Read II Chronicles 1 -- 3
Solomon's sacrifices; his dream; his accumulation of chariots and horsemen; Solomon builds the
King Solomon began his reign in submission to the LORD his God (II Chronicles 1:1). So Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to . . the Tabernacle of the congregation of God, which Moses . . . had made in the wilderness. . . . And Solomon . . . offered a thousand burned offerings. . . . In that night did God appear to Solomon, and said to him, Ask what I shall give you (1:3-7). In I Kings we have more complete details of this event. In
Following the sacrifices at
It is pathetic to realize that Solomon never repented of these sins. Consequently, his powerful and famous kingdom was eventually destroyed. It makes little difference whether or not we become famous, powerful, or wealthy. But, it is most important for us to recognize that, since God is our Creator, He has first claim on our lives and on all our abilities for His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that has called us to glory and virtue (II Peter 1:3).
By the thousand burned offerings of Solomon (II Chronicles 1:6). We can be thankful that the one perfect offering of Christ on the cross did away with the need for many and continual individual sin offerings. He died to sin once (Romans 6:10; Hebrews 10:10-12,14).
2:2 told out = assigned; hew = cut; 2:7 cunning = skillful; can skill to grave = has skill to engrave; 2:14 find out every device = skillful to execute any design; 2:16 floats = rafts; 3:5 cieled = paneled; 3:10 of image work = fashioned by carving; 3:16 oracle = inner sanctuary (Holy of Holies).
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Memory Verse for the Week: II Timothy 3:17