 5:13, 14)
After the temple was finished and Solomon led the people in worshipping God and making sacrifices, God came to dwell in the temple so He could be near the people. His presence was so amazing that even the priests had to stop what they were doing in humilty and awe.
Ask your children where the temple of God is today? “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19) Today God lives in us. We don’t need a temple built with human hands, God is the one who built it. Ask your children what that tells them about the value of their bodies and how close God is to them right now?
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