Sunday, October 7, 2012

1 Kings 9-10 Solomon's Fame & Fortune Increases


1 Kings 9:3-5 "I have heard the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.  "As for you, if you walk before me in integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, 'You shall never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.'
1 Kings 10:1-5 When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relation to the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions. Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravan — with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones — she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind. Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her. 4 When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed.
1 Kings 10:23-25 King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart. Year after year, everyone who came brought a gift — articles of silver and gold, robes, weapons and spices, and horses and mules.

God's grace is demonstrated in his answer to Solomon's prayer: "I have heard the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there" (1 Kings 9:3). Yet God's grace can only be accessed through faith (Eph. 2:8), and faith is demonstrated by our obedience to His commands. So God's promise to Solomon to "establish your royal throne over Israel forever" was conditional on the "if you walk before me in integrity of heart and uprightness". For it is by grace we have been saved "through faith" and "as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead" (James 2:26).


So Solomon's fame & fortune grew as he kept the commands of God given through his father David. The Queen of Sheba even noted this characteristics of his rule in 1 Kings 10:9, "Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord's eternal love for Israel, he has made you king, to maintain justice and righteousness."  There is no short-cut to success-- faith is not just a mouth confession but a lifestyle. May God's grace be manifested through our obedience to His promises.

Father, help us to walk in the integrity and uprightness of our hearts according to Your Word. Amen.

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