officially forgave his half-brother, but there was no trust and he was
merely looking for a reason to get rid of Adonijah. So when Adonijah
sought to marry his father's virgin sleeping companion, that was all the
excuse Solomon needed to order his death. Being executed by a sword is
extremely painful since the person won’t die immediately unless his head
is decapitated. Solomon had a list of his father’s enemies and he
carried out David’s vengeful instructions of assassination.
loved the Lord but that did not hinder him from murdering his opponents
and adding pagan worshiping women from other nations to his growing
harem. After Solomon solidified his power over Israel, he decided to
build an alliance with Egypt and marrying the Pharaoh’s daughter sealed
had been groomed to rule and he set up a governmental system that gave
him total control over the nation. He had a huge entourage of people
around him in Jerusalem and he fed them by setting up a governor over
each tribes and having them supply what he needed. Each tribe had to
feed Solomon and the members of court for one month per year.
eventually decided to travel with his leadership to Gibeon where the
tabernacle built by Moses was erected. It was here that the Lord spoke
to Solomon for the first time and asked how He could help. Solomon asked
God for wisdom to be a good king and God granted him wisdom, along with
riches and fame at the same time.
Solomon used his first four years to secure and prefabricate all the
items needed to build the temple. The site of the temple was on Mount
Moriah, where Abraham had come to sacrifice Isaac 1,200 years earlier,
and where David had met the Lord during a time of judgment on Israel.
Gathering the building supplies on site took four years and it took
another seven years to put the temple together, during which no hammer,
axe or other tool of iron was heard in the assembly process.
dedication of the temple was on a grand scale and lasted 14 days and
Solomon heard from the Lord again and was given instructions on how to
live and rule. Sadly, this wise king failed to take heed and ended up a
fool. He did not have a great beginning in following his father’s
instruction but the end of his life was worse.
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Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell