Today we delve into the details of Solomon constructing a palace for himself. At the end of chapter 6 we learn that he spent 7 years building the Temple so that the people would have a place to worship God. Chapter 7 tells us that Solomon spent 13 years constructing his own palace. At first glance it appears that he spent nearly twice as much time building his own home as the home of the living God of Israel. Did Solomon care more about his house than God’s Temple? Absolutely not! He was diligent and had a sense of urgency to complete the Temple so that Israel would have a place of worship in The City of David, Jerusalem.
It took nearly twice as long to build Solomon’s palace because the best materials were FIRST used for the Temple and less urgency was placed on building his palace. Scripture teaches us that Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived, other than our wise King Jesus. He exercised the principal of bringing his first fruits & best offering to the Lord before considering his own needs or desires.
I must confess that for many years I read chapters in the Bible like 1 Kings 7 and quickly blew through the details because they seemed like mundane facts about dimensions, building materials, etc. Then I considered 2 Timothy 3:16: ALL SCRIPTURE is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting & training in righteousness. THE DETAILS MATTER! God cares about the details of our lives!
Two take-aways God placed on my heart as I read this passage:
- Am I giving my first fruits and best offering to the Lord before considering my own needs and desires?
- Do I consider that the details of my daily living matter to God?
Blessings to you Jumpstart readers as you strive to honor God by giving him your first fruits and living every detail of your life for the Glory of Jesus Christ.
By: Mike Pepper — Leadership Team Member