2 Chronicles 1& 2
- How did Solomon inaugurate his reign?
- How do Solomon’s request (1:10) and God’s response illustrate Matt. 6:33? In my praying, what do I ‘seek first’?
- What characterized the way in which Solomon went about the preparations for building the temple? Is my service of God comparable?
Note. 1:3. ‘Tent of Meeting’: this was the tabernacle used in the wilderness. After the Israelites entered Canaan, it was first pitched in Shiloh (Josh. 18:1 Sam. 2:14b; 3:21), then moved to Nob (1 Sam. 21:1, 6), and then to Gibeon. Later Solomon brought it to Jerusalem (2 Chr. 5:5), where it was probably stored and finally perished.
2 Chronicles 3:1-5:1
- All that human skill and wealth could do (note how many times the word ‘gold’ occurs in these chapters) was done. Yet it was still inadequate. Why? See Heb. 9:1-10, which, though spoken of the tabernacle, is equally applicable to the temple.
- Solomon’s temple has long since passed away (see 36:19), as have the temples that succeeded it. Is there, then, today a place where men may draw near to God? See Heb. 10:19-22.
Note. 3:3. ‘The old standard’: a reference to the cubit in use before the exile, which was a hand breadth larger than that used later.