Sunday, June 10, 2018

Queen Of Sheba

In chapter 10 from the book of 1 Kings, the queen of Sheba heard all that was said of King Solomon.  Instead of relying on second hand knowledge of Solomon's conquests and knowledge, she wanted to question him herself.
She arrived in Jerusalem with a bounty of spices, gold, and precious gems.
She also arrived with difficult questions.  And questions Solomon answered.  Nothing was hidden from her.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Lord's Warning To Solomon

In the book of 1 Kings, chapter 9, Solomon had finished building the Lord's Temple, the king's house, and all that he wanted to build.
The Lord God told Solomon that He had heard Solomon's plea, based on a promise to his father King David.
God instructed Solomon that if he or his people were to turn away from the Lord, by worshiping other gods and not keeping with His commandments, He would lay Israel into a pile of ruins.  Those who would pass by the once fabled city would say it was because they abandoned their God was the reason for their destruction.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Ark arrives at the Temple

No, we're not talking about Indiana Jones here.
In the book of 1 Kings, chapter 8, the ark of the covenant, carrying the sacred tablets of the Ten Commandments from the days of Moses, was brought out from Zion, the city of David, to its resting place in the Temple King Solomon had built for the Lord.
Once it was in place, King Solomon gave a blessing to the Lord, and those in attendance gave much in the way of sacrifices.  Solomon prayed for the Lord God to watch over them in all that they do.
He even called for foreigners from far away lands to be blessed if they arrive in God's name.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Lord's palace is complete

Everyone has heard of the saying, "Rome wasn't built in a day."
Well, neither has the palace that Solomon had built for the Lord.  Thirteen years it took.
In 1 Kings, chapter 7, the house dedicated to the Lord was complete.  And it was furnished with the finest.  The chapter goes into great detail on this.
The Lord deserves the best we can provide.  Solomon proved that.  What have you done lately?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Joy at what the Lord has brought you

Psalms 30 is a short but hearty psalm that is worth reading when one is feeling down.
In it, one speaks that the Lord draws you up and does not let one's enemies win.  The Lord restores one's life, even when one is feeling depressed.
In verse 11, the Lord can turn one's mourning into dancing, clothing one in gladness.
Thank the Lord forever!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Preparing for God's Temple

In the book of 1 Kings, chapters 5 and 6, Solomon is preparing to build a temple to worship God.
He first contacted Hiram, a king in Tyre, who had loved David.  We learn that David could not build such a temple--or house--to honor and worship God due to the amount of enemies that had surrounded David's kingdom.  The constant wars consumed his time and energy.
But now that David's enemies had been vanquished, it was a time for peace.  And a time to build.  The foundation took four years to build, and several more to finish building it before moving on to his own house.
These chapters showcase the commitment one needs in order to devote one's life for God.  And with God's helping hand, He will keep your enemies at bay while He helps to build your life.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Solomon's wisdom

In the 4th chapter of 1 Kings, Solomon is ruler over all of Judah and Israel.
His great wealth was obtained through great wisdom granted by God.  He organized the lands and there was peace all around.  Those who served Solomon were granted the gifts of his wisdom.  They lacked for nothing.
People came from all over to gain from his wisdom.