So King Solomon sent a message to a king in another land to sell him beautiful cedar trees. That king sent workers into the forest to cut some beautiful trees for God’s temple. King Solomon had workers create stone walls that were four stories tall and the lengths of the walls were 90 feet. It was a huge beautiful temple for God.
Then King Solomon added all of the elements from the tent that Moses and his people carried on their journey to the Promised Land. They added the alter of incense, a laver to cleanse before you enter the temple, ten lamp stands and the table of Shewbread. The last room in the temple was called the holy of holies and only the priest could enter. That room housed the Ark of the Covenant and within that ark was God’s ten best ways to live (the stone tablet with the Ten Commandments).
King David and King Solomon did a lot to honor God. They gave Christianity a permanent building to celebrate God’s words. It’s ironic how life ebbs and flows. Two thousand years later we are still using God’s ten best ways yet we are not in the church building. We are still celebrating His work and sharing His stories of compassion and love but we’re doing it online. These rich bible stories remind us that WE are the church and WE can share the good news wherever WE are. We don’t have to be in the building.
Our Sunday School lesson includes many ways to recreate the temple, cedar wood crafts and videos about King Solomon and the temple. We encourage you to share God’s compassion and grace this week with all you meet regardless if you are in the building, online or outside! The world needs to feel the hope, joy, peace and love that we experience because of our faith!