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My friends, thank you for returning this evening for our final post for today.
Before we start our next Old Testament Book - Ecclesiastes, this week May 26-28, 2020, let's look at some important information about the 'writer' and his times - King Solomon. Then when we have concluded with the 'biographical' information, consisting of 3 posts each day, we will jump right into the Book of Ecclesiastes. Afterwards, we will take a break and follow with the posts for the Book, the 'Song of Solomon', also written by King Solomon. audio-bible/bible.html
Biblical account of the life of Solomon is primarily described in 2 Samuel, 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles. His two names mean "peaceful" and "friend of God", both considered "predictive of the character of his reign".
In chronology, the conventional dates of Solomon's reign are derived from biblical chronology and are set from about 970 to 931 BCE.
Solomon was born in Jerusalem, the second born child of David and his wife Bathsheba, widow of Uriah the Hittite. The first child (unnamed in that account), a son conceived adulterously during Uriah's lifetime, had died as a punishment on account of the death of Uriah by David's order. Solomon had three named full brothers born to Bathsheba: Nathan, Shammua, and Shobab, besides six known older half-brothers born of as many mothers. [1 Chronicles 14:4; 1 Chronicles 3:5;1 Chronicles 3:1–4] audio-bible/bible.html
The biblical narrative shows that Solomon served as a peace offering between God and David, due to his adulterous relationship with Bathsheba. In an effort to hide this sin, for example, he sent the woman's husband, a man loyal to David, Uriah, to battle, hoping that he would be killed there. After he died, David was finally able to marry his wife. As punishment, the first child, who was conceived during the adulterous relationship, died. [2 Samuel 12:14-31] audio-bible/bible.html
Solomon was born after David was forgiven. It is this reason why his name, which means 'peace', was chosen. Some historians cited that Nathan the Prophet brought up Solomon as his father was busy governing the realm. This could also be attributed to the notion that the prophet held great influence over David because he knew of his adultery, which was considered a grievous offense under the Mosaic Law. [Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 18:20; 20:10; Deuteronomy 5:18;22:22-23; Nathan's rebuke - 2 Samuel 12:7; David's Psalm of Repentance, Psalm 51, a lesson to all of us.] audio-bible/bible.html
Solomon's Succession and Administration according to 1 Kings 1:39, was begun when he was anointed by Zadok. the Priest. According to the First Book of Kings, when David was old, "he could not get warm". [1 Kings 1:1] "So they sought a beautiful young woman throughout all the territory of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunamite, and brought her to the king. The young woman was very beautiful, and she was of service to the king and attended to him, but the king knew her not." audio-bible/bible.html
While David was in this state, court factions were maneuvering for power. David's heir apparent, Adonijah, acted to have himself declared king, but was outmaneuvered by Bathsheba and the prophet Nathan, who convinced David to proclaim Solomon king according to his earlier promise (not recorded elsewhere in the biblical narrative), and despite Solomon's being younger than his brothers.
Solomon, as instructed by David, began his reign with an extensive purge, including his father's chief general, Joab, among others, and further consolidated his position by appointing friends throughout the administration, including in religious positions as well as in civic and military posts.[1 Kings 4:1-19]
It is said that Solomon ascended to the throne when he was only about fifteen. audio-bible/bible.html Amen. Amen.
We will conclude our historical/biographical posts on Thursday, May 28, 2020 as the Lord wills. It is important to consider information the Lord has chosen to reveal about people in His Holy Bible, their 'warts, moles, and all', for they are examples for us, and shows how the Lord works with people.
[1 Corinthians 10:11;2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 2:6] audio-bible/bible.html
We humans, without the grace and mercy of God for repentance and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, are not superior to any of the humans who have preceded us. We are 'hopelessly and eternally' - 'LOST'!
[Study carefully all of the following: audio-bible/bible.html John 1:12; 3:15-16, 3:36; 8:24; 10:1, 9; 11:25-26; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:10, 23; 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9, 3:17; Galatians 2:16, 4:6; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5; 1 John 5:1,12; Revelation 3:20] Abba, Father. Call yours to you, in the Name of Jesus I pray. Amen. Amen.
And, God is the same, today, tomorrow and forever, ready, able and willing to 'forgive' and to have any human to be reconciled to Him. But, He has chosen the 'way' for this 'miracle' to happen.
[John 14:6; Hebrews 1:8, 12; 13:5-9]audio-bible/bible.html
Therefore, 'whosoever calls upon Him', by and through the One and Only 'Way', 'Truth' and 'Life' - Jesus Christ, 'shall be saved'. [John 14:6; Acts 2:21; Romains 10:13-17]audio-bible/bible.html
Have YOU called upon Him? Why not today? [2 Corinthians 6:2; Revelation 3:20]
I cannot 'urge' you more than this, that you take care of this - the 'one' most important 'matter' in your life, and without delay. Amen. Amen.
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