OLD TESTAMENT - LESSON 26
1 Kings 3; 5-11


Scriptural Highlights

A study of this lesson should encourage us to use our blessings wisely and to enter the temple worthily.


Introduction - Solomon's Rise To Power

Some Thoughts On George Washington

  1. In recent days we have celebrated the independence of the United States as declared by a few brave men in 1776. Among those who helped lay the foundations for this great republic was George Washington of Virginia.
  2. WHAT LESSONS DO WE FIND IN GEORGE WASHINGTON'S LIFE?

Solomon's Rise To Power

  1. One of the blessings of our governmental system is the peaceful transition of power.
  2. The Monarchy of ancient Israel validates the correctness of this philosophy of peaceful transition, free elections, and limited terms.
  3. READ 1 KINGS 2:1-3. David's charge to Solomon.


The Lord Blesses Solomon

  1. READ 1 KINGS 3:5-15. The Lord appears to Solomon in a dream.
  2. IN WHAT SITUATION DID SOLOMON FIRST EXERCISE HIS JUDGEMENT?


The Construction Of The Temple

  1. Solomon wrote to Hiram, king of Tyre, "I purpose to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spake unto David my father, saying, Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall build an house unto my name" (1 Kings 5:5).
  2. READ 1 KINGS 6:7. No tools of iron to be heard.
  3. READ 1 KINGS 6:11-13. The Lord's promise to Solomon regarding the temple.
  4. We read in 1 Kings 7 that Solomon built his own house or palace. It was 13 years under construction and larger than the temple (and we thought Bill Gates was slow).


Solomon Dedicates The Temple - 1 Kings 8

  1. After seven years of construction, Solomon dedicated the temple.
  2. Solomon's dedicatory prayer (see 1 Kings 8:22-53).
  3. At the end of Solomon's dedicatory prayer he counseled Israel, "Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day" (1 Kings 8:61).
  4. After the dedication of the temple and several days of worship, Solomon "sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the LORD had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people." (1 Kings 8:66)


Solomon Becomes Excessively Wealthly & Marries Non-Israelite Women


Summary


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