Week #47; Wed, 11/21/18: 1 Kings 2:1-6:38

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. The boundaries of the kingdom of Solomon appears to coincide with the boundaries of Israel originally identified by the Lord for the “Promised Land” in Genesis 15, 17, Exodus 23, and Ezekiel 47.
2. I’ve noticed words of reasoning being used like “if, then, and, else” that are familiar to us current readers that make for exact conditional outcomes and outputs for both David and Solomon, his son.
3. Failure to meet conditions make for likely adverse impact on the boundaries noted above; the Lord places high value on boundaries in His plans (Acts 17:26-27 pertains).

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
1 Kings 2: David Instructs Solomon
1. As David’s time drew near to his end, he commands Solomon to be strong, keep the charge of the Lord, walk in His ways, keep His statutes, commandments, rules, and testimonies recorded in the Law of Moses in order to prosper in all he does.
2. David instructed Solomon to pay close attention to his way, to walk before the Lord in faithfulness with all his heart and soul in order to continue keeping a man on the throne of Israel as was promised to David.
3. David also identified key people that Solomon should act out upon through his wisdom to blunt further hostilities toward the throne and to shield those close to David.
4. David was buried in the city of David after reigning for forty years.
5. Solomon sat on the throne of David and his kingdom was firmly established.
6. Later, Solomon’s half-brother, Adonijah (son of Haggith), persisted to gain Abishag as his wife by approaching Bathsheba to speak on his behalf.
7. However, when Bathsheba spoke to Solomon about the matter, he rebuked her and had Adonijah put to death.
8. Solomon continued to clean out the house of his father, David, by expelling Abiathar, the priest; executing Joab for shedding innocent blood of two men (Abner and Amasa); and killing Shimei for all the harm he did to David (and for crossing over the brook of Kidron to go after his servants that ran away).

1 Kings 3: Solomon Prays for Wisdom
1. Because Solomon was very young, he put his highest priority on ruling justly for the vast numbers of people in his kingdom.
2. Solomon loved the Lord and at the time of great sacrifice in Gibeon, the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and asked him “What shall I give you?”
3. Solomon asked for the Lord to give him an “understanding mind” to govern the people with the ability to discern between good and evil.
4. The Lord said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I will do according to your word.”
5. The Lord said to Solomon, “Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.”
6. Further, the Lord said, “I will give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.”
7. The Lord also said to Solomon He would “lengthen your days if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments as your father David walked.”
8. Solomon’s wisdom was on great display in settling the dispute between two women that came before the throne to plead their case over the rightful claim over a living and a dead child; Solomon gave the living child to the woman who sought to spare the child when he attempted to divide the child in half with a sword.

1 Kings 4: Solomon’s High Officials
1. Solomon had 12 officers over all of Israel; they provided food for the king and his household each month in turn (Ben-abinadab had taken Taphath, Solomon’s daughter as his wife and Ahimaaz had taken Basemath, Solomon’s daughter as his wife).
2. Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt; they brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life.
3. God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind that was unsurpassed; he was wiser that all other men and his fame was in all the surrounding nations.
4. Solomon spoke 3,000 proverbs and his songs were 1,005; all people and nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon.

1 Kings 5: Solomon Prepares to Build the Temple
1. David could not build a house for the name of the Lord his God because of the warfare with which his enemies surrounded him.
2. Solomon told Hiram, king of Tyre, “But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side and I intend to build a house for the name of the Lord my God as the Lord said to David my father.”
3. Solomon commanded that cedars of Lebanon be cut by the Sidonians for the building of the temple.
4. Hiram rejoiced at the message of Solomon and promised to prepare cedar and cypress timbers for the building to take place.
5. The timbers were made into rafts to go by sea and delivered from there; Solomon provided food and oil year by year to Hiram and a treaty of peace was made between them.
6. Over 180,000 laborers were involved in the building of the temple; they quarried out great, costly stones and cut and prepared timbers for the building to come.

1 Kings 6: Solomon Builds the Temple
1. Precise measurements and designs went into the construction of the temple; all preparations were done off-site and neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron was heard in the house while it was being built.
2. So Solomon built the house and finished it; then the word of the Lord came to Solomon, “Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and obey my rules and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you, which I spoke to David your father. And I will dwell among the children of Israel and will not forsake my people Israel.”
3. Gold overlay was reserved for special parts “of” and items “in” the house of the Lord (i.e., the Most Holy Place, the ark of the covenant of the Lord, two cherubim, the altar, the inside of the sanctuary, etc.).
3. It took seven years to finish the house of the Lord.

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