Archive for November 2016

I Kings 10:23-29

God had said to Abraham back in Genesis 12 that he would bless him and make his name great.  And, in I Kings 3 God had declared that he would give riches to Solomon as well as wisdom.  And now, as our reading today indicated, this was all coming true.  God always honors his promises.…

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I Kings 10:14-22

Cool shields of gold. Cool throne of ivory. Cool cups of gold. Cool apes and peacocks. Everything about Solomon was, well, pretty cool.  Solomon majored in “cool”.  It does give one pause that the weight of the gold he got in one  year was 666 talents, but I don’t suppose 666 was an evil number…

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I Kings 10:1-10

The queen of Sheba comes to get a first-hand look at this king who was wise, and what she saw took her breath away.  She was amazed at how he spoke and what he knew, as well as the extreme prosperity of the land and of his royal court.  This queen came with her own…

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I Kings 9:15-28

The period when Solomon was king over Israel is called the golden age of God’s people.  It was an age or prosperity and advancement, the likes of which the nation had never see, and never would see again.  Solomon was a builder, and he did indeed build.  Everywhere one looked there was some construction project…

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I Kings 9:10-14

Have you ever given a gift to someone and they did not like it?  How did that make you feel?  The matter becomes a little more complicated when the gift you are giving is sort of payback for something the other person had first done for you.  Solomon has gotten as much cedar timber from…

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I Kings 9:1-9

Solomon was a really fortunate man.  He actually had God appear to him, twice.  And the Lord spoke a very clear word of direction in his life.  Obey me and I will bless you.  Turn from following me and disaster will land upon you.  Pretty simple and straightforward, don’t you think?  The same word comes…

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I Kings 8:62-66

So what’s the one thing that catches your eye in our reading today?   It has to be the sheer amount of sacrifices made by Solomon in the dedication ceremony.  It is absolutely incredible!  There were 22,000 oxen.  Can you imagine killing that many oxen in one day, or even in a week?  Wow!  And…

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I Kings 8:54-61

As Solomon brings his great prayer of dedication for the Temple to a conclusion he finds himself longing for, and praying for two things.  These two things are, truly, the two most important things in the entire world for all of life.  What are they? That God would “be with” His people. That God’s people…

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I Kings 8:44-53

I guess no one could really accuse Solomon of looking at things through rose-colored glasses.  As he prays he envisions all the things that might happen to God’s people in the future.  And all of these things seem to be bad. Solomon envisions a future in which the people sin against God, thus ultimately leading…

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I Kings 8:41-43

As Solomon continues to pray, the subject of his prayer now turns to foreigners.  Now, in a day of illegal immigrants and policies debates on how to treat them, this is a rather interesting prayer.  But, of course, Solomon was talking about foreigners who were coming to visit in Israel, not coming to live.  So…

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