Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Day 151-11

IX - The Reign of Solomon - 985-945 B.C. ~ cont.
C. Solomon's fame and downfall (17 years) ~ cont.
6. The unhappy condition of a backslider ~ cont.
c. A review of all things under the sun
(1) Oppressions and inequities of life - Ecclesiastes 4:1-16
(2) Riches and poverty - Ecclesiastes 5:1-20
(3) Man's inevitable end - Ecclesiastes 6:1-12
(4) Incurable evil of man - Ecclesiastes 7:1-29
(5) Mystery of divine providence - Ecclesiastes 8:1-17

Thinking of himself?

Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.  (Ecclesiastes 4:13)

It just dawned on me...no prophet came to admonish Solomon.  He multiplied wives, horses and chariots contrary to the Word.  His heart was turned away by his heathen wives, yet no prophet or seer came and spoke to him.  At least none that were recorded.  Why not?

House of mourning?
Ecc 7:4  The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. 

Current music?
Ecc 7:5  It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Current state?
Ecc 8:11  Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. 

Lord, help us Your people to be wise in all our dealings, to be open and receptive to rebuke however You choose it to be given, to execute Your judgment in matters of justice.  Lord, cause us to yearn to know You deeply and intimately.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Day 150-11

IX - The Reign of Solomon - 985-945 B.C. ~ cont.
C. Solomon's fame and downfall (17 years) ~ cont.
5. Solomon's backsliding ~ cont.
b. Adversaries come
(1) Hadad - 1 Kings 11:14
(2) Rezon - 1 Kings 11:23-25
(3) Jeroboam - 1 Kings 11:26-40
c. Birth of Jeoiada (2 Chronicles 24:15)
6. The unhappy condition of a backslider
a. Introduction - Ecclesiastes 1:1-3
b. Proof that all is vanity
(1) All is temporal - Ecclesiastes 1:4-11
(2) Wisdom also is vain - Ecclesiastes 1:12-18
(3) Emptiness in pleasure - Ecclesiastes 2:1-3
(4) Vanity of riches and works - Ecclesiastes 2:4-11
(5) End of wisdom and folly - Ecclesiastes 2:12-26
(6) Weariness of life - Ecclesiastes 3:1-22; Psalm 49:1-20

Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.  (1 Kings 11:33)

My thoughts on that verse, were not so much about who they were worshipping, but that they were worshipping anyone other than the one True God.  My heart is burdened for the Bride, but also the nation to which Father has providentially placed me.

America has lost her beginning, founded upon serving and having one king, King Jesus, and has deteriorated into the same place as Israel.  As have many nations before and after Israel.  Father judges nations on earth, and America has snubbed her nose at God for far too long.  Beloved, should Father lay it upon your heart, please pray that HE will open blind eyes and deaf ears to see and hear the truth of our rebellion.  To raise up those who will proclaim the need to repent.

O Father, You and You alone are worthy, holy, just and merciful.  Only You Father can bring a spirit of repentance upon this wicked, vile, adulterous nation.  Father, we deserve nothing less than total annihilation.  We have no right to even ask for You to extend anything but cleansing judgment upon this land.

We are a wicked and vile people, our hearts are far from you.  We call evil good and good evil.  Lord, Your mercy is new every day, You extend goodness to those who do not appreciate, or even acknowledge it.  Father, in Your holiness, Your just and merciful self, please open the eyes of the people of this nation to see our wickedness.  To see the wretched state that we have allowed ourselves to sink.  Lord, open blind eyes and deaf ears to hear the effectual call, to turn from our own ways and to seek after You.

O Lord, raise up people to pray and interceded for this nation.  To stand up boldly and call for a change that only You can bring about.  Lord, cause us to see how vile and wicked we have become.  Lord, send a refreshing wind of recognition of our wickedness and a cleansing rain of Your empowering us to turn from the evil we have perpetuated against You and Your holiness.

Lord, increase the laborers into the harvest, awaken those who sleep, fill Your saints full with Your spirit.  Amen!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Day 149-11

IX - The Reign of Solomon - 985-945 B.C. ~ cont.
C. Solomon's fame and downfall (17 years) ~ cont.
4. Proverbs ~ cont.
d. Second selection of Solomon's proverbs added later ~ cont.
(3) Other maxims - Proverbs 27:1-27; 28:1-28; 29:1-26
e. Agur speaks of nature - Proverbs 30:1-32
5. Solomon's backsliding
a. Heart turned away by heathen wives - 1 Kings 11:1-13

A few verses which either soothe my soul, rebuke and/or encourage me.  :-D

Pro 27:11  My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me. 

Pro 27:12  A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished. 

Pro 28:9  He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. 

Pro 28:19  He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough. 

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.  (Proverbs 30:5-6)

Ouch...a reminder that I should take care what I speak for or about God.  O Lord, help me to be a better representative (ambassador) of You.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Day 148-11

IX - The Reign of Solomon - 985-945 B.C. ~ cont.
C. Solomon's fame and downfall (17 years) ~ cont.
4. Proverbs ~ cont.
c. Sayings of wise men - Proverbs 22:17-28; 23:1-35; 24:1-34
d. Second selection of Solomon's proverbs added later
(1) Wise conduct - Proverbs 25:1-28
(2) Other sins - Proverbs 26:1-28

It just dawned on me that I have forgotten to post the ending page numbers on previous posts...I think I will give up the page numbering information.  :-D

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.  (Proverbs 25:2)

Which made me think of the verse that says we are kings.

And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  (Revelation 1:6)

I enjoy that Father gives us the desire to seek and know Him more intimately.  A never ending quest to discover the unlimited characteristics and attributes of the Sovereign.  He is a good and gracious Father.

