"And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon."
(1 Kings 1:34 KJV)
And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David, his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places."
(1 Kings 3:3 KJV)
Solomon grew up in the dysfunctional family of King David. David loved all of his 20 sons but Solomon may have been the only one to establish a personal relationship with Our Awesome God. Although Solomon was not his oldest living son, David decreed him to be the heir to the throne and he was anointed to be king at about age 12. When David died, he immediately assumed the throne and harshly but fairly put down all opposition and took the daughter of Pharaoh in Egypt as his first wife.
Shortly after Solomon became king, God gave him his choice of blessings. Solomon asked for wisdom in judging the people. This unselfish choice pleased God and He also gave him great wealth and prosperity. God also promised him a long life if he kept his faith and obedience to the word of God. (1 Kings 3:5-14) God is Awesome and according to His promise, Solomon quickly became famous for his wisdom in ruling the nation. (1 Kings 3:28)
In his fourth year as king, Solomon began his building projects with the Temple of God as directed by God through his father, David. (1 Chronicles 22:7-10) The projects also included a palace for himself and a house for his wife, the daughter of Pharaoh, but the Temple was completed first, after 7 years.
The Temple being finished, Solomon had the Ark of the Covenant brought in, held a 7 day dedication feast and opened the Temple for worship and sacrifice, according to the Law of Moses. (1 Kings 8) Having completed his commitment to God, King Solomon expanded his own building program. He built houses and fortified cities. He built ships and expanded the army, equipping them with horses and chariots (1 Kings 9:17-28, 10:21-29) and he amassed great wealth.
With each successful and profitable endeavor, Solomon began to drift away from God. He bolstered his national security with treaties and alliances with the kings of surrounding nations, marrying their daughters and bringing them into Jerusalem. Then he started to please his foreign wives by building statues, groves, etc. to their gods. Sometimes he would join them at worship of their idols. (1 Kings 11) Solomon was in willful violation of God's direct instructions and Our Awesome God was angry; so He withdrew His conditional promise of a long life and Solomon died at about 53 years old.
We should remember that, as Solomon, a very wise and highly blessed man, found out, we can easily forget to stay close to Our Awesome God. It is easy to move away from talking and listening to Him because of the temptations of our sinful world. Attend regular Bible studies at our church or another Bible preaching and teaching church near you who believes Jesus died, taking all your sins upon himself, and arose the third day to sit at the right hand of God.
Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Praise & Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and BIble Study along with a separate Women's Bible Study, a Spanish Bible Study and Youth Chapel until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill