Epistles of Thomas

July 14, 2009

1 Kings 7-9

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 9:53
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After Solomon finished building the temple he spent thirteen years building his palace. The text seems a little ambiguous, in translation at least, as to whether spending twice as long on his own house is a good thing (7:1). Solomon also completed all of the temple furnishings and then the ark was brought into the temple. This event culminated in Solomon’s blessing (8:15-21) and his prayer of dedication (8:23-53), followed by a benediction (8:56-61). Solomon warned the people that they will fall away and prays that the Lord will hear their prayers when they are in captivity (8:46ff). This warning is repeated by the Lord in chapter nine. “But if you or your descendants turn away from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. Israel will then become a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples” (9:6-7). Of course this will come to pass and both Solomon’s temple and that of Jesus’ day were destroyed, never to be rebuilt.

This section ends with an account of foreign affairs events during Solomon’s reign. The Pharaoh of Egypt destroyed Gezer and gave it to Solomon’s wife as a wedding present. Solomon offered Hiram of Tyre ten cities in Galilee but he was not pleased with them, calling them “good-for-nothing.” The fact that Solomon is giving away land in exchange for wood and gold is not commented upon, although he seems to have been protecting his interests by giving away poor land.

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