May 16 | Plans for the Temple

Today’s Reading:

Read I Chronicles 23:1-2; 25-32; I Chronicles 24:19

Time for another review.  Jump back and read Leviticus 8:1-14.  What tribe is listed as the ones who would be set apart to be the priests?  The Levites were God’s chosen tribe to lead out in worship and sacrifices and to be the priests. 

As King David laid out the plans for the temple to be built in Jerusalem, he followed the same plan that God had given Moses.  The Levites were the chosen tribe to “assist with the service of the Lord’s temple.”  David gave specific instructions that they did not have to travel anymore because with the temple, the presence of the Lord would rest in Jerusalem.  The Levites were to be the musicians and the gatekeepers of the temple.  David also outlined that the Priests would be not only Levites but would be direct descendants of Aaron.  (Moses’ brother, remember him?) 

The planning for and building of the Temple was a big deal and it took a lot of time and dedication.  Even though David was not the one who would ultimately build the temple, he worked hard preparing it. 


Read Proverbs 16:9.  As a family, talk about how even though David made the plans for the temple, God directed his stepsThank the Lord for his direction today!

May Memory Verse:

“Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.”

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:
  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Other Resources:

May Memory Verse

May memory verse song

May memory verse coloring sheet

May Fill-in the blank activity

May Prayer Calendar