Archive for September 2016

1 Kings 10 The Half Hasn’t Been Told

Solomon’s notoriety spread, “the queen of Sheba” visited him to see if what she had heard was anywhere close. Her testimony was “the half was not told me.” It is interesting that her testimony came AFTER, having heard all that he shared, answered all her questions, saw his house, his food, servants, waiters and their…

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1 Kings 9 Religion or Relationship

After twenty years of construction, seven for the temple and thirteen for Solomon’s house; the Lord speaks to Solomon in a dream to assure him that He was pleased with what had been accomplished thus far. The Lord reminded the king the blessings that would flow to him and his household as they followed after…

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1 Kings 8 Breaking Spiritual Famine & Draught

Solomon dedicated the Temple one year after its completion, due to the fact the year it was completed was a jubilee; not wanting to appear to be more important than the 50 year celebration, a one year delay occurred. There are those who have differing opinions as to where the “ark of the covenant” was…

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1 Kings 7 Jachin & Boaz

Having only taken four years to construct the Temple, it is interresting that Solomon took another seven years to build his house, a judgment hall and a house for the harem; which included the Egyptian Pharaoh’s daughter. It could have been that Solomon was constructing the three referenced above, as they built the Temple. In…

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1 Kings 6 Radical Devotion

Upon completion of his own home, with the assistance from Hiram, Solomon began the seven years and six month process of building the Temple. The length was nearly one hundred and ten feet; the width was thirty six feet wide and over fifty four feet high. It’s interesting that the stones quarried to lay the…

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1 Kings 5 R & R

Reading this chapter we see the favor of God for Solomon in constructing the temple. Hiram had been a good friend to David and now desires to continue that friendship with his son. Their correspondence proved to be very positive and uplifting as Solomon shared with this old family friend his vision to “build a…

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1 Kings 4 Largeness of Heart

Solomon’s court including military, government and political personnel are listed in the opening verses. There is little doubt, too often as today, that appointing individuals was basically those who been supportive of David and early portion of Solomon’s reign. In reading this account, it is clear God reclaims for Israel the land of promise given…

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1 Kings 2 Prove Your Manhood!

The final hours of David’s life are encapsulated in the early portion of this chapter; in which we read of the king’s final words to Solomon concerning a number of characters, as well as an admonition to the young monarch as how to live and reign. Death, for the Christian has no sting; yet each…

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2 Sam. 24 Pay The Price

This closing chapter of 2 Samuel begins with significant question as to who “He” that moved David to take a census of Israel and Judah was.  1 Chron. lets us know that it was Satan and not God.  What purpose did this census serve?  It would appear that David had another motive in addition to…

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2 Sam. 23 Mighty Men

The final recorded poetic words of David speaking of the coming Messiah are the substance of the first portion of this chapter.  We see Jesus as the “Rock of Israel”; who is just and rules by justice.  Justice is His character, He is the “light of the morning” or as we’ve sung in the past;…

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