David's son Solomon became the next King of Israel. The Lord promised David that he would give him rest from his enemies, and that came true. By the time Solomon became King, Israel was not at war. David passed along to Solomon his dream of building a permanent house for the Lord - a place all Israel could come to worship God - a temple.
Solomon was eager to build the temple, so he began planning to build the temple. First, he needed a place to get all the materials he needed. He found a place to get the large stones needed and ordered his men to cut the stones down to size where they found them and then transport them to Jerusalem already cut. He didn't want the noise of hammers, chisels and other iron tools around where they were building the temple. He wanted it to be a reverent experience for those working.
But he also needed a great amount of wood, and he specifically wanted cedar trees. He knew that a city called Tyre had great cedar trees and that the King of Tyre, Hiram, had always been a friend to his father, David. So Solomon asked Hiram to provide all the cedar trees he would need for the temple. Hiram agreed, but asked that Solomon provide food for Tyre in return. So they agreed. Hiram had his men cut down trees, make them into rafts and send them down the Mediterranean Sea where men from Israel could receive them and take them into Jerusalem. Here is a map of ancient Israel where you can see Tyre on the Mediterranean Sea north of Israel.
Solomon also asked that a man from Tyre named Huram (different guy than Hiram, the king) come and help him. He was skilled in using bronze. You can read about all that Huram did for Solomon in 1 Kings 7:13-51
Here are some of the features of the temple:
The Most Holy Room was a room inside the temple where Solomon brought the Ark of the Covenant to its permanent home. He had them create 2 huge angels with wings that spanned 30 feet from tip to tip and he placed the Ark behind those angels so they hid it from plain sight.
The temple took 7 years to complete. Then Solomon dedicated the temple the Lord in a ceremony where they brought the Ark of the Covenant in to the Most Holy Room. When the priests did this, the whole temple filled with a cloud. God was telling the Israelites that he was present with them. Then Solomon prayed and dedicated the temple to the Lord.
Solomon was also known for being one of the wisest individuals in history. In 2 Chronicles 1, we see that Solomon asked God for wisdom above all other things, and God granted his request. As a result, a large portion of the book of Proverbs was written by Solomon and is still a source of wisdom for us today.
What is the biggest thing you've ever built? What did you make it out of?
Today, we are going to learn about David's son Solomon, who built a temple for the Lord. Remember when the Israelites were wandering around in the desert and they built the Tabernacle? That was a tent that was easy to setup and tear down as they were moving. This temple was a permanent building Solomon built to worship the Lord in.
Read story from a Children's storybook Bible for younger children.
For older children, read story from an age-appropriate Children's storybook Bible or tell the story yourself.
Scripture for Kids to Read Aloud 1 Kings 5:1-10; 6:1-7; 6:19-28; 2 Chronicles 1:8-12
First, ask the children if they have any questions about the story. What to do if you don't know the answer?