Read: 1 Kings 9:1-10:29;
It took Solomon 20 years to build the temple and the palace and when he was finished, God appeared to him again. God told him that he had heard his prayer about this temple to put his name there forever. If he continued to walk before God in integrity of heart and doing God’s commands, then God promised to establish this place forever and always have a descendent of David on the throne. But, if they disobeyed, then he would cut Israel out of the land and cast them out of his sight. This happened in 70 A.D.
We have an account of all Solomon’s forced labor and we see that none of the slaves came from the Israelites, but they were all from the conquest of their enemies. We are never to be slaves of sin; demons are to be our slaves. We are to be in control of our habits, sins, addictions, etc; they are suppose to be under our feet. We can defeat them.
When the queen of Sheba came to visit Solomon, his pride got the best of him and he showed her everything he had. That was a mistake. We are to guard the things God has given us and not throw them out to everyone. We are to hold them near and covet God’s gifts. He will show us who to share them with.
Interesting that we are reading about the eunuch from Ethiopia today. I have heard someone preach that this man was the offspring of the union of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. If that is so, then it is pretty amazing that he would come back and get the secret to the real treasure of God’s temple. God’s Word is full of secret treasures and mysteries left to be revealed and they can be ours for the asking. Solomon held nothing back from the Queen of Sheba and God will hold nothing back from us if we would take the time to spend with him and in his Word.
Lord, show us the secrets of the kingdom and share your mysteries with us.