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. (Psalm 34:8)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Day 147-11

IX - The Reign of Solomon - 985-945 B.C. ~ cont.
C. Solomon's fame and downfall (17 years) ~ cont.
4. Proverbs ~ cont.
b. Other Proverbs of Solomon ~ cont.
(6) Personal conduct - Proverbs 19:1-29; 20:1-30; 21:1-31; 22:1-16
{pages 647 -

House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.  (Proverbs 19:14)

prudent - H7919 - A primitive root; to be (causeatively make or act) circumspect and hence intelligent.

Used  63 times, first usage:

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.   (Genesis 3:6)

Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do.   (Deuteronomy 29:9)

And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites that taught the good knowledge of the LORD: and they did eat throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings, and making confession to the LORD God of their fathers.  (2 Chronicles 30:22)

Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst.  (Nehemiah 9:20)

Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways: (Job 34:27)

The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.   (Psalm 14:2)

And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.  (Jeremiah 3:15)

As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.  (Daniel 1:17)

Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.  (Amos 5:13)

Lord, only You can give understanding and a prudent heart to Your people.  Help us to desire to be filled with Your understanding.  Guide and direct us to walk in Your ways, to be skillful in the areas to which You have assigned us.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Day 146-11

IX - The Reign of Solomon - 985-945 B.C. ~ cont.
C. Solomon's fame and downfall (17 years) ~ cont.
4. Proverbs ~ cont.
b. Other Proverbs of Solomon ~ cont.
(2) Contrast between wise and foolish - Proverbs 14:1-35
(3) Wisdom, the better course - Proverbs 15:1-33
(4) Better way of life described - Proverbs 16:1-33
(5) Good conduct - Proverbs 7:1-28; 18:1-24
{pages 642 - 647}

The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.  (Proverbs 18:18)

Is the lot still relevant for today?  Interesting perspectives.  Got Questions - What was the practice of casting lots?

I had a couple of other sites I had previewed, but can not locate them again.  I thought it particularly interesting that the number of times the casting of lots is used in the NT versus the OT was significant.  Additionally, that once the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was given there is no more mention of using that method to discern the Lord's will.

Still searching....found this one:   Shall we cast lots? Pursuit of "Biblical Patterns" - thought provoking and a good exhortation.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Day 145-11

IX - The Reign of Solomon - 985-945 B.C. ~ cont.
C. Solomon's fame and downfall (17 years) ~ cont.
4. Proverbs ~ cont.
(6) Praise of wisdom - Proverbs 8:1-36; 9:1-18
b. Other Proverbs of Solomon
(1) Benefits of righteousness - Proverbs 10:1-32; 11:1-31; 12:1-28; 13:1-25

{pages 636 - 642}

Wicked is used 89 times in Proverbs.  Righteous 54times.  Would be an interesting side by side comparison of what the righteous obtain versus what the wicked will receive.

May the Lord bless you as you read and dig into HIS word.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Day 144-11

IX - The Reign of Solomon - 985-945 B.C. ~ cont.
C. Solomon's fame and downfall (17 years) ~ cont.
4. Proverbs ~ cont.
(3) Trust the wisdom of God - Proverbs 3:1-35
(4) Benefit of wisdom - Proverbs 4:1-27
(5) Wisdom of moral restraint - Proverbs 5:1-23; 6:1-35; 7:1-27
{pages 632 - }

She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.  (Proverbs 3:15)

precious - H3368 - From H3365; valuable (objectively or subjectively).
  • H3365 - A primitive root; properly apparently to be heavy, that is, (figuratively) valuable; causatively to make rare (figuratively to inhibit).
Used 36 times - spoken of the Word of the Lord, stones in a crown, costly stones, the Queen of Sheba brought costly and precious stones, Hiram brought precious stones, Hezekiah had precious stones, onyx is considered precious, the moon walking in brightness, God's loving kindness is excellent, enemies of the Lord shall be as fat of lambs, honorable women, sinners seek precious substance, life is precious, diligent man's substance is precious, an understanding man is of an excellent spirit, Zion has a precious corner stone,  precious sons of Zion, precious stone was a covering, 

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.  (Psalm 116:15)

Reputation and clear are the same root word as precious.  I thought these intriguing:

Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.  (Ecclesiastes 10:1)

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:  (Zechariah 14:6)

Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.  (Proverbs 3:25)

sudden - H6597 - From H6621; instantly.
  • H6621 - From an unused root meaning to open (the eyes); a wink, that is, moment (compare H6597), (used only (with or without preposition) adverbially quickly or unexpectedly).
fear - H6343 - From H6342; a (sudden) alarm (properly the object feared, by implication the feeling).
  • H6342 - A primitive root; to be startled (by a sudden alarm); hence to fear in general.
My attention was captured originally by the sudden fear, but as I read and re-read the verse, the consolation of knowing that Father and HIS plans will prevail brought comfort and encouragement to my soul.

The desolation of the wicked will come.  All of this present world system, with its debauchery and wickedness will come to an end.  Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Praise the Lord!

The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.  (Proverbs 3:35)

inherit - H5157 - A primitive root; to inherit (as a (figurative) mode of descent), or (generally) to occupy; causatively to bequeath, or (generally) distribute, instate.

glory - H3519 - From H3513; properly weight; but only figuratively in a good sense, splendor or copiousness.
  • H3513 - A primitive root; to be heavy, that is, in a bad sense (burdensome, severe, dull) or in a good sense (numerous, rich, honorable); causatively to make weighty (in the same two senses).
Wow...glory (H3519) is used 200 times.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Day 143-11

IX - The Reign of Solomon - 985-945 B.C. ~ cont.
C. Solomon's fame and downfall (17 years) ~ cont.
3. Solomon's fame ~ cont.
h. Extent of the kingdom - 1 Kings 4:21, 24, 20, 25; 2 Chronicles 9:26
i. Visitors from everywhere - 1 Kings 4:34
j. Wisest man on earth - 1 Kings 4:29-31, 33, 32; Psalm 88:1-18; 89:1-52
4. Proverbs
a. Wisdom exalted
(1) Wisdom needed by young men - Proverbs 1:1-19
(2) Virtue of wisdom - Proverbs 1:20-33; 2:1-22
{pages 627 - 632}

Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry. And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they brought presents, and served Solomon all the days of his life. (1 Kings 4:20-21)

My original note was on verse 21, prophecy fulfilled? While perusing to cut and paste the verse, I grabbed verse 20 as well, pondering over if that was a fulfillment of prophecy, or still yet to be recognized.

