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1 Kings 8-10
Solomon completed and dedicated the Temple of The Lord in early autumn, at the time of the Feast of Tabernacles (see Christ's Feast of Tabernacles). The Ark Of The Covenant was placed in The Most Holy Place of The Temple then, where it would remain until it was "lost" at the time of the Babylonian invasion (see Raiders Of The Lost Ark).
"Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers' houses of the people of Israel, before King Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of The Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion [see Who, What or Where Is Zion?].
The Ark of The Covenant was placed in The Most Holy Place of The Temple (see Layout Of Solomon's Temple).
"Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of The Lord to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the most holy place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. For the cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim made a covering above the ark [see Christ's Mercy Seat] and its poles [see Staves]. And the poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the holy place before the inner sanctuary; but they could not be seen from outside; and they are there to this day.
1 Kings Chapter 9
The Lord then appeared to Solomon again with a promise and a warning - what The Lord gives, He can also take away, if it is misused.
"When Solomon had finished building the house of The Lord and the king's house and all that Solomon desired to build, The Lord appeared to Solomon a second time, as he had appeared to him at Gibeon.
1 Kings Chapter 10
Sheba was a Biblical name for an area of what is known today as either southern Saudi Arabia and Yemen, or Ethiopia, or both. Also known as Saba, its people were known as Sabeans. The visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon is one of the most famous events of Bible History. Although her actual name is not recorded in the Bible account, there is a Muslim tradition that she was called Balkis. An Ethiopian account also claims that she had at least one child with Solomon, although again the Bible makes no such mention.
"Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of The Lord, she came to test him with hard questions. She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with Camels bearing Spices, and very much gold, and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind. And Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing hidden from the king which he could not explain to her. And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, their clothing, his cupbearers, and his burnt offerings which he offered at the house of The Lord, there was no more spirit in her." (1 Kings 10:1-5 RSV)
Solomon's kingdom was based upon commerce, the center of a great trading network.
"Then she gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and a very great quantity of spices, and precious stones; never again came such an abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
The great wealth of Solomon's kingdom was made evident in such things as his throne of ivory and gold. Silver was "not considered as anything in the days of Solomon."
"The king also made a great ivory throne, and overlaid it with the finest gold. The throne had six steps, and at the back of the throne was a calf's head, and on each side of the seat were arm rests and two lions standing beside the arm rests, while twelve lions stood there, one on each end of a step on the six steps. The like of it was never made in any kingdom.