Today’s reading is: 1 Chr. 29:23-25; 2 Chr. 1; 1 Kgs. 2:13-3:15; Ps. 83
1st Chronicles Twenty-Nine
(Outline provided on TTB Day 129)
2nd Chronicles One
- Solomon began his reign with an act of worship at the Tabernacle (2nd Chr. 1:1-6).
- God approached Solomon, and instructed him to request whatever his heart desired (2nd Chr. 1:7 cf. 1st Kgs. 3:5).
- Solomon’s answer is one of the Bible’s clearest expressions of humility and trust in the LORD (2nd Chr. 1:8-13 cf. 1st Kgs. 3:6-14).
- The chapter closes with the temporal-life blessings that Solomon’s spiritual-life wisdom produced (2nd Chr. 1:14-17).
1st Kings Two
(Outline continues from TTB Day 130)
- Very soon after Solomon’s succession, Adonijah requested to marry Abishag (1st Kgs. 2:13-18). Solomon recognized this as a play for the throne, and executed Adonijah accordingly (1st Kgs. 2:19-25).
- Solomon also took care of the other “loose ends” from David’s reign.
- Solomon exiled Abiathar the priest for the rest of his life (1st Kgs. 2:26-27).
- Solomon ordered the death of Joab (1st Kgs. 2:28-34).
- Solomon designated Zadok and Benaiah as the replacements for Abiathar and Joab (1st Kgs. 2:35).
- Solomon placed Shimei under house arrest until such time as Shimei violated the terms of the covenant (1st Kgs. 2:36-46).
1st Kings Three
- Solomon’s first recorded marriage is a political alliance with Pharaoh, king of Egypt (1st Kgs. 3:1).
- Pharaoh’s daughter will stay in Jerusalem until Solomon’s palace, and Solomon’s temple are completed.
- Solomon will later build a house for Bath-Pharaoh to live in (1st Kgs. 7:8; 9:24; 2nd Chr. 8:11).
- Prior to the construction of Solomon’s temple, Israel had offered sacrifices on the pagan high places (1st Kgs. 3:2).
- These high places were supposed to be destroyed (Deut. 12:2ff.).
- Solomon participated in such worship practices as well as his participation in the correct worship of Yahweh (1st Kgs. 3:3-4).
- Solomon offered the greatest sacrifice on the greatest high place, and achieved the greatest victory through grace when the Lord tested him there (1st Kgs. 3:5-14).
- Solomon’s request was for a “hearing heart.” He desired to hear God’s will in his heart, and therefore render Divine judgment in judicial decisions (1st Kgs. 3:9,11).
- God blessed Solomon and answered the prayer beyond all that Solomon could ask or think (1st Kgs. 3:10-14; Eph. 3:20).
(Chapter Three outline continues tomorrow)
- Psalm 83 is the final psalm of Asaph (Ps. 50,73-83) which centers on the danger of approaching enemies.
- The prophet Asaph is able to identify the obvious agents of aggression (sons of Lot) and the behind-the-scenes conspirators who support them (Ps. 83:1-8).
- The prophet Asaph recalls the LORD’s faithfulness in the past (Jdg. 4-5,7-8) and knows that the LORD will deliver Judah in the present conflict (Ps. 83:9-18).