Father stated the following:

Gen 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

So did Israel accomplish this during the reign of Solomon or was this spoken of as an ongoing, never ending position?

Gen 32:12 And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

Jer 33:22 As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me.

Physical Israel, the church? Both?

Hos 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.

Children of Israel...physical descendants of Abraham.

Rom 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

Physical Israel?  I have posed quite a few questions.  Definitely a topic to study further.  :-D

For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about. (1 Kings 4:31)

Who were those men?  Solomon was wiser than Ethan, Heman, Darda, and Mahol.

Ethan - H387 - The same as H386; permanent; Ethan, the name of four Israelites.
  • H386 - From an unused root (meaning to continue); permanence; hence (concretely) permanent; specifically a chieftain.
Ethan the Ezrahite wrote Psalm 89.

Heman - H1968 - Probably from H530; faithful; Heman, the name of at least two Israelites.
  • H530 - Feminine of H529; literally firmness; figuratively security; moral fidelity.
  • H529 - From H539; established, that is, (figuratively) trusty; also (abstractly) trustworthiness.
  • H539 - A primitive root; properly to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; figuratively to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally to be true or certain; once (in Isa_30:21; by interchange for H541) to go to the right hand.
Chalcol - H3633 - From H3557; sustenance; Calcol, an Israelite.
  • H3557 - A primitive root; properly to keep in; hence to measure; figuratively to maintain (in various senses).
Darda - H1862 - Apparently from H1858 and H1843; pearl of knowledge; Darda, an Israelite.
  • H1858 - Apparently from the same as H1865; properly a pearl (from its sheen as rapidly turned); by analogy pearl stone, that is, mother of pearl or alabaster.
  • H1865 - From an unused root (meaning to move rapidly); freedom; hence spontaneity of outflow, and so clear.
  • H1843 - From H3045; knowledge.
  • H3045 - A primitive root; to know (properly to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively instruction, designation, punishment, etc.).
And then onward to Proverbs...blessings upon blessings.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Day 142-11

IX - The Reign of Solomon - 985-945 B.C. ~ cont.
C. Solomon's fame and downfall (17 years) ~ cont.
3. Solomon's fame
a. Levy of forced labor - 1 Kings 9:20-23, 15; 1 Chronicles 8:7-10
b. Building of the cities - 1 Kings 9:16-19; 2 Chronicles 8:4-6
c. Offer burnt offerings - 1 Kings 9:25; 2 Chronicles 8:12-16
d. Solomon's prosperity includes ships and gold - 1 Kings 9:26-28; 10:22; 1 Chronicles 8:17-18; 2 Chronicles 9:21
e. Visit of the Queen of Sheba - 1 Kings 10:1-13; 2 Chronicles 9:1-12
f. Revenue and splendor - 1 Kings 10:14-25; 2 Chronicles 1:15; 2 Chronicles 9:13-24
g. Chariots, horsemen and traffic - 1 Kings 4:26; 10:26-29; 2 Chronicles 1:14-17; 2 Chronicles 9:25, 28

And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and precious stones.  And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of the Lrod, and for the king's house, harps also and psalteries for singers: there came no such almug trees, no were seen unto this day.  (1 Kings 10:11-12)

And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones. And the king made of the algum trees terraces to the house of the LORD, and to the king's palace, and harps and psalteries for singers: and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah.  (2 Chronicles 9:10-11)

Okay, almug or algum?

almug - H484 - Probably of foreign derivation (used thus only in the plural); almug (that is, probably sandalwood) sticks.

algum - H418 - By transposition for H484; sticks of algum wood.

trees - H6086 - From H6095; a tree (from its firmness); hence wood (plural sticks).
  • H6095 - A primitive root; properly to fasten (or make firm), that is, to close (the eyes).

brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees: or algum trees, by transposition of letters, 2Ch_9:10, which some of the Jewish writers (b) take to be coral, which is not likely; others Brasil, rather ebony, which was peculiar to India, as both Solinus (c) and Virgil (d) say; Strabo (e) makes mention of strange trees in India:

I am not much closer to understanding what either of almug or algum trees are...hmmmm. Okay, searching, found this description:

"Algum or Almug Trees,
the former occurring in (2 Chronicles 2:8 ; 2 Chronicles 9:10 2 Chronicles 9:11 ) the latter in ( 1 Kings 10:11 1 Kings 10:12 ) These words are identical. From ( 1 Kings 10:11 1 Kings 10:12 ; 2 Chronicles 9:10 2 Chronicles 9:11 ) we learn that the almug was brought in great plenty from Ophir for Solomons temple and house, and for the construction of musical instruments. It is probable that this tree is the red sandle wood, which is a native of India and Ceylon. The wood is very heavy, hard and fine grained, and of a beautiful garnet color."

From BibleStudyTools.com site. Searching a bit more and found this blog, Bible Buddies, enjoyed the study she shared, especially the last paragraph:

"Sandalwood has the most magnificant fragrance however, the wood must be struck first by an axe before the scent is released and enjoyed. How this reminds me of my life and the trials I have been through and must go through. It has not been until I have been struck with hardship that I reflect the glory of God and continue to be a sweet savor to Him."

