King David had wanted to build a temple for God, but God had a different plan. God wanted Solomon to build a temple where God could dwell with His people and where they could worship Him. God told Solomon to build a temple, and Solomon obeyed.
Because God is holy, only the priests could approach God in the temple—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.
(3 minutes) READ 1 Kings 8:1-21
Help your kids see how the temple shows the holiness of God and how we are separated from Him because of our sin. Remind them that the temple also points toward Jesus who came to bring us to God when we trust in Him.
(1 minute) REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.
Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
Sojourn Kids North Star Catechism: Where do we learn to love, trust, and obey God? In the Bible.
Memory Verse: Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
(1 minute) PRAY and thank God that Jesus is our way to meet with God.