Epistles of Thomas

October 7, 2009

2 Chronicles 7-9

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 21:56
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Chapter 7 records again the magnificent of the temple dedication and that 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep and goats were sacrificed. The celebration lasted for two weeks! After the party ended God came to Solomon and affirmed his promises but warned that if the people turn away from him and “forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name” (7:19-20).

The next chapter recounts many of Solomon’s deeds and gives us the Chronicler’s only glimpse of the problems associated with Solomon’s many wives, although the Chronicler paints him in a good light: “Solomon brought Pharaoh’s daughter up from the City of David to the palace he had built for her, for he said, ‘My wife must not live in the palace of David king of Israel, because the places the ark of the LORD has entered are holy’” (8:11). Even more so than with King David the picture painted by the Chronicler of Solomon’s reign is a perfect one. The idolatry and sin that his many wives caused in Israel are nowhere mentioned here. Chapter 9 focuses on his glory and is welled summer up by the statement: “King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth” (9:22).

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