PROSPERITY 

Solomon built on the foundation that his father David had provided.  David had provided well for his son’s reign.  There were men and materials for every need of the kingdom.  My own father passed away recently, and he too provided well for us.  Now I cannot come to him for help, but he provided material and skills for life.  I have hope from his example and still more from a heavenly father who has provided for my eternal life.  But I will face my mistakes alone except for the grace of God.  Solomon will also make mistakes, and find that grace in time.

And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had built the house of the LORD, and his own house,  That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the children of Israel to dwell there.  And Solomon went to Hamathzobah, and prevailed against it.  And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the store cities, which he built in Hamath.  Also he built Bethhoron the upper, and Bethhoron the nether, fenced cities, with walls, gates, and bars;  And Baalath, and all the store cities that Solomon had, and all the chariot cities, and the cities of the horsemen, and all that Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and throughout all the land of his dominion.  2 Chronicles 8:1-6

Solomon enjoys prosperity and an alliance with the king to his north.  He is on top of the situation, and on the high ground with the defense of Israel.  There were no enemies firing rockets into his kingdom.

As for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which were not of Israel,  But of their children, who were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel consumed not, them did Solomon make to pay tribute until this day.  But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no servants for his work; but they were men of war, and chief of his captains, and captains of his chariots and horsemen.  And these were the chief of king Solomon’s officers, even two hundred and fifty, that bare rule over the people.  2 Chronicles 8:7-10

Foreigners were taxed if they lived within the borders of Israel.  But the Jews were not given to slavery or menial assignments.  They were men of war, in positions of honor.  They had assignments high up in life, which is sometimes a place one can fall from.  Youth and energy may eventually become weary and risk a misstep on the slippery slopes of life.

 

And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her: for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the LORD hath come.  Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he had built before the porch,  Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles.  And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required: the porters also by their courses at every gate: for so had David the man of God commanded.  And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto the priests and Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the treasures. 2 Chronicles 8:11-15

Solomon has the house of Israel operating in the sacrifices ordained under Moses.  Everything is working well for him now.  One small slippery spot looms in his path though.  He has married a queen of Egypt, a foreigner.  He will marry others in the future.  These relationships will become like loose rocks on a steep incline. 

These photos show young climbers in a similar situation.  If they chose their steps carefully they will come down with care after their high view experience.  They may chose the rocks that do not roll and enjoy a safe descent.  We do often see rescue teams evacuating injured hikers or climbers in our mountains. 

Solomon will slide back a bit, but we will see him catch the hope of life before he reaches the edge of decision.  It will fulfill his destiny to complete wisdom.

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