Gifts for Building the Temple
King David knew that Solomon was young and inexperienced. He set aside gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, onyx and turquoise of various colors etc.
He then gave his personal contribution of 110 tons of gold and 260 tons of silver. The people saw their leaders give away freely and wholeheartedly, and they rejoiced. The leaders contributed willingly about one hundred ninty tons of gold, 380 tons of silver, 675 tons of bronze and 3,800 tons iron. Those who had precious stones donated them as well.
Pay attention to the prayer here.
1 Chronicles 29:10 David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,The entire assembly fell prostate and praised the LORD.
“Praise be to you, LORD,
the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, LORD, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
Solomon Acknowledged as King
Solomon was anointed by priest Zadok as the king and he sat on the throne. The entire Israel obeyed him (even though he was just twelve).
1 Chronicles 29:25 The Lord highly exalted Solomon in the sight of all Israel and bestowed on him royal splendor such as no king over Israel ever had before.The Death of David
In the year 837 BC, after living for seventy (70) years, king David died in Jerusalem. He remains as one of the most important figures in the Bible. Out of those multitude qualities he possessed, his spiritual greatness is the one that shines the most. He enjoyed his long life, wealth and honor.
Out of those many Psalms he composed, few stand out:
Psalms 23: The Lord is my shepherd
Psalms 27: The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear
Psalms 121: I lift my eyes to the mountains—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth
Above all, the royal bloodline of king David remains as the bloodline of Jesus Christ.
May the soul of King David rest in peace.
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King David's Prayer
Verses 10-13 Honors the LORD,
Verses 14-16 King David acknowledges the fact that everyone is completely dependent upon Him,
Verse 17 Everyone has offered willingly towards the temple of the LORD,
Verses 18-19 King David prays that may Solomon and his team be able to complete the construction.
Now, let's go to Matthew Chapter 6 where Jesus teaches us to pray:
Matthew 6:9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
Wonder where the last part came from:
For Your's is the Kingdom,
Power and glory,
Forever and ever
Now look at King David's prayer - you'll be able to solve the puzzle.
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King David's Age
Adam, during his conversation with the LORD had made a promise about David. Adam was supposed to live till one thousand (1,000) years. He then gave away seventy years of his (Adam died at 930) to David.
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Jerusalem as Capital
Jerusalem did not have access to any water and still David considered it to be the capital. Mount Moriah was the place which king David purchased from Araunah. This is where Abraham went up to offer Isaac as sacrifice in Genesis 22:14.
This is the very same place where Jacob saw a ladder going up to heaven, which he called, "The Gateway to Heaven" in Genesis 28:17.
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King David's Death
David once besought God to tell him when he would die. His petition was not granted, for God has ordained that no man shall foreknow his end. One thing, however, was revealed to David, that his death would occur at the age of seventy on the Sabbath day.
David desired that he might be permitted to die on Friday. This wish, too, was denied him, because God said that He delighted more in one day passed by David in the study of the Torah, than in a thousand holocausts offered by Solomon in the Temple. Then David petitioned that life might be vouchsafed him until Sunday; this, too, was refused, because God said it would be an infringement of the rights of Solomon, for one reign may not overlap by a hairbreadth the time assigned to another.
Thereafter David spent every Sabbath exclusively in the study of the Torah, in order to secure himself against the Angel of Death, who has no power to slay a man while he is occupied with the fulfillment of God's commandments. The Angel of Death had to resort to cunning to gain possession of David. One Sabbath day, which happened to be also the Pentecost holiday, the king was absorbed in study, when he heard a sound in the garden. He rose and descended the stairway leading from his palace to the garden, to discover the cause of the noise. No sooner had he set foot on the steps than they tumbled in, and David was killed.
The Angel of Death had caused the noise in order to utilize the moment when David should interrupt his study. The king's corpse could not be moved on the Sabbath, which was painful to those with him, as it was lying exposed to the rays of the sun. So Solomon summoned several eagles, and they stood guard over the body, shading it with their outstretched pinions.
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