Sandalwood Forest

A forest of sandalwood (or algum/almug) trees.  The next picture is of the logs.  I thought those interesting as Solomon used logs to make pillars and terraces.

Sandalwood Logs
Beautiful fan...
Sandalwood Fan

I still have not figured out how to get rid of all the dead space.  **sigh**

Moving along...

And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.  (1 Kings 4:26)

That was a no-no...not supposed to increase wives or horses.

But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.  (Deuteronomy 17:16)

So I sit here pondering...what has Father explicitly said in the Word of God that I am choosing to ignore and/or be outright disobedient of/to?  We are all in a state of sanctification, all in the dross removal portion of God's plan, not quite seeing in the mirror clearly.  O Lord, help us to see and hear You above all, to seek You and Your word.  To know and worship You in spirit and truth.  Lord help us to lay aside our preconceived ideas and thoughts, any denominational teachings and sit unadorned at the feet of Jesus that we may learn, know and grow in and through Him.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Day 141-11

IX - The Reign of Solomon - 985-945 B.C. ~ cont.
C. Solomon's fame and downfall (17 years) ~ cont.
2. Bride and bridegroom ~ cont.
A. Song of Solomon ~ cont.
b. Love's absence (law) -Song of Solomon 2:8-17; 3:1-5
c. Love's restoration (Calvary) - Song of Solomon 3:6-11; 4:1-16; 5:1
d. Love delayed (grace) - Song of Solomon 5:2-16; 6:1-3
e. Love's fulfillment (second advent) - Song of Solomon 6:4-13; 7:1-13; 8:1-4
f. Love's triumph (eternity) - Song of Solomon 8:5-14
{pages 618 - 622}

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;  (Song of Solomon 2:12)

I was enjoying a walk the other afternoon, on towards evening, and delighted in the various birds that were chirping and calling out to one another.  Father's creatures are such a joy.

Turtle talk?  The voice of the turtle?

voice - H6963 - From an unused root meaning to call aloud; a voice or sound.

turtle - H8449 - Probably the same as H8447; a ring dove, often (figuratively) as a term of endearment.

  • H8447 - From H8446; a succession, that is, a string or (abstractly) order.
  • H8446 - A primitive root; to meander (causatively guide) about, especially for trade or reconnoitring.
I decided to check the commentaries to see if they could or would definitively state whether this was an actual turtle or a type of dove.  There were several, enjoyed the focus, very much worth sharing:

the time of ... singing — the rejoicing at the advent of Jesus Christ. Gregory Nyssenus refers the voice of the turtledove to John the Baptist. It with the olive branch announced to Noah that “the rain was over and gone” (Gen_8:11). So John the Baptist, spiritually. Its plaintive “voice” answers to his preaching of repentance (Jer_8:6, Jer_8:7). Vulgate and Septuagint translate, “The time of pruning,” namely, spring (Joh_15:2). The mention of the “turtle’s” cooing better accords with our text. The turtledove is migratory (Jer_8:7), and “comes” early in May; emblem of love, and so of the Holy Ghost. Love, too, shall be the keynote of the “new song” hereafter (Isa_35:10; Rev_1:5; Rev_14:3; Rev_19:6). In the individual believer now, joy and love are here set forth in their earlier manifestations (Mar_4:28).

and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; so one part of rural pleasures is described by the poet (y), not only by the singing of birds of various kinds, but particularly by the note of the turtle; which is a kind of dove that lies hid in the wintertime, or is gone, being a bird of passage, and appears and returns at the spring, when its voice is heard again (z); see Jer_8:7; for its voice is never heard in winter, unless on a fine day (a); by which may be meant, not the voice of the law, as the Jewish writers (b), rather of the Gospel, the joyful sound, which for a while was heard only in the land of Judea, called by way of specialty "our land": but either of the voice of the Messiah himself (c), preaching the everlasting Gospel in the land of Israel when here on earth; or of John the Baptist his forerunner; and so Alshech interprets it of Elijah, who was to come before the Messiah, and refers to Mal_4:5. It may design the voice of all the apostles of Christ, and first ministers of the Gospel (d); or of the Holy Ghost, as the Targum, who appeared as a dove at Christ's baptism; and whose voice in the hearts of his people, speaking peace and pardon, and witnessing their adoption, causes joy and gladness; or of the church itself, compared to a turtledove for its harmlessness, meekness, chastity, &c. whose voice in prayer and praise is heard, and is acceptable to Christ, Son_2:14.

And Henry:
[3.] The flowers appear on the earth. All winter they are dead and buried in their roots, and there is no sign of them; but in the spring they revive, and show themselves in a wonderful variety and verdure, and, like the dew that produces them, tarry not for man, Mic_5:7. They appear, but they will soon disappear again, and man in herein like the flower of the field, Job_14:2. [4.] The time of singing of birds has come. The little birds, which all the winter lie hid in their retirements and scarcely live, when the spring returns forget all the calamities of the winter, and to the best of their capacity chant forth the praises of their Creator. Doubtless he who understands the birds that cry for want (Psa_147:9) takes notice of those that sing for joy Psa_104:12. The singing of the birds may shame our silence in God's praises, who are better fed (Mat_6:26), and better taught (Job_35:11), and are of more value than many sparrows. They live without inordinate care (Mat_6:26) and therefore they sing, while we murmur. [5.] The voice of the turtle is heard in our land, which is one of the season-birds mentioned Jer_8:7, that observe the time of their coming and the time of their singing, and so shame us who know not the judgment of the Lord, understand not the times, nor do that which is beautiful in its season, do not sing in singing time.

