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Construction of Cities and Royal Palace

“The royal palace for Solomon requires six more years to complete than the temple itself, and it’s building program includes the construction or repair of many cities throughout his kingdom, a task accomplished through the use of forced labor by captives living within the country.”

Read: 1 Kings 7:1-12, 1 Kings 9, 2 Chronicles 7:11-22, 2 Chronicles 8

Extent of Solomon’s Glory

“Over the years of Solomon’s reign, God’s promise to Solomon, to give wisdom beyond all men and untold riches, has become reality.  Solomon’s kingdom has developed into the most peaceful and prosperous kingdom ever known.  Solomon’s glory is documented not only by official statistics but also by the visit of the Queen of Sheba.  What motivates her to come so great a distance is far more than mere curiosity at Solomon’s wealth.  It is the search for wisdom and insight which compels her, and she is not in the least disappointed.”

Read: 1 Kings 4, 1 Kings 10, 2 Chronicles 1:14-17, 2 Chronicles 9, Psalm 71:1-19

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Dedication of the Temple

“Solomon brings the people together for a solemn dedication of the temple to God’s use and glory.  Solomon reminds his people of the covenant relationship signified by the temple, and thus of their obligation to remain faithful to God.  As the dedication begins, the old tabernacle is brought to the temple site.”

Read: 1 Kings 8, 2 Chronicles 5, 2 Chronicles 6, 2 Chronicles 7:1-10

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Building of the Temple

“Perhaps Solomon’s best-known achievement is the building of the magnificent temple in Jerusalem.  A temple unsurpassed in beauty, it would become a national monument symbolic of Israel’s special relationship with God.  King David had drawn up the initial plans, and it is now left to Solomon to oversee the construction.  The detail with which the temple is described is reminiscent of that which accompanied the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness.

Much of the work is to be done with materials provided by the skilled workmen from Tyre.”

Read: 1 Kings 5, 2 Chronicles 2, 1 Kings 6, 2 Chronicles 3, 1 Kings 7, 2 Chronicles 4, 2 Chronicles 5:1, 1 Kings 9:25/2 Chronicles 8:12-16

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

“David calls all the leaders together for a national convention, where he addresses them regarding the need for unity and mutual support, particularly in the building of the temple.”

Read: 1 Chronicles 26:12-32, and chapters 27, 28, 29

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

The National Convention

“David moves to provide a smooth transition of government from himself to Solomon.  Realizing Solomon’s youth and inexperience, David takes great pains to organize his governmental officials and religious leaders.  At both the beginning and the end of the convention, Solomon is presented as the king-designate to follow his father on the royal throne.”

Read: 1 Chronicles chapters  23, 24, 25 and 26:1-11

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Two Major Calamities

“A famine befalls Israel as a consequence of the late King Saul’s attempt to exterminate the Gibeonites — a violation of the agreement of protection made years earlier by Joshua and the nation of Israel.  The incident teaches something about the relationship between moral and physical evil and also the significance in God’s eyes of sins long forgotten by man.

The second is death-causing pestilence brought on by David’s decision (somehow incited by Satan) to number his army.  With the nation of Israel basically secure at this point, David’s motive for ordering such a count could perhaps be seen as selfish ambition for aggressive expansionism.  Even now, David’s redeeming quality is his genuine sorrow for his sins and his willingness to confess them.  It should also be noted that David has forgiven Saul and the many others who have wronged him in the same way that God forgives David.”

Read: 2 Samuel 21:1-14, 2 Samuel 24/1 Chronicles 21

Preparations for Building the Temple

“David now makes preparation for the building of a permanent temple.  The site he chooses, a simple threshing floor, is not a surprising one in view of his most recent experience.  It must grieve David to realize that he himself will not erect this magnificent edifice of worship.  Yet he cannot help but play some part in its inception, and thus he begins to organize the project.”

Read: 1 Chronicles 22, Psalm 30

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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