Solomon Speaks to the People

Lesson 7 


Winter 2019-20


By: RLD Editorial Team 


January 12, 2020

Lesson Focus:

We are reminded that God’s hand is at work for His people.

Bible Basis:

1 Kings 8:14–21

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

We are reminded that God’s hand is at work for His people.

These videos and materials are for your personal use. If you show videos in class, be sure to have the necessary rights to do so.

Listen to the video of President Kennedy’s speech
Music Video, Traditional: “Standing on the Promises of God”
Music Video, Multicultural: “Others” by Israel Houghton
Music Video, Contemporary: “Nothing but Grace” by Chris Sayburn
Guzik’s Commentary on 1 Kings 8
Gill’s Commentary on 1 Kings 8
Constable’s Commentary on 1 Kings 8

Memory Verse:

15 Then he said: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who with his own hand has fulfilled what he promised with his own mouth to my father David.
—1 Kings 8:15

Step 1

Materials Needed:

  • None

Last year, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. President John F. Kennedy launched that effort in a famous speech before the people gathered in the Rice University stadium in Houston on September 12, 1962. He made the vow that America would put astronauts on the moon and bring them home safely within the decade of the 1960s. It was a promise that was kept, though he who made the promise did not live to see it fulfilled.

King David had wanted to build a temple in Jerusalem, but God, though pleased with his desire, gave the honor to his son Solomon. David’s vow was fulfilled by someone else. When Solomon was dedicating the temple, he addressed the people to praise God for how He had kept His promise to David, to Solomon, and to Israel.


  • If you remember the space race of the 1960s, how confident were you that President Kennedy’s vow could be accomplished?
  • What is the most significant promise that someone has kept with you?
  • Why are some promises made before other people?

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2, 3 & 4 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

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