Been There. Done That.

In today’s Bible reading* King Solomon looks back at his life and realizes it was all for nothing. Solomon could truly say, “Been there. Done that.” Solomon had everything anyone would want. In the end, all he could say was that it was worthless. God gave Solomon a blank check: Anything he wanted! And all…

Solomon Dedicates the Temple

Today’s Bible reading* includes the completion of the Temple’s construction and when Solomon dedicates the Temple. We’re told that Solomon took almost twice as long (thirteen years) to build his ornate palace complex as he did to build the Temple (seven years). At first glance, it sounds like he cared more for his own house…

Solomon’s Temple

Today’s Bible reading* goes into great detail of the construction of Solomon’s Temple. After making a deal with King Hiram of Tyre to supply the best wood from Lebanon, Solomon began construction. It would take seven years to complete the job. Solomon drafted thirty thousand workers. From the installation of the quarried stones to the…

Benefits of the Fear of the Lord

Twice in today’s Bible reading* are statements concerning the fear of the Lord. This is a common theme in the Book of Proverbs. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD prolongs life,but the years of the wicked are…

Wisdom Gives Life

We begin reading through the Proverbs in today’s Bible reading*. Most of the Proverbs were written by Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived. God gave us the book of Proverbs, not to make us smarter, but to give us wisdom. Wisdom is applied knowledge. Knowledge by itself has limited value. (1 Corinthians 8:1b) But…