The account of David’s final preparations for the The Jerusalem temple, unlike the tabernacle, was a permanent structure, although (like the tabernacle) it was a place of worship and religious activity. On one occasion Jesus felt such activity was unacceptable and, as reported in all four Gospels, drove from the temple those engaged... resumes the theme of chapter 22 after the digression of chapters 23-27.
The Chronicler has used his account of David’s transfer of the kingdom and Solomon’s enthronement as the occasion for bringing to a conclusion his primary concern in 1 Chronicles: the preparations for the construction of the temple. Both aspects bear further investigation:
- This account of the transition from Second king of Israel, David united the northern and southern kingdoms. to Third king of Israel who was known for wisdom and building the first Temple is totally at odds with the account in 1 Kings 1-2. Only the summary of David’s reign remains the same (1 Chronicles 29:27; compare 1 Kings 2:11). Instead of a frail, spent king, a vigorous David is the center of attention in Chronicles. There is no controversy over who will be king, no mention of The prophet who condemned David for adultery and promised that God would establish a Davidic dynasty, Wife of David and mother of Solomon., or Adonijah. Solomon has no one killed and does not engage in the palace intrigues that occupy the initial chapters of 1 Kings. In fact, David’s appointment of Solomon as his successor is met with great joy by all Israel (1 Chronicles 29:9, 22b). Of greatest importance, however, is the repeated notice that God has chosen Solomon to sit on the throne of Israel and to build the temple (28:5, 6, 10; 29:1; compare 22:10).
- But the Chronicler’s real concern in these chapters is the temple. In his address to the leaders, David rehearses God’s promise to David (1 Chronicles 17) in which Solomon was designated as the chosen temple builder and David’s role was one of preparation (28:2-8; compare 22:7-16, where David shared this information with Solomon). The rest of chapter 28 finds David encouraging his son in the task of temple building and momentously handing him the actual plans for its construction. Like Prophet who led Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land and received the law at Sinai and A prophet during the Babylonian exile who saw visions of God's throne-chariot, new life to dry bones, and a new Temple. before him, David received these plans directly from God (vv. 11-19; compare Moses and the The tabernacle, a word meaning "tent," was a portable worship place for the Hebrew people after they left Egypt. It was said to contain the ark of the covenant. The plans for the tabernacle are dictated by God in Exodus 26. in Exodus 25:9, 40; 26:30; and Ezekiel and the ideal temple of Ezekiel 40-48.) In chapter 29 the people generously (and willingly) contribute to the building fund, for which David offers a prayer of thanksgiving.
Thus, 1 Chronicles closes with a picture of unanimous, generous, enthusiastic support of the Jerusalem temple by all the people and their divinely designated leaders, David and Solomon. Yet, with all the energy that has been expended on the temple, we are left with the strong impression that Israel’s’ God is the true center of the picture, since it is worship of God that is of the very essence of the temple.