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Tuesday, January 16 2018
Children Of King David: Solomon
"Give therefore Thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between good and bad"
King David had many sons and daughters, from numerous wives and concubines. It was a complex family situation that produced and exhibited some of the best, and some of the very worst, of human nature - including treason, murder and rape within the family itself (see Children Of King David: Amnon and Children Of King David: Chileab and Children Of King David: Absalom and Children Of King David: Adonijah and Children Of King David: The Baby With No Name).
Among its best however, at least at first (see the Fact Finder question below), was the son of King David who succeeded him as the leader of Israel - Solomon - the only monarch of Israel whose entire reign spanned a time when all of Israel were a united kingdom i.e. David reigned over the united kingdom only after the civil war, and Solomon's son and successor Rehoboam reigned over the united kingdom only at the beginning of his regime (see Biblical Eras: The City Of David - When Jerusalem Became An Israelite City).
Solomon's famous wisdom was at first natural. He was born intelligent and humble - a potential right-use product of wisdom itself. Even as a youth, Solomon made many wise decisions. The most important one however, which in itself was proof of his then righteous wisdom, was to pray to the LORD for, not merely more wisdom, as though it were an end in itself, but righteous wisdom - he didn't want Satan's brand of stupid and obnoxious, loud-mouth "wisdom."
"3:5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
Solomon became famous throughout the ancient world. Kings and Queens of other nations came to Jerusalem to meet Solomon and hear his advice. Among the most notable of those was the Queen of Sheba (see also What Did Jesus Christ Say About The Queen Of Sheba?).
"10:1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions. 10:2 And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. 10:3 And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not. 10:4 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had built, 10:5 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.
Fact Finder: How did Solomon descend from one of the wisest men that ever lived to one of the greatest fools of all time?
This Day In History, January 16
27 BC: With his defeat of the remnant of the Greek Empire (see The Greek Empire: Cleopatra and The Ptolemies Of Egypt and A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Years In Cleopatra's Egypt), Octavian ("Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus"), thereafter known as Caesar Augustus, became the first Roman emperor (see The Roman Emperors: Augustus). Augustus was emperor at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 2:1-7; see also Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?).
550: The Ostrogoths (a Germanic people) under King Totila conquered Rome after a prolonged siege. Germany itself eventually became the Roman Empire of end-time prophecy (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1120: The Council of Nablus established the laws of "the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1412: The Medici family was appointed the official banker of the Papacy.
1547: Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible) became the first Russian Czar ("Czar" is the Russian version of "Caesar").
1556: Charles I of Spain was succeeded by his son, Philip II.
1572: Thomas Howard, the 4th Duke of Norfolk, was tried for treason for his involvement in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England.
1581: The English Parliament outlawed Roman Catholicism after repeated attempts at invasion, government overthrow and assassination of English kings by the Papacy after Henry VIII (reigned 1509-1547) declared independence from Rome.
1604: At the Hampton Court Conference in England, John Rainolds presented to King James I the motion "that there might be a new translation of the Bible." Approved the next day, Rainolds' motion led to the 1611 publication of the "Authorized" King James Version of the Bible.
1642: French settlers were given land in Acadia (what is today eastern Canada). Years later, when the British took possession of the area, many of the Acadians left for the French colonies in Louisiana, where the Canadian "Acadian" came to be pronounced as "Cajun."
1756: The Treaty of Westminster was signed by King George II of England and Frederick of Prussia, providing Hanover's neutrality during the Anglo-French wars.
1780: The British under Admiral George Rodney defeated a Spanish squadron at Cape St. Vincent, thus relieving Gibraltar.
1794: Edward Gibbon, author of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, died.
1809: The British army under Sir John Moore defeated a superior French force at the battle of Corunna; Moore was killed in the battle.
1920: "Prohibition" in the U.S. began, outlawing the sale or manufacture of alcohol. It became the biggest money-maker for organized crime for many years (later replaced by narcotics).
1945: Adolf Hitler (see Why Does Satan Love Liars? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) returned to his Berlin bunker (the "Fuhrerbunker" - the "leader" then led his country from a hole in the ground) where he would remain for the few remaining months of his life. This date is also regarded as the end of the failed German Ardennes offensive, known as the Battle of The Bulge.
1950: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg recognized Israel de jure.
1956: The Egyptian government made Islam the state religion.
1969: The Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 completed the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, and the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another.
1979: The Shah of Iran was forced into exile by Ayatollah Khomeini. Iran thereby went from being ruled by a fascist (i.e. an unelected dictator) CIA-controlled king to a Muslim-controlled "democratic" state.
1982: Britain re-established full diplomatic relations with the Vatican i.e. the Church of Rome ("18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her" Revelation 18:3 KJV).
1991: The (first) Iraq war ("Operation Desert Storm") began with the massive bombing of targets in Iraq and occupied Kuwait.
2003: The US. Space Shuttle Columbia was launched on its final mission. It disintegrated 16 days later while attempting re-entry.
Two Space Shuttle were lost before the U.S. canceled any further use of them: Challenger from a launch failure on January 28, 1986 and Columbia from a re-entry failure on February 1, 2003. A total of 14 U.S. astronauts were killed in Space Shuttle flights - 7 lost in each of Challenger and Columbia.