I know that is quite a bit, but they all spoke nourishment to my soul. The Song of Solomon can be a love story between a man and a woman, but the greatest love story is between the Savior and the redeemed. I need to be reminded again and again, that my focus is to be upon Him and giving a proper estimate of the LORD in all areas of my life.

Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard, Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices: (Song of Solomon 4:13-14)

I *think* I know what 2 of the 5 items are...but just to make sure. :-)

camphire - H3724 - From H3722; properly a cover, that is, (literally) a village (as covered in); (specifically) bitumen (as used for coating), and the henna plant (as used for dyeing); figuratively a redemption price.
  • H3722 - A primitive root; to cover (specifically with bitumen); figuratively to expiate or condone, to placate or cancel.
H. Camphire. The only mention of this plant in the Bible is in Song of Solomon 1:14; 4:13. Most scholars consider it to have been the henna. The Hebrew word for the plant is kopher.

This shrub grows approximately 3 m. (10 ft.) high. It flourished during Solomon's time at En-gedi and is still growing there today.

The leaves and young twigs were ground into powder and mixed with paste and hot water to produce a reddish-orange dye, which women used to paint their fingernails, toenails, and the soles of their feet. (See "Clothing and Cosmetics.") Men also used this cosmetic to paint their beards. The "camphire" also grows in Egypt and other countries in the East today.

spikenard - H5373 - Of foreign origin; nard, an aromatic.

Y. Spikenard. This is one of the most precious spices of the Bible. The Hebrew for it is nerd; the Greeks called it nardos. It grew extensively in northern India, and has been found high in the Himalaya Mountains.

It grows small with many spikes on one root, bearing pink blossoms; thus it is sometimes called the "Indian spike". Perfumed oil is extracted from these spikes.

The New Testament tells how a woman anointed Jesus with this most costly liquid (Mark 14:3-4). According to Werner Keller, "The receptacles for these often expensive items (i.e., perfumes) have been found by archaeologists under the debris of walls, among the ruins of patrician houses, and in royal palaces."

saffron - H3750 - Probably of foreign origin; the crocus.

X. Saffron. The saffron has been cultivated in southern Europe and Asia from very early times. The Hebrew word for it is karkom.

The plant, which grows from a bulb, blooms in the fall, with light lavender blossoms, veined red. Their stigmas are dried, pulverized, and pressed into cakes that are used for making yellow dyes in medicine, and for flavoring.

Saffron has a sweet smell but a bitter taste. It is mentioned as one of the common spices of the Old Testament (Song 4:14).

calamus - H7070 - From H7069; a reed (as erect); by resemblance a rod (especially for measuring), shaft, tube, stem, the radius (of the arm), beam (of a steelyard).
  • H7069 - A primitive root; to erect, that is, create; by extension to procure, especially by purchase (causatively sell); by implication to own.
G. Calamus. This was a tall reed-like grass with hollow stems. The Hebrew term for this plant (Keneh bosem) means "reed of fragrance." It is indeed a very sweet-smelling plant (Song 4:14).

The oil extracted from this grass was an ingredient in the anointing oil of Exodus 30:23. The calamus was grown throughout Palestine.

cinnamon - H7076 - From an unused root (meaning to erect); cinnamon bark (as in upright rolls).

J. Cinnamon. A native of Ceylon, cinnamon is a member of the laurel family. The tree grows about 9 m. (30 ft.) high with clusters of yellow and white flowers. Its very fragrant bark yields a golden yellow oil, which was used as one ingredient of the anointing oil (Exod. 30:23) and as perfume (Prov. 7:17).

The Hebrew word for this plant is kinnamon. It was one of the chief spices of the ancient Near East.

I had to chuckle at the Strong's definition for cinnamon...as it is rolled...pondering if that lent itself to the design and/or naming of the breadful delight.  All definitions in RED are taken from this article on Plants.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Day 140-11

IX - The Reign of Solomon - 985-945 B.C. ~ cont.
B. Solomon builds (20 years) ~ cont.
6. Dedication of the Temple ~ cont.
e. Divine confirmation and blessing - 2 Chronicles 7:1-3
f. Sacrifice and public festival - 1 Kings 8:62-66; 2 Chronicles 7:4-10; Psalm 99:1-9; 100:1-5
g. Birth of Abijah
h. Building program finished - 1 Kings 9:1; 1 Chronicles 7:11
C. Solomon's fame and downfall (17 years)
1. Solomon's growth
a. God warns Solomon - 1 Kings 9:2-9; 2 Chronicles 7:12-22
b. Exchange of cities with Hiram - 1 Kings 9:10-14; 2 Chronicles 8:1-2
c. Hamath conquered - 2  Chronicles 8:3
d. Brings wife to her house - 1 Kings 9:24; 2 Chronicles 8:11
2. Bride and bridegroom
A. Song of Solomon
a. Love's beginning (creation) - Song of Solomon 1:1-7

{pages 614 - 618}

Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house. (2 Chronicles 7:1)

the glory of the Lord - we talked about this in Bible study, how the glory of the Lord was upon the Tabernacle, then upon the Temple and then departed.

The phrase *glory of the Lord* is found 36 times in Scripture.  First usage:

Exo 16:7  And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD: and what are we, that ye murmur against us?

Last usage:
2Co 3:18  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Some in between:

Luk 2:9  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

Exo 40:34  Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

2Ch 7:2  And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD'S house.

Psa 104:31  The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works. 

Eze 10:4  Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD'S glory.

I am sitting here pondering upon the glory of the Lord and the departure from the earthly dwelling, are we, as born again, spirit filled disciples now the dwelling of the glory of the Lord?

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  (1 Corinthians 3:16)

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  (1 Corinthians 6:19)

Found this site:  Glory of the Lord - I hop, skipped and jumped through it (okay, I did not skip, but hopped and jumped).

