TOPIC: Not Everything is Beneficial
Opening Prayer: I open my heart to meditate on your word, teach me your ways oh Lord.
Scripture: 1 Kings 7:1 ─ 12
• Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
Solomon ensured that he finished with the Temple of the Lord before focusing on his palace. He was not in haste for his own palace, but rather impatient till the Temple was finished and fit for use. We ought to prefer God’s honour before our own ease and gratification. He took thirteen years to build his palace. That he used great and costly stones and cedars for his large palace was in no doubt. It was as beautiful and magnificent as the Temple.
The complex structure had three parts, namely, a) the king’s home b) the courtyard in the middle, and c) the house of the women on the other side. Solomon had other buildings, not only in Jerusalem, but in Lebanon (see 1 Kings 9:19). We read of the Tower of Lebanon, which looks towards Damascus (Song of Songs 7:4), which probably was part of the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. An account is given of this house, that was built in Lebanon, a place famed for cedars, the pillars, and beams, and roof, were all cedar (1 Kings 7:2,3), and designed to project the wealth of the kingdom. For instance, there were three tiers of windows on each side, light against light (1 Kings 7:4,5). A real beauty to behold.
⁂ Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• And so: What special features and objects adorn your home now? Any reasons for these objects?
Read the Bible in one Year
Psalms 74–76; Acts 27:1–26
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