Epistles of Thomas

July 13, 2009

1 Kings 4-6

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 18:03

Chapter 4 lists Solomon’s officials and the twelve district governors. It seems that Solomon was trying to divide the nation by regions rather than tribes to unify it and prevent the inter-tribal squabbling that had taken place during the period of the judges and had almost split the kingdom under David. Solomon’s wisdom is extolled once again: “From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom” (4:34).

In chapter five he commences the building of the temple by requesting wood from Hiram, king of Tyre. Solomon paid him handsomely for all the cedar and juniper that he wanted and sent work teams of 10,000 men to help harvest and process it. The actual building began “In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites came out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month” (6:1). It was finished “In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month…in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it” (6:38). It must have been a magnificent building. I hope that in heaven we will be able to watch an IMAX presentation or something of history and see all these things.

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