01 Aug Family Devotion – Solomon Built the Temple
Bible Reading for this Week
Directions: Read the Bible story as a family this week. If the story is too long, use a children’s bible or summarize the story in your own words.
Bible Story Main Points
- Solomon began building God’s temple.
- Thousands of people worked on the temple until it was finished.
- Solomon prayed and dedicated the temple to God.
- God filled the temple with His glory and lived with His people.
Family Devotion Outline
- Gather everyone for worship.
- Make it fun:
- Build a temple out of blocks, marshmallows/toothpicks, or some other objects. Talk to your kids about how we don’t need to visit a temple to worship God, we can go directly to Him through Jesus.
- Make music shakers with an empty water bottle and random household objects. Use them while you are singing and talk about how the temple was a place to worship God, but today we can worship God anywhere.
- Discuss the idea of a mediator. Allow your child to act as a mediator for your family devotion. Whisper in your child’s ear what you would like everyone to do. Then ask the child to share the instructions with the rest of the group. Talk about how the priest served as a mediator in the Old Testament between God and men. But now, Jesus is our mediator (1 Tim 2:5).
- Read the story. (Use a story bible for preschoolers and younger kids)
- Ask the discussion questions:
- What’s the difference between a temple and our church buildings?
- Where does God live now?
- Why can we now approach God directly, without a priest or a temple?
- Discuss the Christ Connection.
- Sing a worship song.
- Close in prayer.
Directions: Use the Christ Connection to point your children to the gospel each week.
Because God is is holy, only the priests could approach God – and only if they followed specific instructions. Ordinary people had no direct access to the holy presence of God. Jesus changed all that. By His death on the cross, Jesus took away our sin. We can approach God intimately and individually when we trust Jesus as Lord and Savior.