Summary: This is a sermon about building up the church
2 Chron 2:1-6
2:1 And Solomon determined to build an house for the name of the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.
3 And Solomon sent to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, As thou didst deal with David my father, and didst send him cedars to build him an house to dwell therein, even so deal with me.
4 Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel.
5 And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods.
6 But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? Who am I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before him.
In verse # (1) Solomon was determined to build the Lord a house, a house for the sake of the kingdom of God. He said the house that he would build would be great because the God that he was building it for was great.
David the father of Solomon instilled something awesome in Solomon’s spirit.
In fact David said; Ps 145:1-3
I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
That’s why as Solomon was considering this house that he was going to build and the God that would occupy that house he said in verse # (6) But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? Who am I then, that I should build him an house.
I would like to preach today for the “Living Word of God Church” WE CAN BUILD THE HOUSE?
For 33 years Solomon’s father David guided God’s people to greatness. As David grew older, God had revealed to David that He had chosen Solomon to succeed him.
Solomon’s reign was a time of unparalleled wealth and greatness for Israel.
The years of Solomon’s reign seem to be years of growing glory for the people of God. During Solomon’s reign, Israel’s wealth and power were unmatched by any other people.
The house that Solomon determined to build was located on the site where Abraham had been commanded to sacrifice his son Isaac, his only son, a place of unparalleled faith.
And can I say in order for us to build this house for the Lord that we are determining to build, will also cost us unparalleled faith.
It was a great house that he had built.
The gold used in its construction was worth over 2 1/2 billion dollars – and that don’t include the silver that the temple had there was10 times more silver than gold.
Something we need to understand here and that is Solomon was the wisest man that has ever lived.
But can I say his wisdom was not for speculation, or for him to entertain himself, or his friends, but his wisdom was given to him, from God for action!
We as the end-time church have been blessed with information and technology and wisdom, skill, understanding and insight.
But can I say also; God will inquire of us on that day, what did you do with what I have given you?
•What did you do with the opportunity that presented itself to you?
•What did you do with the facility that I gave you?
•What did you do with the people I gave you to work with?
•What did you do with all the souls that needed saved?
Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
There’s a church to be built, there’s a harvest ready to be harvested, There are souls waiting to be saved.
1 Kings 3:9-14 Solomon asked of the Lord.
9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;