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Wednesday, August 6 2014

2 Chronicles 8: Solomon's Wise Years

"It came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had built the House of the LORD, and his own house"

King Solomon was naturally wise as a youth. That innate ("Present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during foetal development"; The WordWeb Dictionary from Princeton University) wisdom caused Solomon to seek to obey the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God), Who then blessed Solomon with greater spiritual wisdom (see Solomon's Gift Of Wisdom).

King Solomon remained wise for the first half of his life, during which time he built the Temple of the LORD (see The Royal Woods, The Heart Of The Temple, The Day Of The Ark and Solomon's Temple Address) and established Israel as a strong, righteous kingdom (see Solomon's Regime). Solomon

"8:1 And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had built the house of the LORD, and his own house, 8:2 That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the children of Israel to dwell there. 8:3 And Solomon went to Hamathzobah, and prevailed against it. 8:4 And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the store cities, which he built in Hamath. 8:5 Also he built Bethhoron the upper, and Bethhoron the nether, fenced cities, with walls, gates, and bars; 8:6 And Baalath, and all the store cities that Solomon had, and all the chariot cities, and the cities of the horsemen, and all that Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and throughout all the land of his dominion." (2 Chronicles 8:1-6 KJV)

The Kingdom of Israel was an empire during the reign of King Solomon, as established by his father King David (see King David's Empire).

"8:7 As for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which were not of Israel, 8:8 But of their children, who were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel consumed not, them did Solomon make to pay tribute until this day. 8:9 But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no servants for his work; but they were men of war, and chief of his captains, and captains of his chariots and horsemen. 8:10 And these were the chief of king Solomon's officers, even two hundred and fifty, that bare rule over the people." (2 Chronicles 8:7-10 KJV)

Solomon's collection of wives consisted of political marriages, such as the daughter of the king of Egypt ("Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her: for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the LORD hath come"), to genuine love (see Song Of Solomon: The King's Favorite), while others, as happened with his father David (see The Wives Of King David) would set the stage for great trouble in his later years (see the Fact Finder question below).

"8:11 And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her: for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the LORD hath come." (2 Chronicles 8:11 KJV)

Solomon's wisdom spanned the years from his youth to middle age. The paradoxical lesson of Solomon is that wisdom can be lost if it is not tended and replenished. It can be squandered for any number of reasons, but for Solomon it manifested itself by just one (see the Fact Finder question below).

"8:12 Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he had built before the porch, 8:13 Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles. 8:14 And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required: the porters also by their courses at every gate: for so had David the man of God commanded. 8:15 And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto the priests and Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the treasures.

8:16 Now all the work of Solomon was prepared unto the day of the foundation of the house of the LORD, and until it was finished. So the house of the LORD was perfected.

8:17 Then went Solomon to Eziongeber, and to Eloth, at the sea side in the land of Edom. 8:18 And Huram sent him by the hands of his servants ships, and servants that had knowledge of the sea; and they went with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and took thence four hundred and fifty talents of gold, and brought them to king Solomon." (2 Chronicles 8:12-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: How did Solomon fall from a wise man to a liberal fool?
See What Caused Solomon's Idolatry?

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This Day In History, August 6

1195: Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony and Bavaria, died at age 66.

1284: The Republic of Genoa defeated the Republic of Pisa at the Battle of Meloria.

1415: Jan Hus, a Czech who spoke out against Roman Catholic Church corruption, was burned at the stake as a "heretic."

1538: Bogota, Colombia, was founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada.

1497: John Cabot returned to England after his first successful journey to the Labrador coast.

1806: A premature historical account: "The Holy Roman Empire came to an end when Francis II formally resigned his titles in deference to Napoleon's victories. Founded in 962 by Otto I of Germany, the Holy Roman Empire was a political entity in parts of Europe, primarily German states, over which the pope had spiritual control. The map of "The Holy Roman Empire of The German Nation" is shown below (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

German Empire
1661: The Treaty of The Hague was signed by Portugal and the Dutch Republic.

1825: Bolivia declared its independence from Peru.

1845: The Russian Geographical Society was founded in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

1861: The United Kingdom annexed Lagos, Nigeria.

1890: Convicted murderer William Kemmler became the first person to be executed in the electric chair when he was put to death at Auburn State Prison in New York.

1914: The British light cruiser Amphion struck a German mine and sunk immediately; 150 men drowned, including the German prisoners on board that had been captured from the minelayer that had laid the fatal mine.

1945: During the Second World War, the U.S. B-29 Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing an estimated 140,000 people, and horribly burning tens of thousands more, in the first use of a nuclear "weapon of mass destruction" in warfare. The second came a few days later when another U.S. bomber dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.

1986: William Schroeder died after living 620 days with the "Jarvik Seven" artificial heart.

1996: Scientists from NASA and a number of universities reported that a meteorite found in Antarctica in 1984, and later identified as having originated from Mars, provided "unequivocal" biological evidence that life once existed on Mars. The findings were later disputed.

2012: The Curiosity mobile science probe landed on the surface of Mars.


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