In the Sight of the Lord

READ : 1 Kings 14-16 The rest of 1 Kings and the book of 2 Kings alternates between describing the kings of Israel and the kings of Judah. The Bible provides reliable historical accounts but it is not interested simply in facts. It describes how God deals with people in history depending on their response to Him. Rehoboam did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and was punished by losing much of his wealth to the king …

Division of the Kingdom

READ : 1 Kings 12-13 It is God’s will that His people should be united, but sin causes division. Solomon is dead. Now, as God had warned, the kingdom is divided. Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, seeks advice as to what his policy should be in response to the request of the people. They want him to remove the yoke of taxation Solomon had laid upon them. The old men tell Rehoboam to “be a servant to this people.” It …

Rise and Fall of the Kingdom

READ : 1 Kings 9-11 After the dedication of the temple, the Lord again appeared to Solomon and promised to bless him if he remained faithful but to punish him if he did not. There follows a description of the greatness of Solomon and of how he impressed the queen of Sheba. Solomon’s downfall came because he married unbelieving wives. They led him to worship idols. He did not cease to worship the Lord, but he “was not wholly true” …

Heartfelt Prayer

READ : 1 Kings 8 Having completed the temple, Solomon installed the ark of the covenant in the holy of holies and gathered the people for a service of dedication, the central feature of which was a beautiful prayer. Both in the prayer and in his remarks, Solomon dwells on the fact that God keeps His promises. The Bible is full of promises that God has made to us, and He is a covenant-keeping God. Solomon is aware of the …

Building the Temple

READ : 1 Kings 6-7 In the days when Israel traveled through the wilderness, the center of worship was the tabernacle, which had been built according to God’s instructions. It had been David’s desire to build a temple, but God said that Solomon should build it instead. The temple was now built in the same form as the tabernacle, only with all the dimensions twice as great. A cubit is about 18 inches long, the approximate length from a man’s …