II Chronicles 4: Temple Furniture

Bronze altar = 20 L x 20 W x 10 H  (cubits = 18 inches)

Cast sea (circular) = 30 circumference x 10 brim to brim x 5 H, which stands on twelve oxen. The case sea can hold 3,000 baths and is located on the southeast side of the Temple.

10 Basins = They surround the cast sea for people to wash in after the burnt offering.

10 Golden Lampstands = 5 on each side of the temple to burn in front of the inner sanctuary

10 Tables  = 5 on each side of the temple to hold the bread of the Presence

100 Golden Bowl 

Thousands of Utensils = Huram and Huram-abi made these utensils and pillars including flowers, lamps, tongs, snuffers, bowls, spoons, and firepans.

We see from this chapter that David’s plans are bearing fruit. Solomon explains in great detail the building of the temple.

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II Chronicles 3: Construction Zone: Hard Hats Required

On the second day of the second month of Solomon’s fourth year he began to build the temple at the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. Of course, this is where David built an altar in I Chronicles 21:18-30 due to disobedience for taking a census.

The temple is decorated elaborately with gold lining everything. The holy of holies is mentioned in the passage with its dimensions of 20 cubits x 20 cubits. There were two cherubim built inside the holy of holies that evidenlty were massive. One cherubim’s wingspan is 20 cubits.

We can see from this passage that the temple being built must be gorgeous.

II Chronicles 2: Solomon Begins to Build

Solomon begins to build the temple by assimilating groups of thousands to work in specific areas of the temple. Solomon used his father’s alliance with Huram to obtain timber (cedar, cypress, and algum) from Lebanon. When Solomon approached Huram, king of Tyre, for timber he explained the future use of the wood.

A house needs to be built for the LORD my God.
A house where we will burn fragrant incense.
A house where we will set out the showbread continually.
A house where we offer burnt offerings morning and evening.

 Solomon has a proper understanding of God by admitting, “But who is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him? So who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except to burn incense before Him?

In return for the timber Solomon would send Tyre 20k kors of barley, crushed wheat, baths of wine, and baths of oil. Huram praises God for giving David a wise son with understanding and discretion. Huram sends Huram-abi to Solomon since he is a craftsman with gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone, and wood. He also understands violet, linen and crimson fabrics. This gentleman must have been extremely gifted! 

Huram began cutting the timber in Lebanon and sending it to Joppa by way of rafts. Solomon would then have his men carry the lumber from Joppa to Jerusalem.

II Chronicles 1: Solomon Off to a Good Start

Solomon starts his ministry well by brining all the officials of Israel to Gibeon and offering 1,000+ burnt offerings on the altar. After the sacrifices, in the midst of the night God appeared to Solomon and said, “Ask what I shall give you.”

 Solomon, trained by his father, speaks with the Lord through prayer. He refuses to ask for wealth, riches, lives of those who hate him, etc God honors. Solomon, the son of an exceptional leader, knows that he will need wisdom and knowledge to rule over the Kingdom of the LORD of Israel (28:5).

Solomon’s kingdom begins with formidable wealth while focused on God!

I Chronicles 29: David’s Will & Prayer

In David’s will he charges the officials to remember his son Solomon is young and inexperienced. The work is great, “for the temple is not for man, but for the LORD God”, so assist him willingly. David also took the gold, silver, and bronze from his treasures and donated it to the house of the LORD. In the midst of his will David asks an interesting question to the officials, “Who then is willing to consecrate himself this day to the LORD?” Amazingly thousands of talents of gold, silver, brass, iron, and precious stones were given from the officials in response to David’s question.

 David lets us glimpse into his prayer life. We are able to see praise, adoration, petition, etc.

1. God is blessed forever and ever
2. Greatness, power, glory, victory, majesty, heavens, and earth are God’s
3. All the riches and honor given to man/woman are from God
4. God rules over all with the power and might of his hand.
5. God grants strength and greatness to all
6. Praise the glorious name of our God
7. All things come from God
8. All the abundance provided to build the temple came from God’s hand.
9. David tells us about the Lord, who tries our heart and delights in uprightness.
10. May the intention of David’s heart be preserved in the heart of the people and may they direct their hearts toward you.
11. May my son Solomon keep Your commandments, testimonies, and statutes.

I love what David says in the middle of his prayer (15), “For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope.”

Important points:

Great leaders know that consecration requires a cost. Great leaders know how to spend time with their God. Inside the prayer they recognize their inabilities, they pray for the hearts of their followers, and they pray for the leaders to will take their place. Great leaders know how to die gracefully.

I Chronicles 28: David’s Farewell Address

In this important chapter David gathers the officials of Israel into Jerusalem. These officials included princes of each tribe, commanders of the divisions, commanders of thousands, commanders of hundreds, overseers of property and livestock, the king’s sons, the mighty and valiant men.

David indicated his plans to build a temple for God, but God denied him the opportunity. David was considered a man of war and God did not want him to build the temple. Instead, God will use David’s son to build the temple. In particular, God has chosen Solomon to sit “on the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel.”

 David passionately teaches Solomon and all the officials of Israel how to succeed.

 1. Observe and seek after all the commandments of the LORD your God.

2. Know the God of your father (David)

3. Serve Him with a whole heart

4. Serve Him with a willing mind

 “for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but ify ou forsake Him, He will reject you forever.”

 After David’s address to the officials and Solomon he hands Solomon the blueprints for the temple that were impressed upon him by the hand of God (19).

A great leader recognizes the hand of God and realizes some things are not meant to be. A great leader knows how to pass the torch to the next group of people. A great leader knows why he/she has found success (seeking and observing the commands of the LORD). A great leader will set up the people after him for success.

I Chronicles 27: The Commanders, Officers, & Overseers

Division Leaders 
First Month = Jashobeam had charge of the division of 24,000 men. He was chief of all the commanders of the army.
Second Month = Dodai had charge of the division.
Third Month = Benaiah, son of Jehoiada the priest, was in charge of the division. He was also in charges of David’s thirty men. Benaiah’s son, Ammizabad help lead his division.
Fourth Month =  Asahel, brother of Joab, and his son Zebadiah led the division.
Fifth Month =  Shamhuth led the division.
Sixth Month =  Ira led the division.
Seventh Month = Helez led the division.
Eighth Month = Sibbecai led the division.
Ninth Month = Abiezer led the division.
Tenth Month = Maharai led the division.
Eleventh Month = Benaiah, the Pirathonite, led the division.
Twelth Month = Heldai led the division.

Tribal Leaders
Reubenites = Eliezer
Simeonites = Shephatiah
Levi = Hashabiah
Judah = Elihu
Issachar = Omri
Zebulun = Ishmaiah
Naphtali = Jeremoth
Ephraim =  Hoseha
1/2 Manasseh = Joel
1/2 Manasseh (in Gilead) = Iddo
Benjamin = Jaasiel (son of Abner)
Dan = Azarel

OVERSEERS OF DAVID’S PROPERTY

Store houses
Azmaveth (King’s storehouses)
Jonathan (Country storehouses)

Agricultural Workers
Ezri

Vineyards
Shimei
Zabidi (produce of the vineyards)

Olive & Sycamore Trees
Baal-hanan
Joash (stores of oil)

Cattle
Shitrai (grazing)
Shaphat (valley)

Camels
Obil

Donkeys
Jehdeaih

Flocks
Jaziz

Counselor
Jonathan, David’s uncle, was known for understanding and a scibe.
Ahitophel (Jehoiada and Abaithar succeeded Ahithophel)

Children’s Tutor
Jehiel

King’s Friend
Hushai