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1 Kings 8
The temple is built. Solomon has started to bring various items into the temple. One thing that is missing… the Ark. What is in the Ark? The 2 stone tablets from Moses.
Solomon dedicates the temple. He also pleads with God that in the future, if Israel needed God, that he would listen. One section that speaks to me is that if a foreigner (which I would be one of) who is not of the people of Israel, comes to God because they hear His name and of his mighty hand and outstretched arm… when that foreigner comes, HEAR in heaven and do all according to all of which the foreigner calls to you.
1 Kings 9
God tells Solomon, “If you walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules, then I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your Father…”
1 Kings 10
The queen of Sheba (where is sheba?) heard all about Solomon and wanted to come to him and ask him a bunch of questions. He answered all her questions and amazed her. She gave him spices and precious stones. His wealth began to get epic. He excelled all the kings of the earth in wealth and knowledge.
1 Kings 11
Solomon’s failings are shown as he has many wives… many of which are ones that God forbid the people of Israel to marry. These wives turned his heart away from God to foreign gods. What Solomon did was evil in the sight of the lord (which we will see with many of the kings coming up)
Yet for the sake of David, he didn’t tear the kingdom from Solomon. Also, he will continue to establish a king for part of the tribe of Israel (for the sake of David.) 10 tribes will follow Jeroboam.
1 Kings 12
The nation of Israel is divided now. Judah and Benjamin stand with Rehoboam. Before they were about to battle their brothers, God stopped them and told them to go home… for this thing is from me. God’s plan for His glory and their good.
1 Kings 13
Jeroboam’s sin (creating some golden calves to worship) and defiling an alter. A Lion killed Jeroboam at an old prophet’s house.
1 Kings 14
Jeroboam’s household has judgement against it. Rehoboam in Judah led the people to do evil in the sight of the Lord. There was war between israel and judah. Guess they should have listened to God and go home and leave it alone…
1 Kings 15
Abijam became king in Judah. He did evil. Asa then rules in Judah. He did right in the eyes of the Lord. Putting away sin and idols. He returned the people to God.
Nadab starts to rule in Israel after Jeroboam. He did evil. Baasha is next in israel. Evil.
1 Kings 16
Elah = Evil in the sight of the Lord. Zimri conspired against Elah… killed him. Then he reigned only 7 days… Omri is made king. Omri = Evil in the sight of the Lord.
Ahab reigns after Omri. Evil. Infact he did more evil than all before him as if it were a light thing for him to do. Ahab did more to provoke the Lord than all the other kings. Worshipped Baal and began to lay the foundations of Jericho which brought about a curse that Joshua had spoke.