Week #48; Wed, 11/28/18: 1 Kings 7:1-10:29

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. While it took 7 years to build the House of the Lord; it took 13 years for Solomon to build his palace.
2. Solomon included in his prayer of dedication a provision for any defeat of the people, drought on the land, famine, pestilence, blight, mildew, or plague that includes “turning” from sin and “acknowledging” the name of the Lord while “praying and pleading” with the Lord in “fear” for “forgiveness;” a format that still holds true today.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
1 Kings 7, Solomon’s Palace
1. It took 13 years for Solomon to build his own house named the House of the Forest of Lebanon; it was made of cedar.
2. The house included a Hall of pillars with a porch and a canopy.
3. He made a Hall of Thrones to pronounce judgment (Hall of Judgment)
4. He made a house like his house for Pharaoh’s daughter, his wife.
5. The house of the Lord was also built with a great court, an inner court, and a vestibule.
6. The Temple furnishings were made by Hiram from Tyre, a man full of wisdom, understanding, and skill for making any work in bronze.
7. Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, the silver, the gold, and the vessels, and stored them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord.

1 Kings 8, The Ark Brought into the Temple
1. Solomon assembled the elders, heads of the tribes, and leaders of the father’s houses of the people of Israel to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David (Zion).
2. The feast at the month of Ethanim, the seventh month, was ongoing.
3. The priests took up the ark of the Lord, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the tent and brought them up.
4. King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel who had assembled, sacrificed an untold number of sheep and oxen.
5. The priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the Most Holy Place, underneath the wings of the cherubim.
6. The cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark so that the cherubim overshadowed the ark and its poles.
7. The ark contained the two tablets of stone that Moses put there at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the people of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.
8. When the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the House of the Lord; the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.
9. Solomon said, “The Lord has said that he would dwell in thick darkness. I have indeed built you an exalted house, a place for you to dwell in forever.”
10. Solomon also blessed all of the assembly of Israel while they stood saying, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who has fulfilled his promise to David my father.”
11. Although David had it in his heart to build a house for the name of the Lord, the Lord assigned Solomon the task which has now been fulfilled.
12. Solomon rose to the place of his father and sits on the throne of Israel.
13. Solomon prayed before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel to give thanks for all he has done for his people and for placing a man (his father) on the throne of Israel.
14. The Lord promised to keep a man like David before him on the throne of Israel if only his sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me as you (David) have walked before me.
15. Solomon included provisions for foreigners in his prayer when they pray and fear the Lord.
16. Following Solomon’s benediction, the king and all Israel, offered sacrifice (120,000 oxen, 22,000 sheep) before the Lord to dedicate the house of the Lord.

1 Kings 9, The Lord Appears to Solomon
1. The Lord said to Solomon, “I have heard your prayer and your plea.”
2. The Lord said, “As for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules, then I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel. But if you turn aside from following me, you or your children, and do not keep my commandments and my statutes that I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land that I have given them and the house that I have consecrated for my name I will cast out of my sight, and Israel will become a proverb and this house will become a heap of ruins.’
3. People will say, ‘because they abandoned the Lord their God who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt and laid hold on other gods and worshiped them and served them, the Lord has brought all this disaster upon them.'”
4. Solomon gave Hiram 20 cities for his work over the twenty years of construction; but Hiram disapproved the cities although he sent Solomon 120 talents of gold.
5. Solomon and Hiram built a fleet of ships in the land of Edom near the Red Sea; in going to Ophir, they brought 420 talents of gold to Solomon.

1 Kings 10, The Queen of Sheba
1. When the Queen of Sheba learned of all of the wealth and wisdom of King Solomon, she came bearing abundant gifts; she was overcome with all that she saw.
2. The Queen of Sheba gave the king 120 talents of gold, and a very great quantity of spies and precious stones.
3. Using his fleet of ships, Hiram also brought gold, almug wood, and precious stones from Ophir.
4. 666 talents of gold came to Solomon in one year besides that which came from the explorers and business merchants.
5. The king also made a great ivory throne and many gold shields.
6. Hiram’s fleet expanded with ships in Tarshish that bought gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.
7. King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.

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