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  • 2017-05-27   [열왕기상(1 Kings) 9:10 - 9:28]


    Even if all things go well, if they are not as God wants they are actually not going well. They could well be dangerous, in that they could distance us from God.

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  • 10 At the end of twenty years, in which Solomon had built the two houses, the house of the LORD and the king's house,
    11 and Hiram king of Tyre had supplied Solomon with cedar and cypress timber and gold, as much as he desired, King Solomon gave to Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee.
    12 But when Hiram came from Tyre to see the cities that Solomon had given him, they did not please him.
    13 Therefore he said, "What kind of cities are these that you have given me, my brother?" So they are called the land of Cabul to this day.
    14 Hiram had sent to the king 120 talents of gold.
    15 And this is the account of the forced labor that King Solomon drafted to build the house of the LORD and his own house and the Millo and the wall of Jerusalem and Hazor and Megiddo and Gezer
    16 (Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up and captured Gezer and burned it with fire, and had killed the Canaanites who lived in the city, and had given it as dowry to his daughter, Solomon's wife;
    17 so Solomon rebuilt Gezer) and Lower Beth-horon
    18 and Baalath and Tamar in the wilderness, in the land of Judah,
    19 and all the store cities that Solomon had, and the cities for his chariots, and the cities for his horsemen, and whatever Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion.
    20 All the people who were left of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, who were not of the people of Israel--
    21 their descendants who were left after them in the land, whom the people of Israel were unable to devote to destruction--these Solomon drafted to be slaves, and so they are to this day.
    22 But of the people of Israel Solomon made no slaves. They were the soldiers, they were his officials, his commanders, his captains, his chariot commanders and his horsemen.
    23 These were the chief officers who were over Solomon's work: 550 who had charge of the people who carried on the work.
    24 But Pharaoh's daughter went up from the city of David to her own house that Solomon had built for her. Then he built the Millo.
    25 Three times a year Solomon used to offer up burnt offerings and peace offerings on the altar that he built to the LORD, making offerings with it before the LORD. So he finished the house.
    26 King Solomon built a fleet of ships at Ezion-geber, which is near Eloth on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom.
    27 And Hiram sent with the fleet his servants, seamen who were familiar with the sea, together with the servants of Solomon.
    28 And they went to Ophir and brought from there gold, 420 talents, and they brought it to King Solomon.
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Thinking & Understanding
Solomon gave Hiram, who had provided timber and gold to build the palace, twenty cities in Galilee. But those cities were worthless (vv. 10-14). Meanwhile, Solomon built many things other than the temple and the palace. The Israelites were forced to work on these projects, even if they were not slaves (12:4). The people who had enjoyed rest and abundance now could not rest. This unfair trade and forced labour showed that Solomon’s heart was slowly moving away from God, and revealed a dark side to his success (vv. 15-28).

Who is God?
Vv. 24-25 God is not pleased with our worship if our lives aren’t committed to it. Solomon may have given offerings three times a year, but his married life with Pharaoh’s daughter seemed at odds with the life God had decreed for him. Do we justify ourselves by saying that we worship, but live as we please?

What lesson is God teaching me?
Vv. 10-28 Although beneficial to the kingdom, unfair trade, forced labour to build a military base, building a palace for Pharaoh’s daughter, and building a ship to bring in gold from afar, were all dangerous activities that represented Solomon’s personal quest for glory. We must be cautious even more when we are successful. We must guard our humility and keep our eyes on God.

Prayer
Give us the pure wisdom Heaven, God, and help us to do your work wisely.