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Saturday, May 17 2014
1 Kings 4: Solomon's Regime
"So King Solomon was king over all Israel"
The English word "regime" originated from a Latin word, regimen, which simply meant to govern. Despite it having been made a scary bogeyman ("a mythical creature in many cultures used by adults or older children to frighten bad children into good behavior") propaganda word in the minds of some ("the regime over there" in that foreign country), all countries have a regime - a government. The English word "government" itself, although from a different Latin word, gubernare, means exactly the same - so much so that the actual words were used interchangeably, just as they still are by many people.
While much of Israel's civil war government and military structure was inherited from his father King David, King Solomon solidly established his own regime after David's passing (see 1 Kings 2: Solomon's House Cleaning).
"4:1 So king Solomon was king over all Israel.
King Solomon also inherited David's empire (see 2 Samuel 8: King David's Empire). So "Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt" (see also Abraham's Seed: From The Nile To The Euphrates).
"4:20 Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry. 4:21 And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they brought presents, and served Solomon all the days of his life.
Solomon was born with a gift of natural wisdom (see 1 Kings 3: Solomon's Gift Of Wisdom) - which the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) added the greater wisdom of the Holy Spirit (see also Exodus 31: The Spirit Of Creation and Bezaleel: Filled With The Spirit Of God). Solomon's knowledge and understanding of science also became great so that "his fame was in all nations round about."
"4:29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. 4:30 And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. 4:31 For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about. 4:32 And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five. 4:33 And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes. 4:34 And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom." (1 Kings 4:29-34 KJV)
Fact Finder: Where was "the city of David"?
This Day In History, May 17
218: The 7th recorded perihelion (the point in the orbit of a planet or comet where it is nearest to the sun) passage of Halley's Comet.
395: Upon the death of Emperor Theodosius I, the Roman Empire was no longer ruled by a single leader. Theodosius had divided the empire into western and eastern portions, thereby creating the prophesied "two legs" of Nebuchadnezzar's Dream.
1377: Pope Gregory XI restored the papacy to Rome from Avignon, France, where it had resided for 72 years. It had been moved there by French Pope Clement V in 1305, to escape the political turmoil in Italy at the time (see The Struggle For The Papacy and The Little Big Horn; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1521: Edward Stafford, the 3rd Duke of Buckingham, was executed for treason.
1562: The Edict of St. Germain permitted the Huguenots (Protestants) in France.
1590: Anne of Denmark was crowned Queen of Scotland.
1620: The first merry-go-round at a fair, in Philippapolis, Turkey.
1756: Britain declared war on France, beginning the French and Indian War.
1773: The Resolution, under Captain James Cook, became the first ship to enter Antarctic waters.
1805: Muhammad Ali became the Governor of Egypt.
1808: Napoleon I of France (Napoleon Bonaparte) ordered the annexation of the Papal States into the French Empire.
1809: The Papal States were annexed by France.
1814: Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden.
1902: Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovered the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.
1912: Captain Robert Scott's expedition reached the South Pole, a month after Roald Amundsen of Norway.
1939: The Nazi government in Germany prohibited Jews from working as dentists, veterinarians and chemists (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1940: Germany occupied Brussels, Belgium and began the invasion of France (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1945: The Soviet Red Army liberated and occupied Warsaw, Poland, from German forces.
1966: A U.S. B-52 bomber collided in mid-air with a refuelling tanker over Spain. 8 people were killed, and the bomber released its H-bomb into the Atlantic.
1987: At the time when Iraq was regarded as a U.S. ally (primarily because Iraq was at war with Iran), an Iraqi fighter jet "accidentally" fired a missile that struck the USS Stark. Although 37 U.S. sailors were killed, the U.S. declared it to be an incident of "friendly fire" from an ally.
1990: "Enlightened leaders" of the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric diseases.
2004: Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize homosexual "marriage."