Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
—2 Corinthians 9:7
Key Verse Thought: Read today’s key verse. Understand the key verse with the following definitions:
- purposeth means to prefer, choose, or intend for oneself; to resolve
- grudgingly means in grief or sorrow
- necessity means compelling force as opposed to willingness
- loveth means to love, or regard with strong affection
- cheerful means joyous, happy, or glad
In this lesson, we will learn that David gave of his time and substance to prepare for the house of the Lord.
Emphasis: We are to learn to want to please God with all of our heart – just as King David did. We are also to understand that God forgives our sin and still wants to use us to complete the work He has for us to do.
Lesson Summary: Today we will remember when David was moved to number the people. We will learn that Satan was the one who stood up against Israel. Satan is the enemy of God’s people, and he wants to destroy them. Through this event, we will see David remember that God is a forgiving God. We will find out the importance of Mount Moriah (the threshing floor of Onan).
David had a burden to build a permanent house for the Lord, and God revealed to David where the Temple was to be built. God said David could not build that house, but promising that David’s son, Solomon would be allowed to build it. Even though David would not be the builder, he prepared for the Temple. The first thing David did was anoint Solomon as the next king of Israel (remember that God had told David that Solomon was to be the next king of Israel). David then organized the people, gathered many supplies to build the Temple (giving much of it himself), and made the plans for the Temple, and instructed Solomon and the people of Israel. David emphasized to the people the importance of completing the Temple – and to make it such a magnificent building that all of the world would recognize its glory.
David led by example when it
came time to bring gifts in preparation for the building of the Temple.
David was greatly pleased that he was able to give toward that building.
David’s praise turned into a prayer recognizing that God saw the intent of the
heart in wanting to give back to God with what He had abundantly blessed them.
Solomon then became king of Israel,
and God magnified Solomon greatly.
Remember: The books of the Chronicles do not dwell upon the wrongdoings of the kings, but what good they accomplished for Judah.
If you are doing this lesson with young children, the following is a craft idea to go with the lesson: