Archive for the ‘Solomon’ Category

Proverbs 1:1-4

September 20, 2014 Leave a comment

I, Solomon, David’s son and Israel’s king, pass on to you these proverbs—a treasury of wisdom

So that you would recognize wisdom and value discipline;
    that you would understand insightful teaching
And receive wise guidance to live a disciplined life;
    that you would seek justice and have the ability to choose what is right and fair.
These proverbs teach the naive how to become clever;
    they instruct the young in how to grow in knowledge and live with discretion.

Immeasurable Celebration

June 12, 2014 Leave a comment

As King Solomon and the assembly stood before the covenant chest, they sacrificed innumerable sheep and uncountable oxen (v. 6).

Like Father, Like Son

June 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Just as his father had done when he moved the covenant chest to Jerusalem, Solomon assembled all of Israel (the generals, the judges, and every tribal leader) to move the covenant chest of the Eternal from the city of David (also called Zion) into the new temple in the seventh month. First all the men of Israel celebrated a feast with the king, and when the elders of Israel arrived, the Levites who were priests carried the covenant chest, the congregation tent, and all the holy utensils in the tent to the temple (vv. 2-5).

Categories: 2 Chronicles, Solomon

Solomon’s Dedication

June 10, 2014 Leave a comment

When all this work was completed for the Eternal’s house, Solomon brought in the silver, gold, and utensils, which his father, David, had dedicated for use in His temple. These things were stored in the True God’s temple treasuries,where they would be guarded by the Levites (v. 1 ).

Categories: 2 Chronicles, Solomon

King Solomon’s Epic Prayer

March 18, 2014 Leave a comment

King Solomon asks God to listen to people’s repentance when they sin:

“When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to their enemies, who take them captive to their own lands, far away or near; and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captors and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly’; and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their enemies who took them captive, and pray to you toward the land you gave their ancestors, toward the city you have chosen and the temple I have built for your Name; then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you; forgive all the offenses they have committed against you, and cause their captors to show them mercy; for they are your people and your inheritance, whom you brought out of Egypt, out of that iron-smelting furnace (1 Kings 8:46-51).

In NIV order, this is the first occurrence of the word “repent” in the Old Testament.

Categories: 1 kings, Pray, repent, Solomon

Queen of Sheba

January 24, 2013 Leave a comment

The queen of Sheba complimented King Solomon:

How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness (1 Kings 10:8-9, NIV).

Categories: 1 kings, love, Solomon

History Review: Part IV

Finally, in verses 45-50, Stephen reviews hundreds of years of history, from Joshua to David and Solomon.  He finishes with a quote from Isaiah.

Prayer and War

January 9, 2011 Leave a comment

In the midst of Solomon’s prayer of dedication for the Temple, he says:

When your people go to war against their enemies, wherever you send them, and when they pray to the LORD toward the city you have chosen and the temple I have built for your Name, then hear from heaven their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause (1 Kings 8:44-45, NIV).

This prayer is not specifically for any people except the Israelites.  How does it apply to American Christians today?

This is a particuarly difficult topic considering today’s assassination attempt.

When is war rhetoric appropriate, and when does it go too far?  The Bible allows and expects both war and peace.  History illustrates that both are part of the fabric of life.

King Solomon specifically requested God’s special intervention while at war.  But I reject the proposition that a belief in God creates war.  Petroleum is plenty reason enough to go to war today.

Jesus models a right response to violence.  We should face our enemies with strength and humility, relying upon our Heavenly Father to make things right.

Categories: jesus, Prayer, Solomon, war

Solomon’s Prayer for the Temple

November 4, 2009 Leave a comment

King Solomon prayed special blessings on the Temple, particularly that the Lord would pay special attention to requests directed toward the temple.

This is meta-prayer, a prayer about the efficacy of future prayers meeting a given set of criteria.

Golden Mean

March 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Portrait of Aristoteles. Pentelic marble, copy...Image via Wikipedia

6:6-8 reminds me of Solomon‘s words in Ecclesiastes 7:14-18, a Biblical description of the golden mean.

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