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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).

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"4:1 So king Solomon was king over all Israel.

4:2 And these were the princes which he had; Azariah the son of Zadok the priest, 4:3 Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder. 4:4 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the host: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests: 4:5 And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers: and Zabud the son of Nathan was principal officer, and the king's friend: 4:6 And Ahishar was over the household: and Adoniram the son of Abda was over the tribute.

4:7 And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, which provided victuals for the king and his household: each man his month in a year made provision. 4:8 And these are their names: The son of Hur, in mount Ephraim: 4:9 The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and Bethshemesh, and Elonbethhanan: 4:10 The son of Hesed, in Aruboth; to him pertained Sochoh, and all the land of Hepher: 4:11 The son of Abinadab, in all the region of Dor; which had Taphath the daughter of Solomon to wife: 4:12 Baana the son of Ahilud; to him pertained Taanach and Megiddo, and all Bethshean, which is by Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from Bethshean to Abelmeholah, even unto the place that is beyond Jokneam: 4:13 The son of Geber, in Ramothgilead; to him pertained the towns of Jair the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; to him also pertained the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, threescore great cities with walls and brasen bars: 4:14 Ahinadab the son of Iddo had Mahanaim: 4:15 Ahimaaz was in Naphtali; he also took Basmath the daughter of Solomon to wife: 4:16 Baanah the son of Hushai was in Asher and in Aloth: 4:17 Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar: 4:18 Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamin: 4:19 Geber the son of Uri was in the country of Gilead, in the country of Sihon king of the Amorites, and of Og king of Bashan; and he was the only officer which was in the land." (1 Kings 4:1-19 KJV)

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.

4:22 And Solomon's provision for one day was thirty measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of meal, 4:23 Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and an hundred sheep, beside harts, and roebucks, and fallowdeer, and fatted fowl. 4:24 For he had dominion over all the region on this side the river, from Tiphsah even to Azzah, over all the kings on this side the river: and he had peace on all sides round about him. 4:25 And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.

4:26 And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.

4:27 And those officers provided victual for king Solomon, and for all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his month: they lacked nothing. 4:28 Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries brought they unto the place where the officers were, every man according to his charge." (1 Kings 4:20-28 KJV)

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"?
See A History Of Jerusalem: The City Of David


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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).

Captain James Cook 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."


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