Solomon Summons the Ark

Lesson 6 


Winter 2019-20


By: RLD Editorial Team 


January 05, 2020

Lesson Focus:

God’s glory overwhelms us.

Bible Basis:

1 Kings 8:1–13

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

God’s glory overwhelms us.

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.


See an article and photo of the happy couple
Music Video, Traditional: “Rock of Ages”
Music Video, Multicultural: “Spirit Break Out” by William McDowell
Music Video, Contemporary: “Belong to You” by Here Be Lions
Adam Clarke’s Commentary on 1 Kings 8
JFB Commentary on 1 Kings 8
Guzik’s Commentary on 1 Kings

Memory Verse:

13 I have indeed built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever.”
—1 Kings 8:13

Step 1

Materials Needed:

  • None

This past October, wildfires raged in the California Wine Country, threatening the dream wedding of a couple who had planned the event for over a year. With firefighting vehicles all around, the fire marshal ordering evacuations of the area, and the air quality dropping by the minute, the couple refused to change venues, and the nuptials went on as scheduled. The wedding photographer posted to social media a photo of the couple in their wedding attire—with the addition of surgical masks—standing in a vineyard backlit by a smoky sunset. The photo went viral and their “unforgettable” wedding became just that.

King Solomon contemplated and executed a change of venue in an event long-planned, as well. He’d made thorough preparations to transition the ark of the covenant from its temporary home in the tabernacle to what he hoped would be its permanent home in the temple. When the transition had been accomplished, a smoky cloud of the glory of God filled the temple, and the king knew God was pleased.


  • Have you ever been forced to evacuate for any reason, and what were your emotions?
  • Would you say you have ever encountered an overwhelming sense of the presence or glory of God? If so, what was it like?
  • In what ways does this Old Testament event foreshadow the coming of Christianity?

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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