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I'm working my way through Ecclesiastes and (in my opinion) watching Solomon flail between faith and the faithlessness that has come with all of his selfishness and worshipping other gods. He vacillates between seeing the real purpose we have in the Lord and no purpose as he walks in his own strength trying to use God's wisdom without obidience to the Lord.

...continue reading "Ecclesiastes 5"

Solomon is done with all-things-Temple and his palace and God appeared to Solomon and speaks to him for a second time, as He had appeared to him at Gibeon.

...continue reading "I Kings 9 and II Chronicles 7-8"

The Temple has been built and the Lord was faithful to fill it with His presence. Now Solomon dedicates and prays over this House of God. What a seismic moment in their history and ours. To speak into such a profound moment had to come from the Lord. No human, even the wisest one can do that without God's guidance.

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Solomon has had the Temple built, started on his own palace, and had Huram the craftsman oversee the making of the holy implements and the decorating and furnishing of the inside of the Temple.

Now it's time for the formal dedication of the Temple.

...continue reading "I Kings 8: 1-11 and II Chronicles 5: 1-14 God’s Presence"

Solomon worked with Hiram for the final preparations for building the Temple. He also conscripted workers and levied taxes to pay for all of his building projects, creating the first cracks of resentment that will, ultimately, divide the nation.

...continue reading "I King 6 and II Chronicles 3"

The Chronicles cover the same period as the Kings, so I'll be reading them alongside one another. Oddly, they are together in the chronological bible, so I'll be using the Wiersbe commentary: Be Responsible as my reading guide.

...continue reading "Intro to II Chronicles"