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 …

The Wisdom of Solomon

READ : 1 Kings 3-5 God says to Solomon, “Ask what I shall give you.” Likewise, Jesus invites us to ask in His name for whatever we want. Solomon asks for wisdom, and in James we are told that if we ask for wisdom, God will surely give it to us if we ask in faith. God is pleased with what Solomon does not ask for: riches and honor. It is a striking thought that God is often pleased with …

Solomon Becomes King

READ : 1 Kings 1-2 First Kings tells the story of God’s Old Testament people from the beginning of the reign of Solomon into the kings of the divided kingdom. Books like Samuel and Kings were probably divided in two simply because of the size of the scrolls required. The Bible is very honest in describing some of the strange practices of God’s Old Testament people. Now that David is about to die, one of his sons, Adonijah, tries to …

The Help of God and the Help of Man

READ : 2 Samuel 23-24 Once again, in a Psalm, David recognizes the help of God. God spoke through him. God blessed him for ruling justly. God made a covenant with him. There is also a list of the many people who had helped David by serving him faithfully as king. The help of God is foremost. But we also need people to help us. God uses people. There was Shammah who took his stand against the Philistines. There was …