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Israelite Monarchy - The United Kingdom
by Wayne Blank
"Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and The Lord said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel. So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before The Lord: and they anointed David king over Israel.
"Thus King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom"
With Israel united under his command, King David then set about making peace, by annihilating many of Israel's enemies - and "The Lord gave victory to David wherever he went" (a principle that Jesus Christ Himself will employ; see Christ the Conqueror For Peace):
"After this David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and David took Methegammah out of the hand of the Philistines.
Although the united kingdom was never without threats and difficulties, sometimes from within David's own family (e.g. David's son Absalom attempted a deadly coup against his own father, but in the end it was Absalom who lost his life), the kingdom remained intact for the rest of David's life. When David died, he was succeeded by his son Solomon who greatly capitalized on the peace and political power that his father David had brought about.
"Thus King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. And the whole earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put into his mind. Every one of them brought his present, articles of silver and gold, garments, myrrh, spices, horses, and mules, so much year by year." (1 Kings 10:23-25 RSV)
Fact Finder: What did Solomon do in his later years that caused the united kingdom of Israel to end? What was the name of Solomon's son through whom the division occurred?
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