Day 148: Solomon's Wealth

1 Kings 6:1-38 Construction of the Temple began about 966 BC, and meticulous care for detail was observed at every stage of the process; it was completed in 959 BC. In the inner sanctuary of the Temple, called the Holy of Holies, was placed the Ark of the Covenant, with its treasures and its mercy seat, as the sign of the presence of God in Israel. (CCC 2580)

Ch 6:11-13 This digression from the narrative reiterates what God and David had already said to Solomon about the many blessings that would be lavished on Israel as long as the people were faithful to God’s Commandments. It is believed that the two Books of Kings were compiled and edited many years later after the Babylonians had destroyed the Temple and exiled many of Israel’s citizens. This insertion into the text may have served to remind the readers that the destruction of the Temple, together with the massive exile of the people, was due to Solomon’s egregious infidelity and the subsequent infidelities of the Israelites. 

Ch 6:23-28 The figures of the Cherubim surrounding the Ark of the Covenant DID NOT VIOLATE the Commandment against idolatry since their purpose was to serve as a powerful reminder of the sacred presence of the ONE, TRUE, and TRANSCENDENT GOD. At that time, almost all of the other ancient peoples worshipped the graven images THEMSELVES. We find multiple examples in the Old Testament where God permitted or commanded the fabrication of images as a means to serve his people in worshipping the one true God; these include the BRONZE SERPENT, the ARK OF THE COVENANT, and the CHERUBIM in the sanctuary of Solomon’s temple. The First Commandment’s prohibition of idolatry DOES NOT FORBID the use of SACRED IMAGES to cultivate devotion and piety. Sacred images of Christ, Mary, the saints, and other subjects are not themselves the focus of Christian prayer; rather, they serve as VISUAL REMINDERS that direct us to God or the saints, who assist us as intercessors. Given what the images represent, they may be VENERATED-NOT WORSHIPPED-since they ultimately lead us to the contemplation of God. (CCC 2130)

2 Chronicles 9:1-31 Most of this chapter is similar to 1 Kings Chapter 10, with some alterations that are primarily hagiographic in nature. This account, however, gives figures that emphasize Solomon’s wealth more than the inventory stated in 1 Kings. The visit of the Queen of Sheba, like the collaboration with Hiram of Tyre in building the Temple, attest to the kind of notoriety, good will, and respect that Solomon enjoyed among the nations during his reign.

Ch 9:23 Wisdom is a gift from the Holy Spirit that deepens faith and is a guide for actions that reflect love of God. (CCC 2690)

Psalm 4 The psalmist found himself “in distress” and prayed to God in confidence that he would hear and answer him. 

God of my right: God is just and gives every person what is needed.

Joy...peace: These are the kind of joy and peace that flow out of Christ’s Resurrection and are included among the fruits of the Holy Spirit. They are gifts from Christ that the world cannot give nor can be obtained by human effort alone. (CCC 736, 2657, 2717,2718)

(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)

The Jerusalem Temple

“Thou wilt bring them in, and plant them on thy own mountain, the place, O Lord, which thou hast made for thy abode, the sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established. (Ex 15:17)

“But when you go over the Jordan, and live in the land which the Lord your God gives you to inherit...then to the place which the Lord your God will choose, to make his name dwell there, thither you shall bring all that I command you: your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the offering that you present, and all your votive offerings which you vow to the Lord. (Dt 12:10-11)

Mount Moriah

(*Walking With God: A Journey Through The Bible by Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins)

1 Kings Ch 6, it is GOLD

“Ok God, make my internal reality match up with the desire of my heart. Help me to become a holy person, a good person, a wise person, and a strong person in your sight. For my family. For my friends. For your Church. And for your Glory. Amen”

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we thank you and we give you praise. We thank you so much for the gift of your Word, we thank you for the gift of peace and deliverance, Lord God, because you do deliver us from our enemies. Now, even when we are in distress, even when it seems like the world is crashing around us, even when it seems there are obstacles and truly there are obstacles in our lives, you make us lie down and sleep. Lord God, when we can’t sleep, when we cannot find rest, when our minds are so busy, are so scattered, and we feel so stretched so thin, then we can realize that we need to rely upon your grace and your mercy. God, when we pray, ‘Deliver me from this thorn. Deliver me from this trial,’ you speak to us the words that you spoke to St. Paul, ‘My Grace is sufficient for you. Power is made perfect in weakness.’ And so, we acknowledge our weakness so that we can accept your power. And we know it’s true, your Grace is sufficient for every one of our days, for every one of our moments. And so we give you praise. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”

Dustin's Insights 

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