Solomon’s Success and the Temple (1 Kings 4:20 – 5:18; 2 Chronicles 2:1 – 18, 3:1 – 2)

Solomon’s success was powerful and far-reaching, with Israel and Judah stretching from the Euphrates River in the Northeast to Egypt’s border in the Southwest.  Nations brought Solomon tribute and they served him, and he had peace on every side.  He had thousands of horses and chariots and horsemen.  God gave Solomon wisdom that excelled that of every leader of the East.  He spoke thousands of proverbs, wrote over a thousand songs, and spoke about animals galore.

Solomon turned his attention to building the temple of God in chapter 5.  Solomon reconnected with Hiram king of Tyre and asked for cedars to be sent from Lebanon for the construction of the temple.  Hiram rejoiced that the dream of David was being fulfilled and that Solomon was wise enough to build the temple.  They struck the deal and the wood for construction was supplied.  Then Solomon raised up a labor force from Israel to carry burdens, quarry stone, and supervise the work. The stone was quarried, costly stones, to lay the foundation of the temple.  The beginning of the temple was under way.

A truly important lesson here is that no project, whether big or small, whether for God or for a secular purpose, should ever be conducted without a plan and without a team in place to bring about the completion of the project.  Financial planning, architectural planning, team-building, supervision, and leadership must be considered before any large project.  Without them, there is a sure opportunity for disaster.  God did not allow David to build the temple because he was constantly at war.  War would have derailed the building of a temple, the leader of the project would have been distracted, and his mind would be on defense rather than progress.  Solomon had peace on every side, and was the man for the job.  His success was a testament to timing, planning, and wisdom.


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