Another one:  Where is the Glory of the Lord.

So...have you been baptized with the Holy Ghost?  Filled with the Spirit of the Living God?  Have you become a vessel of honor in HIS hand?  Do you know Him, or want to know Him more intimately?

There is no greater delight or joy in getting to know the one who designed you, chose you from before the foundation of the world.  Prayerfully hopeful that HIS children are spending time reading HIS love letter to them and growing in grace.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Day 139-11

IX - The Reign of Solomon - 985-945 B.C. ~ cont.
B. Solomon builds (20 years) ~ cont.
6. Dedication of the Temple ~ cont.
c. Solomon's prayer of dedication - 1 Kings 8:22-53; 2 Chronicles 6:12-42
d. Solomon's benediction - 1 Kings 8:54-61
{pages 609 - 614}

If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;  (1 Kings 8:46)

This reminds me of a few other verses:

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:   (Romans 3:10)

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  (1 John 1:8)

But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!  (2 Chronicles 6:18)

Which made me think of these verses:

Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?  (Isaiah 66:1)

Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.  (Matthew 5:35)

Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?  (Acts 7:49)

That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers.  (1 Kings 8:58)

He incline the hearts? What, we can not incline our hearts? Why not?

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  (Jeremiah 17:9)

There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.  (Romans 3:11)

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.  (Ephesians 1:4-12)

If you are so inclined to study the topic, if not already persuaded that HE chooses, here are a couple of links to get you started:

(Note I have not fully browsed and/or read the articles in their entirety, be a Berean.)

From the Household of Faith - lists the 5 points of Calvinism.  (Personally, I prefer the doctrine of election).

A couple of articles on the doctrine of election:  Wayne Grudem, John MacArthurJohn Piper and Lorraine Boettner.

Notes on Supralapsarianism & Infralapsarianism - take your life vest, this one appears to be quite deep.  :-D



Another one on both - Albatrus

Okay, I have spent all my money on those $20 words...the best solution for wrestling through the doctrine of election? Pray and ask Father to reveal HIS plan, will in the matter and then read the BOOK, specifically looking for the words which indicate chose, choose, chosen, predestinated, etc.

May Father richly bless as we partake of His eternal Word.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Day 138-11

IX - The Reign of Solomon - 985-945 B.C. ~ cont.
B. Solomon builds (20 years) ~ cont.
5. Final completion of the Temple - 1 Kings 7:51; 2 Chronicles 5:1
6. Dedication of the Temple
a. Removal of the Ark to the Temple - 1 Kings 8:114; Psalm 118:1-4, 29; 115:1-18; 134:1-3; 135:21; 136:1-26
b. Solomon's address - 1 Kings 12-16; 2 Chronicles 6:1-6; 1 Kings 8:17-20; 2 Chronicles 6:7-10; 1 Kings 8:21; 2 Chronicles 6:11
{pages 605 - 609}

There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.  (1 Kings 8:9)

What was in there originally?  Two tablets of stone, with the 10 Words, written by the finger of God.  Aaron's rod that budded and the pot of manna.  Where did the other items go?

Browsing a few sites and sharing.

NOTE:  Inclusion of a website does not necessarily equate to an endorsement of the ministry and/or website in its entirety.  I am simply sharing articles which capture my attention and appear to address whatever question I am pondering over at the present moment.

The Ark, the 10 Commandments, and the Book of the Law - this had an interesting perspective on how all of the old had/has passed away and was fulfilled in Christ.

Ark of the Covenant - Regardless of where you stand on end time events, this article is intriguing.  I particularly liked this passage:

The True Ark

With regard to this concept of Christ as our mercy seat, let me add a penetrating insight which I picked up from John MacArthur, one of this country's greatest preachers. He pointed to a simple historical verse that contains a profound truth about Jesus being our mercy seat.
The verse is John 20:12. Speaking of Mary looking into the empty tomb of Jesus, the verse says,"she beheld two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying." What Mary saw, MacArthur observed, was the new mercy seat, the perfect mercy seat.
Consider again what Mary saw. She witnessed two angels sitting at each end of the slab which had held the broken body of our Lord. That scene points us back to the Ark of the Covenant where two cherubim hovered over its blood splattered mercy seat!
There is no more need for the Ark. Jesus has fulfilled all that the Ark stood for. He was deity who took on flesh. He rendered complete obedience to the Law, being made perfect and becoming the source of our salvation (Hebrews 5:8-9). His blood was shed for our sins, and His victory is attested by the fact and the power of His resurrection.
Just as the Ark was designed to be a symbol of the presence of God in the midst of His people, Jesus is the ultimate expression of God's love and care and presence. He is our Ark. He is our Law. He is our Manna. He is our Budded Rod. And, thank God, He is our Mercy Seat.

Christ - our ark, manna, budded rod and mercy seat.  Complete fulfillment and provision.  The theory of the physical ark being raptured is over the top for me, but all in all, a good article.

This article, Ark of the Covenant, was interesting.  It mentions 3 arks.  Noah's ark, Moses' ark and the Ark of the Covenant.  I comprehend Noah's ark and the Ark of the Covenant, but Moses' ark?  Hmmmmm.

Ugghhh...feeling really dense...Moses' ark, the one his mother hid him in!  Duh!  All I could think about was that Moses was given the instructions for the Ark of the Covenant.  I am amazed how I sometimes miss the forest for the trees.  **sigh** Father, keep me on Your path and thinking Your thoughts!

I liked this passage from the article:

Without exception each one speaks to us of preservation, and each in its own particular way portrays the Lord Jesus - our Ark of refuge.

Have you found refuge in Christ Jesus?

