Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Solomon's Kingship I Kings 4

I Kings 4:29 "And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. v31 For he was wiser than all men..."

Chapter 4 is a description of how Solomon's government is setup. He did not try to look at every detail but delegated tasks to individuals. The following is a sort of summary of his kingship:

-princes: Azariah, Elihoreph and Ahiah
-scribe: Jehosphaphat
-over the host: Benaiah
-priests: Zadok and Abiathar
-over the officers: Azariah
-principal officer: Zabud
-over the household: Ahishar
-tribute: Adoniram

Beside these there were twelve (12) officers over all Israel.

v7 "And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, which provided victuals for the king and his household, each man his month in a year made provision."

So there was an area of responsibility for all of Israel with those in charge reporting to Solomon. One note in verse 5 concerning Zabud who was principal officer it also says that he was the king's friend.

The scope of his kingdom was wide and he had influence with nation's around him and had peace.

v24 "For he had dominion over all the region on this side the river from Tiphsah even to Azzah, over all the kings on this side the river; and he had peace on all sides round about him. v25 And Judah and Israel dwelt safely..."

v32 "And he spake three thousand proverbs and his songs were a thousand and five. v34 And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon..."

So with his throne established and peace all around Solomon is able to began building the house of the LORD. His father David was a warrior and paved the way. David also saved up some treasures. But it is Solomon who has the peace and resources to start and finish the project.

Psalm 122:1 "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD."

Keywords: Old Old Story, Old Testament, Bible Study, Solomon, Temple, Jerusalem. There is peace in Israel and Judah and Solomon is ready to start work on the temple.

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