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We must learn to pass the blessings on to our children..

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Introduction

1 Chronicles 28:1–10 NASB95
1 Now David assembled at Jerusalem all the officials of Israel, the princes of the tribes, and the commanders of the divisions that served the king, and the commanders of thousands, and the commanders of hundreds, and the overseers of all the property and livestock belonging to the king and his sons, with the officials and the mighty men, even all the valiant men. 2 Then King David rose to his feet and said, “Listen to me, my brethren and my people; I had intended to build a permanent home for the ark of the covenant of the Lord and for the footstool of our God. So I had made preparations to build it. 3 “But God said to me, ‘You shall not build a house for My name because you are a man of war and have shed blood.’ 4 “Yet, the Lord, the God of Israel, chose me from all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever. For He has chosen Judah to be a leader; and in the house of Judah, my father’s house, and among the sons of my father He took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel. 5 “Of all my sons (for the Lord has given me many sons), He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. 6 “He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon is the one who shall build My house and My courts; for I have chosen him to be a son to Me, and I will be a father to him. 7 ‘I will establish his kingdom forever if he resolutely performs My commandments and My ordinances, as is done now.’ 8 “So now, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God, observe and seek after all the commandments of the Lord your God so that you may possess the good land and bequeath it to your sons after you forever. 9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. 10 “Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be courageous and act.”
1 Chronicles 28:20–21 NASB95
20 Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished. 21 “Now behold, there are the divisions of the priests and the Levites for all the service of the house of God, and every willing man of any skill will be with you in all the work for all kinds of service. The officials also and all the people will be entirely at your command.”
1 Chronicles 28:20-21
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1 Chronicles 29:10–20 NASB95
10 So David blessed the Lord in the sight of all the assembly; and David said, “Blessed are You, O Lord God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11 “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. 12 “Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone. 13 “Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name. 14 “But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You. 15 “For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope. 16 “O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided to build You a house for Your holy name, it is from Your hand, and all is Yours. 17 “Since I know, O my God, that You try the heart and delight in uprightness, I, in the integrity of my heart, have willingly offered all these things; so now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here, make their offerings willingly to You. 18 “O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, our fathers, preserve this forever in the intentions of the heart of Your people, and direct their heart to You; 19 and give to my son Solomon a perfect heart to keep Your commandments, Your testimonies and Your statutes, and to do them all, and to build the temple, for which I have made provision.” 20 Then David said to all the assembly, “Now bless the Lord your God.” And all the assembly blessed the Lord, the God of their fathers, and bowed low and did homage to the Lord and to the king.

1. David was faithful God’s purpose.

David explained God’s purpose to the leaders around them.
It would have been easy for David to resent the blessings that Solomon was receiving for being chosen. David had to be a man of war to provide peace for Israel. Instead, he showed humility and good leadership by gathering the people around Him to explain what was about to happen.
By establishing Solomon’s kingdom, David was establishing God’s kingdom. He had a New Testament mindset even though he wasn’t living in that time period.
Field of Dreams. Ray Kinsella was working in his corn field when a voice whispered, “If you build it, He will come.” He was then given a vision of building a baseball field where most of his corn crop was. At the expense of his families well being, Ray used all that he had left to build a baseball field. No one understood what he was doing. Even his own family thought that he was being foolish.
Culturally, we are taught to live in the moment for ourselves as long as we can. We are told keep things for ourselves.
God has a special purpose that goes beyond our generation. Even though we have the resources to care for ourselves, we must be willing to allow the next generation to have their opportunity to carry out God’s purpose. Part of that mindset is recognizing when it’s time to start blazing a trail for the next generation.

2. David provided resources for Solomon.

He provided in two ways:
He encouraged Solomon to lead. (28:9-10)
He gave of his own resources and called the kingdom to provide from theirs. (29:1-9)
He used his own generosity to encourage all the leaders of Israel to also give freely to the temple. The people rejoiced in joining David and they gave with their whole heart. There was more than enough for the temple to have everything that it would need.
This was a true sacrifice for the people. They gave up opportunities of having wealth in order to Solomon and his generation to have everything that they would need.
Field of Dreams. Ray has built his baseball field and crazy things are beginning to happen. Baseball players from the past have come out of the corn fields to play night games, he’s hearing more voices like “ease his pain” and “go the distance”. Everything he has done to listen to the voice has been caused him more and more sacrifice. He even said, “before this, I had never done a crazy thing in my life.” He’s pouring everything out in his life and he’s feeling like it’s eventually going to lead towards a payoff. He hasn’t seen it yet, but he’s looking forward to it.
One of the most important aspects of church life is what we are doing today. We are commissioning these young people to go and serve the Lord.
It’s important to ask the question, “What are we doing to encourage and equip young people to know Jesus?”

3. David was thankful for how God used him.

After David completed the preparation's of the temple, he led a prayer.
A prayer of Thanksgiving. He declared that God is the source of riches and honor as everything ultimately belonged to God.
David attributed his success and wealth to God.
David asks for God to help them keep faithful to His covenant and for Solomon to have a faithful heart as he built the temple.
He paints a powerful picture of how hand off the baton to the next generation.
We have all been the David at some point and we have all be the Solomon.
How we respond in these moments are crucial.
Field of Dreams. Movie Clip. Ray, after making all these sacrifices finally says, “What’s in it for me?” Later on, he is going to learn that this was all done to give him an opportunity to spend time with his father one more time. This moment made everything make sense.
Adults, are we prepared for our children to reap the benefit of our efforts?
Students, are you prepared to use the blessings that God has given you to be faithful to His call?
It is important for the church to know the role that God has placed for each generation. All roles are important but they all require different levels of sacrifice.
We are called to pass on what the Lord has given.
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