The Reign of Solomon

Today's Bible reading: 1 Kings 8:1-13

Solomon's reign saw Israel at its peak in terms of political and military strength.  The riches of the king became as famous as his proverbial wisdom, a sign of God's blessing.  In centuries to come, Solomon's temple also stood as a splendid reminder of the glories of his reign.

But within this reign we're hidden also the seeds of Israel's decline.  The king's many political alliances, involving marriages with foreign princesses, brought many pagan gods into the palace itself.  Forced labor required by Solomon's great building programs sowed the seeds of rebellion, which finally brought about the break between Judah in the south and Israel in the north.  With Israel's decline, there was increased hope for the one who would come to restore the kingdom of David.  The Messianic hope never died out.

Prayer: Lord, I thank You for having shown Your glory, , not only by your presence in the temple in Jerusalem, but also especially in the person of your Son, the Savior.  Amen.

SEE YOU IN WORSHIP TOMORROW - GOD BLESS YOUR DAY!