- 1 Chronicles 26-28
1 Chronicles 28:11-19 NLT
Then David gave Solomon the plans for the Temple and its surroundings, including the entry room, the storerooms, the upstairs rooms, the inner rooms, and the inner sanctuary—which was the place of atonement. David also gave Solomon all the plans he had in mind for the courtyards of the Lord’s Temple, the outside rooms, the treasuries, and the rooms for the gifts dedicated to the Lord. The king also gave Solomon the instructions concerning the work of the various divisions of priests and Levites in the Temple of the Lord. And he gave specifications for the items in the Temple that were to be used for worship.
David gave instructions regarding how much gold and silver should be used to make the items needed for service. He told Solomon the amount of gold needed for the gold lampstands and lamps, and the amount of silver for the silver lampstands and lamps, depending on how each would be used. He designated the amount of gold for the table on which the Bread of the Presence would be placed and the amount of silver for other tables.
David also designated the amount of gold for the solid gold meat hooks used to handle the sacrificial meat and for the basins, pitchers, and dishes, as well as the amount of silver for every dish. He designated the amount of refined gold for the altar of incense. Finally, he gave him a plan for the Lord’s “chariot”—the gold cherubim whose wings were stretched out over the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant. “Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was given to me in writing from the hand of the Lord.
- God was explicit with His instructions regarding the Temple. He provided David with a plan.
“Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was given to me in writing from the hand of the Lord.
In project management, emphasis is placed on ensuring that the scope of work is thoroughly defined and understood by the persons who will be carrying out the work. Explicit definition of requirements helps to ensure that all stakeholder expectations are met and quality work is delivered. In fact, the project is not considered completed or a success until the requirements have been satisfactorily delivered.
God is the model stakeholder! He ensures that his expectations are clearly defined, leaving no room for guessing in matters concerning Him. As such, David was able to be quite clear about the specifications that were expected for the Temple, handing Solomon the plan that was provided to him about the layout and resources that would be needed to build the Temple and make it functional and operational.
Are you on a God-designated mission but feeling lost? Talk a moment and talk to Him. God does not leave room for guesswork in matters concerning Him. He tends to be quite specific.
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