King Solomon Builds the Temple by Jennifer Tolbert
This is the story of how King Solomon built the Temple of God. This replaced the Tabernacle that had been used since the time of Moses. The Israelites used the talents and gifts to build a beautiful building for God. The Lord reminded Solomon that if the people ever turned away from Him, then this temple would mean nothing.
1. Since the beginning, God has always wanted to dwell with his people.
2. Solomon wanted to build a magnificent building worthy of God.
3. The Lord showed his presence in the temple. Today, the Lord dwells in the temple of our hearts.
Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.
Old Testament Book
Hear O Israel
Lord My Desire
Building Up the Temple
Read Your Bible, Pray Every Day
Castle of My Heart
Begin Class with Songs, Games, Table Activity, or Sharing Time
Open Class in Prayer
Introducing the Story Ideas
1. Make It Fit: Collect as many different sizes of containers as you can. Let the kids guess if objects can fit into a container before they try. Have some silly ones like a pillow in a small box. You could even try to fit a child in a box. Remind the kids that God is so much bigger than we can imagine. He can't be put into a box. (Source: TruewayKids.com)
Story: When King Solomon inherited the throne from his father King David, he also inherited a big job. David wanted to build a big, beautiful temple for God. But the Lord did not want David to build the temple. Instead, he wanted his son Solomon to build it.
READ 1 Kings 6 in your Bible or tell the story of how Solomon built a temple for the Lord.
Visual Aid Resources
Printable Story from Trueway Kids
Challenge the kids to come up with a God is statement based on this lesson. For example, God is my best friend, God is loyal, God will protect me...
Solomon's Temple from TruewayKids
Supplies: Template on White Card, Cardboard Tube, Coloring pencils, paint, markers, OR crayons, and glue
Building a Temple
Provide various recycled materials or building materials: legos, blocks, etc.
Challenge the kids to build and design their own temple.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Self Portraits
Supplies: Template, Crayons or Markers
Have the students draw self-portraits. If you want to, you can provide yarn, google eyes, and more to make their picture 3D.
Resources and References