Offerings for the Temple
29 And David the king said to all the assembly, “Solomon my son, whom alone God has chosen, is young and inexperienced, and the work is great, for the palace will not be for man but for the LORD God. So I have provided for the house of my God, so far as I was able, the gold for the things of gold, the silver for the things of silver, and the bronze for the things of bronze, the iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of wood, besides great quantities of onyx and stones for setting, antimony, colored stones, all sorts of precious stones and marble. Moreover, in addition to all that I have provided for the holy house, I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, and because of my devotion to the house of my God I give it to the house of my God: 3,000 talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and 7,000 talents of refined silver, for overlaying the walls of the house, and for all the work to be done by craftsmen, gold for the things of gold and silver for the things of silver. Who then will offer willingly, consecrating himself today to the LORD?”
Then the leaders of fathers’ houses made their freewill offerings, as did also the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and the officers over the king’s work. They gave for the service of the house of God 5,000 talents and 10,000 darics of gold, 10,000 talents of silver, 18,000 talents of bronze and 100,000 talents of iron. And whoever had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of the LORD, in the care of Jehiel the Gershonite. Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly.
David Prays in the Assembly
Therefore David blessed the LORD in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.
“But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own. I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you. O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you. Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which I have made provision.”
Then David said to all the assembly, “Bless the LORD your God.” And all the assembly blessed the LORD, the God of their fathers, and bowed their heads and paid homage to the LORD and to the king. And they offered sacrifices to the LORD, and on the next day offered burnt offerings to the LORD, 1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams, and 1,000 lambs, with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel. And they ate and drank before the LORD on that day with great gladness.
Solomon Anointed King
And they made Solomon the son of David king the second time, and they anointed him as prince for the LORD, and Zadok as priest.
Then Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king in place of David his father. And he prospered, and all Israel obeyed him. All the leaders and the mighty men, and also all the sons of King David, pledged their allegiance to King Solomon. And the LORD made Solomon very great in the sight of all Israel and bestowed on him such royal majesty as had not been on any king before him in Israel.
The Death of David
Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel. The time that he reigned over Israel was forty years. He reigned seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. Then he died at a good age, full of days, riches, and honor. And Solomon his son reigned in his place. Now the acts of King David, from first to last, are written in the Chronicles of Samuel the seer, and in the Chronicles of Nathan the prophet, and in the Chronicles of Gad the seer, with accounts of all his rule and his might and of the circumstances that came upon him and upon Israel and upon all the kingdoms of the countries.
1 Chronicles 29 Commentary
by Hank Workman
Every church has them. People who are takers and give nothing in return. This is shown in every congregation’s struggle to fill positions; it’s found in ministries where 10% do the work while 90% sit idly by. It’s shown in people’s lack of giving financially to support ministries. We won’t give our time, our money, or our energy even toward Kingdom matters.
We hold onto our things with a tightened grasp. Our fingers wrap around our finances, our giving financially to the church thinking this is our money and we don’t have to give. Our freely or lack of giving is not a hand issue to what we hold but a heart issue. In fact, our lack of giving reveals something far deeper – we have an idol issue.
There are those who believe tithing or financial giving is an Old Testament teaching. They are wrong. They pick and choose passages that support their thought. Yet, when you look at the New Testament one of the sweeping themes on this topic is how Jesus called people to give it all. From his encounter to the rich young ruler to his statement when He sent the disciples out resounds,
“Freely you received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8. Again the arguers of their stance would say this is out of context but does it not deal with everything about our serving Jesus? The Acts church gave over and over in financial ways to support their outreach and ministry. It was not just in their service but with their finances.
Chapter 9 of 2 Corinthians Paul writes beautiful statements and truths about a life of generosity. One such statement that stands out:
“Now I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Note: it’s a heart issue.
David set the bar with his giving. He gave from his own personal resources to the temple. His actions and then words inspired the people to give abundantly. It states they “gave willingly” (1 Chronicles 29:6) Through this a remarkable thing happened.
“The people rejoiced at the willing response of the their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the King also rejoiced greatly.”1 Chronicles 29:9
“Who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”1 Chronicles 29:14
Boom! There it is! Everything we have, absolutely everything comes from God. We brought nothing into this world and won’t take anything with us.
To whatever congregation you belong, what’s your giving like? Are you generous? Are you faithful? If not, there is a heart issue, an idol issue. As I like to say with many things, this is Holy Spirit territory and for certain only He can work on the heart. May He do so.
1 Chronicles 29 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
1 Chronicles 29:25 GNB The LORD made the whole nation stand in awe of Solomon, and he made him more glorious than any other king that had ruled Israel.
If you read my post from yesterday, you know that Solomon had a major downfall. He loved foreign women and it would become his Achilles heel. However, in this passage, we read that God allowed for him to be more majestic than any king before him. Granted, that was only 2 men (David and Saul). However, there is much more to this statement than just divine favor.
The wise reader will understand the context of Israel’s history. A big reason for Solomon’s success was due to David’s faithful service and continued prayers. Not only did David work to provide for his son Solomon but he set the tone for the entire nation to follow God’s heart. Solomon could step in knowing that the table had been set.
We’ve discussed legacy before in this book, but it really does speak volumes about David’s leadership. Are we setting up our children for the same kind of future? I am not talking about a material future, but a spiritual one. Of course, we cannot change their hearts. Only God can do that through His Spirit. But we can provide an environment in which growth is possible. I wonder, are we really doing that to the full measure that God has asked? Are we going the extra mile just as David did?
I don’t believe David did it exclusively for Solomon. I believe he did it because it pleased God. This should always be our first priority.