Your priority? God or self?
Today’s reading: 1 Kings 6-7.
Solomon’s temple was begun 480 years after the Israelites left Egypt. They had worshipped at the tent of the tabernacle since a year after leaving Egypt, though the ark of the covenant had been moved to a tent in Jerusalem by King David. For comparison, 480 years ago was 1534. Columbus had sailed to America just 40 years earlier. The pilgrims would not land at Plymouth for another 90 years.
The temple was built in seven years, but Solomon took twice as long to build his palace. There are two ways to look at this:
- Solomon placed a higher priority on the temple, building it first and getting it done quickly.
- Solomon built a home for himself that was even grander than the temple.
From the description of the palace, it’s possible that number two is the correct answer. The palace was called “The Forest…
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