Bertoldo de Giovanni is a name even the most enthusiastic lover of art is unlikely to recognize. He was the pupil of Donatello, the greatest sculptor of his time, and he was the teacher of Michelangelo, the greatest sculptor of all time. Michelangelo was only 14 years old when he came to Bertoldo, but it was already obvious that he was enormously gifted. Bertoldo was wise enough to realize that gifted people are often tempted to coast rather than to grow, and therefore he kept trying to pressure his young prodigy to work seriously at his art. One day he came into the studio to find Michelangelo toying with a piece of sculpture far beneath his abilities. Bertoldo grabbed a hammer, stomped across the room, and smashed the work into tiny pieces, shouting this unforgettable message, "Michelangelo, talent is cheap; dedication is costly!"

Dedication is Costly. The Dedication of this building has been costly to some of us. Physically, mentally, emotionally, it hasn’t been necessarily an easy ride, but we are finally here.

The high cost of dedication takes me back to Solomon’s dedication of the first Temple that was constructed.

I. Background Information
A) Concept
1) What do most think of when we say dedication?
a) A boat that someone christens with a champagne bottle
b) A building that someone opens with a ribbon cutting.
2) What does a dedication to God look like?
a) Definitions
1) Set apart for a special purpose
2) Commit oneself to a course of action.
b) Solomon’s Dedication
1) Spectacular (beyond compare)
1 Kings 8.5 When the ark of the covenant was brought into the temple they sacrificed “so many sheep and oxen they could not be counted.”
2) Sacred
1 Kings 8.63 “Solomon offered for the sacrifice peace offerings, which he offered to the Lord, 22,000 oxen and 120, 000 sheep, so the king and all the sons of Israel dedicated the house of the Lord.” (Verse 64 more sacrifice than the altar could hold)
Peace offering. This offering represented the communion or peace between the Lord and His people when they lived conformed to their covenant obligations.

a) Intercession 1 Kings 23-50 Prayer of Solomon
b) Intent Summarized in 50
“Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place, ad when you hear, forgive.”

1) A place for them to pray and have God hear. Upon hearing forgive His people.

If they went to this much expense, and had this much concern for a temple made of stone, wood, and other materials. In order to pray and have God hear them. How much more should we do this with our bodies!

2 Corinthians 6.16 “Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God.

Ephesians 2.22 “in whom you also are being built together a dwelling of God in the spirit. (A dwelling place for God.)

1 Peter 2.5 “You also as living stones,