As we continue in this chapter of comparison, we observe a comparison between the works of the foolish and wise. When one is not sure about another's words, we must look at their works to help us better understand what they are all about.
The Temple signigfied God's permanent presence among His people in the Pomised Land. Up to the point of the Temple's conclusion, God had moved with his people. But, now He was settling them in a specific location and dweeling amongst them. Permanence is good.
Solomon built his Temple to reflect the glroy of God. There was no question that it had to be the most majestic building in all the land becaue it was the place where the Hebrews would meet with their glorious God. We can learn from them about giving our best to God.
We take a moment to discuss the 2 1/2 years of Proverb devotionals, how to sign up for notifications (and help others sign up) with a reminder that the wise will receive Biblical counsel and wisdom, beginning with the Biblical Gospel of Salvation.
Covering chapter 4, we continue with Moses restating certain commandments including the prohibition against adding to or taking away from God's words complete with warnings and reminders of past failures.
God graciously provided peace, security, and wealth for Solomon and the people of Isarel so that they could refelect His glory and establish His worship in Jerusalem through the building of the Temple. He often does the same for His Chruch.
Solomon received wisdom from God and promptly put it to use when he had to judge between two women and a living baby. We can learn perspective from this story as well as see evidence of God's Spirit on Solomon.
Solomon had the opportunity to pray for anything he wanted. God would grant his request. What did he pray for? Wisdom to discern the will of God. That's what he needed, and that's what God gave him along with all the weath and honor that he could imagine. We should prayer similarly.
The James series is paused in order to review the
Old Testament prophecy which foretold the birth
of our Savior.
In this near-December series, the kings of Israel are
reviewed, the noble and not-so-noble characters.
Further political and religious failings and trials are
explored as Kevin Pulliam shows the backdrop
against which the visions and prophecies of Isaiah
and others would come.
Solomon had to take decisive action to clean house after being crowned king following his father David's death. He killed Adonijah and Joab while banishing Abiathar, the priest. These men were threats to the advancement of the Lord's will. We must be willing to be decisive as well.