Solomon’s Plan to Build the Temple

Text: 2 Chronicles 2:4-9 As Solomon made plans to build the temple, he explained what he planned to do, why he planned to do it, and what he needed to complete the work. We do not worship in the temple today, nor must we worship in a building as elaborate as the temple. But there are principles that […]

Things Which the Lord Hates

Text: Proverbs 6:16-19 The book of Proverbs contains wisdom to guide us in this life. It shows us the way that is right and warns us about the way that is wrong. In our text, the wise man warned about things which the Lord hates. We should heed this warning. What the Lord Hates Haughty eyes (v. […]

Saul’s Poor Leadership

Text: 1 Samuel 15:34-35 Following Saul’s failure to carry out the mission against the Amalekites, God regretted making him king. Saul had been made king over God’s people, yet failed in this role. Why was he a failure? Why was God sorry that He made him king? Throughout his reign, Saul demonstrated poor leadership. We need […]

A Day in Your Courts

Text: Psalm 84:10-12 This psalm describes the desire to be in the place where God would be worshiped. The desire for the psalmist for the “courts of the Lord” (Psalm 84:2) should be the same desire that we have. We should desire to be in the place where God is worshiped. The Comparison A day […]

Different Perspectives

Text: Ezra 3:10-13 It is often the case that people look at one event, fact, or piece of information from different perspectives. As a result, they react differently to the same thing. This happened when the foundation for the second temple was laid – there were shouts of joy and the sound of weeping. There will always […]

Give Us a King

Text: 1 Samuel 8:4-9 The Israelites demanded that Samuel appoint a king to rule over them. They were a distinct people – God’s chosen nation (Deuteronomy 7:6) – yet they wanted to be like all the nations around them. This chapter is sometimes used to discuss the danger of God’s people wanting to be like the […]

Passing Over the Firstborn

Text: Genesis 49:3-4 In ancient times, the firstborn (particularly the firstborn son) held a place of prominence – inheritance, assume leadership role after the death of the father. There are several examples in the book of Genesis about the firstborn being passed over for a younger brother who would later appear in the genealogy of Christ. Why […]