But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.   (Deuteronomy 4:29)

I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.  (Proverbs 8:17)

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.  (Jeremiah 29:13)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Days 137-11

IX - The Reign of Solomon - 985-945 B.C. ~ cont.
B. Solomon builds (20 years) ~ cont.
2. Building of the Temple ~ cont.
m. Completion of the Temple building - 1 Kings 6:14; Psalm 127:1-5; 128:1-6; 1 Kings 6:38
3. Building of the Royal Palace (13 years) - 1 Kings 7:1
a. House of the forest of Lebanon - 1 Kings 7:2-5
b. Porches - 1 Kings 7:6-7
c. House for the king and his wife - 1 Kings 7:8
d. Materials of the buildings - 1 Kings 7:9-11
e. The great court - 1 Kings 7:12
4. Making of the furnishings for the Temple (3 years)
a. Two pillars - 1 Kings 7:15-22; 2 Chronicles 3:15-17
b. Altar of Brass - 2 Chronicles 4:1
c. Molten Sea - 1 Kings 7:23-26; 2 Chronicles 4:2-5, 10
d. Ten bases - 1 Kings 7:27-37
e. Ten lavers - 1 Kings 7:38-39; 2 Chronicles 4:6
f. Courts - 1 Kings 6:36; 2 Chronicles 4:9
g. Hiram's brass work - 1 Kings 7:40-47; 2 Chronicles 4:11-18
h. Golden vessels - 1 Kings 7:48-50; 1 Chronicles 4:7-22

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. (Psalm 127:3)

Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.  (Psalm 127:5)

Why do they speak with the enemies in the gate? Sharing Gill:

but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate: where courts of judicature were kept; and so the Targum, 

"in the gate of the house of judgment.'' 

The sense is, that their children should stand and plead the cause of their parents against their adversaries in courts of judicature; or publicly before the eyes of all, as Aben Ezra: and spiritually may design such of Christ's seed who are set for the defence of the Gospel, are valiant for the truth on earth, and earnestly contend for it; meet the enemy in the gate, publicly oppose him, and behave themselves like men, and are strong.

And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin: and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz.  (1 Kings 7:21)

Jachin - H3199 - From H3559; he (or it) will establish; Jakin, the name of three Israelites and of a temple pillar.
  • H3559 - A primitive root; properly to be erect (that is, stand perpendicular);. hence (causatively) to set up, in a great variety of applications, whether literal (establish, fix, prepare, apply), or figurative (appoint, render sure, proper or prosperous).

Boaz - H1162 - From an unused root of uncertain meaning; Boaz, the ancestor of David; also the name of a pillar in front of the temple.

Sharing Henry:

1. Two brazen pillars, which were set up in the porch of the temple (1Ki_7:21), whether under the cover of the porch or in the open air is not certain; it was between the temple and the court of the priests. These pillars were neither to hang gates upon nor to rest any building upon, but purely for ornament and significancy. (1.) What an ornament they were we may gather from the account here given of the curious work that was about them, chequer-work, chain-work, net-work, lily-work, and pomegranates in rows, and all of bright brass, and framed no doubt according to the best rules of proportion, to please the eye. (2.) Their significancy is intimated in the names given them (1Ki_7:21): Jachin - he will establish; and Boaz - in him is strength. Some think they were intended for memorials of the pillar of cloud and fire which led Israel through the wilderness: I rather think them designed for memorandums to the priests and others that came to worship at God's door, [1.] To depend upon God only, and not upon any sufficiency of their own, for strength and establishment in all their religious exercises. When we come to wait upon God, and find our hearts wandering and unfixed, then by faith let us fetch in help from heaven: Jachin - God will fix this roving mind. It is a good thing that the heart be established with grace. We find ourselves weak and unable for holy duties, but this is our encouragement: Boaz - in him is our strength, who works in us both to will and to do. I will go in the strength of the Lord God. Spiritual strength and stability are to be had at the door of God's temple, where we must wait for the gifts of grace in the use of the means of grace. [2.] It was a memorandum to them of the strength and establishment of the temple of God among them. Let them keep close to God and duty, and they should never lose their dignities and privileges, but the grant should be confirmed and perpetuated to them. The gospel church is what God will establish, what he will strengthen, and what the gates of hell can never prevail against. But, with respect to this temple, when it was destroyed particular notice was taken of the destroying of these pillars (2Ki_25:13, 2Ki_25:17), which had been the tokens of its establishment, and would have been so if they had not forsaken God.

Amen...God there are times in all of our lives when we just do not comprehend and/or understand where You are taking us.  Let me remember to keep my mind stayed upon thee and that You are my strength.

Isa 26:3  Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. 

2Co 12:9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

He is my all in all.

And the work of the wheels was like the work of a chariot wheel: their axletrees, and their naves, and their felloes, and their spokes, were all molten.  (1 Kings 7:33)

naves - H1354 - From an unused root meaning to hollow or curve; the back (as rounded (compare H1460 and H1479); by analogy the top or rim, a boss, a vault, arch of eye, bulwarks, etc. ~ Used 13 times in 11 verses.  Translated as eyebrows, bodies, back, rings, eminent or higher place.

felloes - H2839 - From H2836; conjoined, that is, a wheel spoke or rod connecting the hub with the rim.

