Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

 Sermon Text: 1 Chronicles 29:1-2,10-18

 Other Readings: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-5,11-12 and Luke 17:1-10


 

  1. David mentions that God had chosen Solomon to build the temple, even though David really wanted to. What was God’s reason for not letting David build the temple? Confer 1 Chronicles 22:5-10.
     
  2. Why do you think David drew attention to how he had given to this project (v. 2)? What impact do you think it had on the people?
     
  3. Look closely at David’s prayer in verses 10-13. What part of our worship service can this remind us of?
     
  4. David took joy in seeing how his people had joined him in giving to the temple project and were serving alongside him. Can you recall a time that you got joy from serving alongside some fellow Christians? Why do you think it gave you so much joy?

 


 

  1. God wanted the building of his temple associated with a man of peace, not war and bloodshed. Solomon (whose name is rooted in the Hebrew word for “peace”) fit this description rather than David, who fought many godly battles for his battle and his God.
     
  2. David certainly was not trying to pump himself up or be proud. We might say that he is not just “talking the talk but walking the walk” or that he is “putting money where his mouth was.” David saw it as his duty to prepare things for Solomon, and his actions showed that his heart was in heart. And if the king himself was willing to give so generously, the people would be motivated to contribute to such a worthwhile cause. And they did!
     
  3. These words sound a lot like any “doxology” we have in worship, including the classic response at the end of our psalms (“Glory be to the Father…”) and, even more closely, the closing at the end of the Lord’s Prayer (“for the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever”). While the doxology of the Lord’s Prayer isn’t directly quoted in the Gospels, we see here it is a very godly, biblical addition.
     
  4. Answers will vary based on personal experiences. God bless you for your service to him and to others, and may he give you many more chances to serve with others!