Thoughts and Reflection
In today’s reading, we learn how God responds to Solomon’s prayer of dedication to the Temple. God demonstrates the power of his presence by sending fire down from heaven. The Temple is essential because the presence of the Lord will be there and it is where the people will worship. We must worship God in the manner he wants us to worship him. The Lord tells Solomon that he will be with him, as he was with David if he follows him. If he should serve other gods, he will be plucked from the land.
Solomon does not follow the Lord’s wish. He takes foreign women as his wives and instead of bringing them into the covenant, he allows them to continue to worship their false gods. This opens Solomon up to idolatry. God desires obedience. Even though he is the wisest man in Israel, he is unwilling to be obedient to the Lord. There is only one way to love God – obey and love our neighbor.
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1 Kings 5
2 The daily provisions for Solomon were: thirty measures of fine flour and sixty measures of meal,
5 Judah and Israel lived in security, everyone under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan to Beersheba, throughout the lifetime of Solomon.
7 These administrators provided the food for Solomon and for all those who were admitted by him to the royal table, each for the period of a month; they ensured that nothing was wanting.
15 Hiram king of Tyre sent an embassy to Solomon, having learnt that he had been anointed king in succession to his father and because Hiram had always been a friend of David.
16 And Solomon sent this message to Hiram,
17 ‘You are aware that my father David was unable to build a temple for the name of Yahweh his God, on account of the wars waged on him from every side, until Yahweh put his enemies under the soles of his feet.
19 I propose, then, to build a temple for the name of Yahweh my God, in accordance with what Yahweh told my father David, “Your son whom I shall place on your throne to succeed you will be the man to build a temple for my name.”
20 So now have cedars of Lebanon cut down for me; my servants will work with your servants, and I shall pay for the hire of your servants at whatever rate you fix. As you know, we have no one as skilled in felling trees as the Sidonians.’
21 When Hiram heard what Solomon had said, he was delighted. ‘Now blessed be Yahweh,’ he said, ‘who has given David a wise son to rule over this great people!’
22 And Hiram sent word to Solomon, ‘I have received your message. For my part, I shall supply you with all you require in the way of cedar wood and juniper.
23 Your servants will bring these down from Lebanon to the sea, and I shall have them towed by sea to any place you name; I shall discharge them there, and you will take them over. For your part, you will see to the provisioning of my household as I desire.’
27 King Solomon raised a levy throughout Israel for forced labour: the levy numbered thirty thousand men.
31 At the king’s orders they quarried huge stones, special stones for the laying of the temple foundations, dressed stones.
2 Chronicles 7
3 When all the Israelites saw the fire come down and the glory of Yahweh resting on the Temple, they bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the earth, worshipping and praising Yahweh with ‘For he is good, for his faithful love lasts for ever!’
6 The priests stood in their places, as did the Levites with Yahweh’s musical instruments which King David had provided, to render ‘Give thanks to Yahweh, for his faithful love lasts for ever!’ whenever David offered praise to their accompaniment. Opposite them, the priests blew trumpets, while all Israel stood.
7 Solomon also consecrated the middle part of the court in front of the Temple of Yahweh; for that was where he presented the burnt offerings and the fatty parts of the communion sacrifices, since the bronze altar which Solomon had made could not hold the burnt offering, the oblation and the fatty parts.
9 On the eighth day they held the assembly, for they had devoted seven days to the dedication of the altar and seven days to the feast.
10 On the twenty-third day of the seventh month Solomon dismissed the people to their homes, rejoicing and happy of heart over the goodness which Yahweh had shown to David, to Solomon and to his people Israel.
15 Now and for the future my eyes are open and my ears attentive to prayer offered in this place,
16 for now I have chosen and consecrated this Temple, for my name to be there for ever; my eyes and my heart will constantly be there.
20 then I shall uproot them from the country which I have given them, and shall disown this Temple which I have consecrated for my name and make it a proverb and a byword among all the peoples.
22 And the answer will be, “Because they deserted Yahweh, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and adopted other gods and worshipped and served them; that is why he has brought all these disasters on them.” ‘
2 Chronicles 8
4 He also fortified Tadmor in the desert and all the storage towns which he had built in Hamath.
6 also Baalath and all Solomon’s storage towns, all the towns for his chariots and horses, and everything which Solomon was pleased to build in Jerusalem, in the Lebanon and throughout the territory under his rule.
9 Solomon did not, however, impose forced labour on the Israelites for his work — for they were soldiers, his senior officers and his chariot and cavalry commanders.
11 Solomon moved Pharaoh’s daughter up from the City of David to the palace which he had built for her. ‘I must not be responsible’, he said, ‘for a woman living in the palace of David king of Israel, for these buildings to which the ark of Yahweh has come are sacred.’
13 in accordance with the regular prescriptions for burnt sacrifice as commanded by Moses, on the Sabbaths, New Moons and the three annual feasts; the feast of Unleavened Bread, the feast of Weeks and the feast of Shelters.
14 Following the prescriptions of his father David, he assigned the orders of priests to their duties and the Levites to their tasks of praise and of assisting the priests in accordance with day-to-day requirements; as also the gatekeepers in their various orders to each gate- for cush was the command of David, man of God.
15 Nor was there deviation on any point from the king’s command as regards the priests, the Levites or even the storehouses.
18 Huram sent him ships through his agents, as well as experienced sailors, who went to Ophir with men in Solomon’s service, where they took on four hundred and fifty talents of gold, which they brought back to King Solomon.
1 [For the choirmaster Song Psalm] Acclaim God, all the earth,
5 Come and see the marvels of God, his awesome deeds for the children of Adam:
9 he brings us to life and keeps our feet from stumbling.
13 I bring burnt offerings to your house, I fulfil to you my vows,
14 the vows that rose to my lips, that I pronounced when I was in trouble.
18 Had I been aware of guilt in my heart, the Lord would not have listened,
19 but in fact God did listen, attentive to the sound of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God who has not turned away my prayer, nor his own faithful love from me.