Use one or both of these questions to introduce the lesson:
1. Written near the end of the 19th century, the song “Oh Promise Me” has been a popular wedding song for generations. Recall (or look up on the Internet) the words to this song. What promises are requested that would make the song suitable for a wedding?
2. British author Jonathan Swift famously quipped, “Promises and pie crusts are made to be broken.” What evidence have you seen that many believe this to be true?
Read 2 Chronicles 6:12-15.
1. During this dedication ceremony for the temple in Jerusalem, Solomon offered a dramatic public prayer. Look at how he began this prayer (2 Chronicles 6:14a). Why does God’s record of keeping promises make him a unique being in Heaven and earth?
2. Solomon referred to the promises made to David that were fulfilled on the day of the temple dedication (v. 15). What were some of those promises? (1 Chronicles 28:1-7). What are some implications of God being present in word (mouth) and in deed (hand) in the nation of Israel?
Read 2 Chronicles 6:16, 17.
3. Peaceful turnover of power was the exception, not the rule in the ancient world. Note the promise and the conditions attached to ensure God’s protection of David’s throne.
4. Contrast Judah’s record for keeping their end of this bargain with the faithfulness of God in doing so. (For example, see 1 Kings 15:1-4; 2 Kings 8:16-19.)
5. Note that the nation’s unfaithfulness did have consequences for the peace of Judah (2 Kings 21:10-15). Despite the unfaithfulness of the nation, how is God’s promise to David kept to this day (Matthew 1:1-16)?
Read 2 Chronicles 6:18-21.
6. While the promise to build a house for God seemed big-hearted, how could doing so actually diminish God’s greatness? See also Acts 17:24, 25.
7. God is too big to live in a building. But consider again the question in 2 Chronicles 6:18a. What is the unexpected answer to that question? Explain using 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:19-22.
8. God keeps his promises! This week, meditate on how he has kept his promises of presence, peace, and living in his people, and how those promises have blessed you.