Archive for January 1st, 2013

1 Kings 7

1 Kings 7 begins by letting us know that Solomon spent 13 years building his own house.  He rushed the House of God construction but seems to take his time getting his own place constructed.  We learn that not only was there his place of residence, but a number of special projects that were done as well:

(1) The house of the forest of Lebanon (1 Kings 7:2-5)

(2) The pillar hall and porch (1 Kings 7:6)

(3) The throne room and judgment hall (1 Kings 7:7)

(4) Solomon’s own dwelling

(5) The house for Pharaoh’s daughter (1 Kings 7:8)

Solomon had his 150,000 slaves busy for a very long time with all these building projects.  There was a lot going on, and it things were not being built with the cheap materials either.

One area that is called out is “Solomon also made a house like this hall for Pharaoh’s daughter whom he had taken in marriage”.  There is some disagreement as to why Solomon treated her differently than the others among his 700 wives.  But she obviously either had her own house or a particular section of his house dedicated to her.  That likely wouldn’t set well with the rest of the wives.  Can you imagine trying to keep that many women happy?  Hard to believe he was the wisest man to ever live.

Solomon does teach us a leadership principle during this building project.  He goes out and finds the best people he can to get the job done.  “And King Solomon sent and brought Hiram from Tyre….And he was full of wisdom, understanding, and skill for making any work in bronze”.  Solomon needed a very skilled person to do the finish work inside his place, and he goes and brings Hiram in.  He wasn’t local.  He lived in another kingdom.  But Solomon identified the need and went and found the right person to do the job.  Far too often we settle with less than the best rather than do the work necessary to find and acquire the right resources.  “Hiram finished all the work”.  Scripture lets us know that Solomon selected wisely as Hiram did what he was brought in to do.  That is the power of having the right people with the right skill and providing them with the needed raw materials to succeed.

And the chapter ends with this: “Thus all the work that King Solomon did on the house of the Lord was finished”.  That which he set out to do was done.  He managed to get his building project completed according to plan.  And rather than distance himself from the past, “Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, the silver, the gold, and the vessels, and stored them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord”.  He included the things that David had accumulated.  So often we tend to push aside what has happened before us thinking than only the things we have done matter.  But there is much wisdom in clinging to the past and the lessons and journey that has preceded us.  It has a rich heritage that we should examine and include in our journey!

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