Notes: November 3, 2008 – 1 Kings 9:10 through 10:29

1 Kings 9

  • Land deal or Land swindle? (1 Kings 9:11-14; 2 Chronicles 8:2) Whatever the reason for the gift, and whatever the reason for the rejection, we can be sure that later Solomon opened the cities to Jewish settlement.
  • Wedding gift or Birthday gift? (1 Kings 9:15-17, 24; 2 Chronicles 8:11) Whatever the reason for the gift, and whatever the reason for the marriage, we can be sure that Solomon knew that his marriage to an unbeliever required adjustments.

 

1 Kings 10

  • Fame and Faith. Notoriety comes for many reasons; but few are known worldwide for their relationship to God (1 Kings 10:1).
  • “An obscene display of wealth.” That’s how someone once described a neighbor’s house. I wonder whether he would have said the same thing if the house had been his. This chapter gives us a glimpse into the life of one of the “rich and famous.”
  • One greater than Solomon. No study of this chapter would not be complete without reference to Mt 12:42.  “The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.”

 

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