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Wednesday, July 30 2014

2 Chronicles 1: What Did The LORD Say To Solomon?

"Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like"

Solomon began his reign as the king of the united kingdom of Israel (see the Fact Finder question below) with every possible advantage. Everything was given to him to carry out the responsibilities that were given to him.

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"1:1 And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly.

1:2 Then Solomon spake unto all Israel, to the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and to the judges, and to every governor in all Israel, the chief of the fathers. 1:3 So Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the high place that was at Gibeon; for there was the tabernacle of the congregation of God, which Moses the servant of the LORD had made in the wilderness. 1:4 But the ark of God had David brought up from Kirjathjearim to the place which David had prepared for it: for he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem. 1:5 Moreover the brasen altar, that Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, he put before the tabernacle of the LORD: and Solomon and the congregation sought unto it. 1:6 And Solomon went up thither to the brasen altar before the LORD, which was at the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it." (2 Chronicles 1:1-6 KJV)

Imagine having the LORD come to you and declaring that He will give you whatever you ask. The LORD did that for Solomon.

"1:7 In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee." (1 Chronicles 1:7 KJV)

Solomon's reply was the righteous one.

"1:8 And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead. 1:9 Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. 1:10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?" (2 Chronicles 1:8-10 KJV)

The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) then blessed Solomon with even more of what is good.

"1:11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: 1:12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like." (2 Chronicles 1:11-12 KJV)

So it was that the LORD established King Solomon. It was then up to Solomon to use his wisdom wisely, not to squander it upon himself (see Solomon's Gift Of Wisdom and When The Love Of Wisdom Becomes Love Of Self).

"1:13 Then Solomon came from his journey to the high place that was at Gibeon to Jerusalem, from before the tabernacle of the congregation, and reigned over Israel.

1:14 And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, which he placed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem. 1:15 And the king made silver and gold at Jerusalem as plenteous as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that are in the vale for abundance. 1:16 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn: the king's merchants received the linen yarn at a price. 1:17 And they fetched up, and brought forth out of Egypt a chariot for six hundred shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty: and so brought they out horses for all the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, by their means." (2 Chronicles 1:13=17 KJV)

Fact Finder: How many kings reigned over the united kingdom of Israel?
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This Day In History, July 30

30 B.C.: Mark Antony, claimant to the Roman leadership while involved with Cleopatra (see The Cleopatra Connection), committed suicide when faced with defeat by his rival Octavian (Octavian is known in the Holy Bible as Caesar Augustus; see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).

Antony and Cleopatra 579: Pope Benedict I died during a siege of Rome by the Lombards (see also The Struggle For The Papacy and listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy; see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions).

762: Caliph Al-Mansur commissioned the beginning of the construction of the city of Baghdad, Iraq (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram).

1178: Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire) known as Barbarossa, was crowned King of Burgundy.

1502: During his fourth exploratory voyage (all of his voyages were in and around the Caribbean area), Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands of Honduras.

1578: British explorer Martin Frobisher landed at Anne Warwick Island in the Canadian Arctic while trying to discover a Northwest Passage. While there, the ship's chaplain conducted the first Thanksgiving service in the New World (see also Thanksgiving).

1629: 10,000 people died in an earthquake in Naples, Italy.

1656: Charles X of Sweden defeated the Poles at the Battle of Warsaw, two days after invading the country.

1793: John Graves Simcoe, Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, began clearing the lakeshore (Lake Ontario) site for the city of York, today known as Toronto. He called it York in honor of the Duke of York's victories in Europe during the war against Napoleon.

1898: Otto von Bismarck died at age 83. He was the founder and first Chancellor of the German Empire, the "First Reich" (see The Holy Roman Empire).

1933: The Vatican, under Pope Pius XI, signed a concordat with Nazi Germany, protecting the rights of the Roman Church under the Third Reich (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1945: The Japanese submarine I-58 sank the U.S. cruiser Indianapolis with a loss of 883 men. It was returning to the U.S. after having just delivered the material for the atomic bomb that would later be dropped on Japan.

1962: The Trans-Canada Highway, the largest national highway in the world, was officially opened.

1974: During the Watergate criminal investigation, President Richard Nixon released subpoenaed White House recordings, as ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court.

1975: Union leader / convicted gangster Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of a restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He was never seen again.

1980: The Knesset (Parliament) of Israel passed the Jerusalem Law, also known as "Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel" (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah, A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

2003: The last original-design Volkswagen Beetle was manufactured, at a Volkswagen plant in Mexico.





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