Moving on from building the temple, this is a summary of king Solomon’s reign. It gives you some sense of the character of it.
He’s a builder, not just the temple or his palace ( which took twice as long…) But villages, towns.
He is a bold, creative entrepreneur, gets on well with neighbours. When they mention a maritime venture that nets lots of money, it’s so uncharacteristic of Israel, never a seafaring nation.
And the seeds of his downfall are sewn, with an Egyptian wife. He knows there is a conflict with their religion, she doesn’t convert to their beliefs. He makes a palace for her because the ark has been at the site of his, and he says that makes it holy.
The ark is like the physical embodiment of monotheism.
Solomon is aware his marriage is unacceptable to God.
He is wise, but in this case worldly wise. The marriage probably makes a lot of political and economic sense, but it’s compromising his holiness.
I’m feeling I could use a bit a worldly smarts this week, we are living being our means. I’m guilty of wanting it all I suppose, I like working for the Salvos, but I should be living a more humble lifestyle.