  • H2386 - A primitive root; to cling, that is, join (figuratively) to love, delight in; elliptically (or by interchange for H2820) to deliver.
Interesting, H2839 is used only 1x in Scripture. Intriguing.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Day 136-11

IX - The Reign of Solomon - 985-945 B.C. ~ cont.
B. Solomon builds (20 years) ~ cont.
1. Preparations for building ~ cont.
d. Instructions about God's ideal woman - Proverbs 31:1-31
2. Building of the Temple
a. Begins to build - 1 Kings 6:1, 37; 2 Chronicles 3:1-2
b. God's promise to Solomon - 1 Kings 6:11-13
c. Dimensions of the Temple - 1 Kings 6:2; 2 Chronicles 3:3
d. Materials of the Temple - 1 Kings 6:7, 9; 2 Chronicles 3:5-7
e. Porch - 1 Kings 6:3; 2 Chronicles 3:4
f. Windows - 1 Kings 6:4
g. Stories - 1 Kings 6:5-8, 10
h. Most Holy place - 1 Kings 6:16-22; 2 Chronicles 3:8-9
i. Cherubim - 1 Kings 6:23-28; 2 Chronicles 3:10-13
j. Vail - 2 Chronicles 3:14
k. Walls and floors - 1 Kings 6:15, 29-30
l. Doors - 1 Kings 6:31-35
{pages 596 - 600}

And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.  (1 Kings 6:7)

No axe or iron heard in the building?  I was trying to think of the passage wherein God instructed no tools were to be used on the stones of the altar.  Thought Gill might give some insight, but received a different type of exhortation on that portion of the passage:

so that there was neither hammer, nor axe, nor any tool of iron, heard in the house while it was in building; the first of these observations shows, that none are to be laid in the spiritual building of the church, but such as are first hewed and squared by the Spirit, grace, and word of God: or who have an experience of the grace of God, are sound in the faith, and of becoming lives and good conduct; and the other denotes, that such as are therein, whether ministers or members, should do all they do for the edification of the church in a quiet and peaceable manner, without clamour, contention, fights, and tumults. 

I liked the part about the Spirit hewing and squaring a believer, it is all HIS choosing and design to raise up living stones for Himself.

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.  (1 Peter 2:5)

This portion of 1 Kings 6:6 intrigued me:

...that the beams should not be fastened in the walls of the house.

Not fastened in the walls?  How does that work?  Okay, Gill, my commentator that gives me the fragmentation I particularly need right here:

that the beams should not be fastened in the walls of the house; or be inserted into them, which could not be done without making holes in it; and these holes could not be made without an iron instrument, and which was not to be used, as the next words show; whereas by the above method the beams of the chambers could be laid upon the buttresses, benches, or rebatements left, without the use of any: the gradual enlargement of these chambers, as they rose higher, may denote the enlargement of the church of God, both as to numbers, gifts, and grace, the nearer it comes to the heavenly state, as in the spiritual and personal reign of Christ.

O Lord, help us, Your people to be obedient to be about Your business, not counting our lives, wants, needs and/or desires as anything but subjected to You and Your plans for Your Bride.  Help us Lord to say not my will, but thine be done.

Here I am Lord, send me.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Day 135-11

IX - The Reign of Solomon - 985-945 B.C.
A. Solomon's good beginning (3 years)
9. Example of wisdom - 1 Kings 3:16-27
10. Reaction to David's death in Egypt - 1 Kings 11:21-22
11. His princes and officers - 1 Kings 4:1-28
B. Solomon builds (20 years)
1. Preparations for building
a. Decides to begin league with Hiram - 1 Kings 5:1-12; 1 Kings 7:13-14; 2 Chronicles 2:1-16
b. Taxes, laborers and supplies - 1 Kings 5:13-18; 2 Chronicles 2:2; 17-18
c. Execution of Shimei - 1 Kings 2:39-46
{pages 592 - 596}
True mother love:

Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.  (1 Kings 3:26)

Our culture promotes the elimination of inconvenient pregnancies, disdaining the blessing of children.  The death promotion has reached a sickening crescendo {warning - may contain graphic material} - Lipstick on a bullet.

For those who may suffer from post abortion trauma, there is healing in Jesus.  Do not think if you have had an abortion that you are beyond the pale of God's sovereign power to heal, save and restore you.

A few sites to encourage and/or share with those seeking to recover from an abortion:

There is healing, restoration, forgiveness at the foot of the cross.  We are all murderers, God haters, despising righteousness before God opens the eyes of our understanding.  Father, may those who have been hurt and wounded by abortion find healing in and through Your son, Christ Jesus.  May the cleansing blood of Jesus wash away the sins of our idolatry and wickedness when we served our former master.  Lord, open blind eyes and deaf ears to hear and see the wickedness that saturates our land, calling down judgment upon our nation.  O Lord, hear the prayer of Your people to guide and direct us to seek You and Your healing touch over our lives, our families, our nation.

And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David.  (1 Kings 5:1)

lover - H157 - A primitive root; to have affection for (sexually or otherwise).

I seriously doubt if this was anything but a deep affection and love.


for Hiram was ever a lover of David; a friend and ally of his; and we never read of the Tyrians being at war with him, or assisting any of his enemies.

Just as a note, I do read the other commentaries available on my E-Sword program...but they sometimes are quite lengthy and/or combine several verses together. When I am looking for a specific verse and/or portion, Gill delivers every time.

Henry's commentary on the passage is excellent.  :-)  Great exhortation and encouragement.

And it came to pass, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be the LORD this day, which hath given unto David a wise son over this great people.  (1 Kings 5:7)

rejoiced - H8055 - A primitive root; probably to brighten up, that is, (figuratively) be (causatively make) blithe or gleesome. ~ 155 usages in 148 verses.

A few samplings:

And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. (Exodus 4:14)

And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates. (Deuteronomy 16:14)

Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off. (Nehemiah 12:43)

And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.  (Esther 8:15)

I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.  (Psalm 9:2)

The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. (Proverbs 10:1)

Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things. (Joel 2:21)

Camping on the word rejoice in the NT:

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.   (Matthew 5:12)

And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.  (John 4:36)

And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.  (Romans 15:10)

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.   (Philippians 4:4)

O Lord, let us weep with those who weep, but rejoice as well.  Father, let the rejoicing of Your people be a witness, testimony and glorification of You.