I Kings 6:1-10

The Temple in Jerusalem was a great and amazing building.  On the one hand, it made permanent the location of worship.  But on the other hand, nothing really changed, since everything that was commanded for the worship of God was contained in the portable tent which Moses had built, called the Tabernacle.  Can you imagine…

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I Kings 5:1-18

I Kings 18 is intended to communicate to us the greatness of King Solomon and his reign.  We are given all kinds of numbers and logistics and details showing the massive scale with which Solomon approached the task of building the Temple.  Solomon thought and planned on a grand scale, building one of the great…

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I Kings 3:16-28

Ok, I have to admit that this story in I Kings 3 just does not work for me.  I know it is designed to function as an example of Solomon’s new wisdom, and I do believe that it does, but it seems as though it does not really work. What are my problems with the…

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I Kings 4:29-34

Solomon wa s super smart.  Verse 29 declares that he had wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and this was not just being good at trivia or minor details about obscure things.   This was true wisdom. We are told that Solomon’s wisdom either came from nature or was about nature.  He really understood the world…

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I Kings 4:20-28

Every once in a while a person, or a family or a nation hits a spot in their history where things are going absolutely perfectly.  Solomon’s reign over Israel is considered to be just such a time for the nation of Israel.  Our reading today describes what one might call the Golden Age of Old…

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I Kings 4:1-19

As Solomon settles into his reign over the people of Israel we are shown another example of his great wisdom, this time in the area of administration.  We read of 12 individuals who were in charge of 12 districts in the land.  Now it is cool to be a ruler over a certain district, but…

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I Kings 3:10-15

In Mark 11:24 Jesus tells the disciples that, if we have faith, God will give you what you pray for.  Now this verse has spawned a lot of controversy and has even been used by some to form a heretical view of the Christian life.  The interesting question in this verse is this; what will…

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I Kings 3:5-9

Today we see the famous request of king Solomon, asking God for wisdom when he could have asked for anything.  There are a lot of definitions of wisdom.  For instance, Wikipedia defines wisdom as: “Wisdom or sapience is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight.” My own definition…

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I Kings 3:1-4

As long as our heart is in the right place, that’s what counts, right?  Solomon was a king who “loved the Lord” (v.3).  This is wonderful, don’t you think!  But, as important as having your heart in the right place is, we find that  it was not going to be enough for Solomon.  One of…

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I Kings 2:36-46

Three men who did David dirt.  Two of them have been dealt with, Adonijah and Joab.  And now in our reading today we see the third man getting his due.  It all seems innocent enough.  Solomon confines Shimei to the city of Jerusalem, and he stays there for a long time.  But the day finally…

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