September 12, Reading 1 – 1 Kings 4, 5


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SAA Notes

Solomon had the help of very able men in the ordering of the kingdom. His first great task was the building of the Temple. This is a theme that the New Testament highlights – the building of the true Temple to the Lord, the building not made with hands, but with living stones – we who believe and follow.

SJA Notes

* Dear Lord God, we would sing to You a new song, a call on all the earth to sing to You! To bless Your Name, to tell of Your salvation from day to day.

“Judah and Israel were as many as the sand by the sea. They ate and drank and were happy.”

As David was like Jesus the conquering king, Solomon is like Jesus the king of peace and prosperity.

We today await the new heavens and the new earth, the holy city, God dwelling with us as our God, we as His people – Together in unity.

But at this time in Israel’s history they had earthly peace and prosperity such as never before, and not ever since.

We know Solomon did stray from God, but in this passage he points us to Jesus. He ruled with God’s justice, and he presided over God’s people at a time when there was peace from all enemies, and great temporal wealth in abundance.

We can be encouraged for us today, that in Jesus – A far greater king that Solomon – we have Him in the _now_, and we have the promise of the _not yet_.

When we invest in Jesus, we put our treasure in heavenly things, in moneybags that do not grow old (and are not temporal, but eternal).

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:34

As we read about Solomon and the peace and wealth Israel experienced during his reign, we can wrestle with the deeper and fuller realities we see and experience ourselves through a life with Jesus as our King.

He has our hearts, He is our treasure!

* Gracious King, Lord in Heaven,

Please help us to invest in the right things, the things of heaven.

Thank You Lord God for Your love for us.

Please help us to love You better today, and to show that love to those around us.


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