Study Guide

1 Chronicles Chapter 29

Chapter 29

Solomon Wins the Game of Thrones

  • Once David's done giving instructions to Solomon, he reminds everyone again that the kid is young and doesn't really know what he's doing.
  • Hey, to be fair, he was just put in charge of building an awe-inspiring house of worship for God. It's a big ask.
  • But that's why David's gone ahead and made sure all the raw materials are provided for. He's even donated his own personal gold and silver.
  • Now who else in Israel is going to join in the giving? David's looking at you, guy in the front row pretending he didn't hear.
  • But the people come through and they donate loads of gold, silver, bronze, iron, and gemstones.
  • The people are happy because they were all so generous. David is really happy, too, because everything's coming together so nicely.
  • He sends a thank-you prayer up to God. David lets God know how awesome and powerful and all-around wonderful he is.
  • After all, the people of Israel were nothing, but God made them great. Now, they've grown into such a kind and generous people that they all got together to freely give all the supplies that were needed for building the Temple.
  • David closes by asking God to look out for Solomon. He also recommends that the people thank God, too. Everyone prays and eats and drinks and offers animal sacrifices and celebrates.
  • Finally, Solomon is crowded the king of all of Israel and God blesses him with all kinds of riches and majesty.
  • Every leader, every warrior, and every single one of his brothers promises to be loyal to their king. Looks like everything is going to be grand for the new ruler. No problems whatsoever. None. Nada.
  • The Chronicler wraps all this up by giving us a little summary of David's reign.
  • David sat on the throne for 40 years. When he finally died, he was old and rich and honorable and everyone loved him. It was a good run.
  • The author also mentions that we can read more about David in the books of Samuel.
  • And then, this book just ends. Originally the two books of Chronicles were just one, but thousands of years ago someone decided this would be the good time for a brief intermission.
  • Grab some popcorn and then head over to read the thrilling conclusion in 2 Chronicles.

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