Insights on Today's Reading
You may have recognized that when reading 1 and 2 Samuel you read about Samuel, Saul and David and then in 1 and 2 Kings you are finding yourself "jumping back and forth" from the kings of Judah and the kings of Israel. The writer is seeking to be "chronological" with the happenings of these rulers in both territories during the same periods of time. However, when you read 1 and 2 Chronicles you found that after the extensive list of names in chapters 1 through 9 of 1 Chronicles, that the rest of the book dealt with the life of David. Then when you get to 2 Chronicles you find that it is primarily the kings of Judah that are highlighted. One other thing you may have noted already that some of the unpleasant sins of David and Solomon mentioned in 2 Samuel and 1 Kings are not mentioned in 1 and 2 Chronicles. The Spirit of God oversaw what was included or left out of each book as He saw fit. But then you see other things mentioned in the Chronicles that were not mentioned in the books of the Kings.
1 Kings 10 - This chapter begins with the visit of the Queen of Sheba as she comes as an inquisitive visitor to see if what was told her about Solomon's wealth and his living arrangements were really half as true as she heard. To her amazement, she quickly realized that not even half of Solomon's splendor was told to her! She was dumbfounded to find Solomon's kingdom and his wisdom were far beyond her wildest dreams. The rest of the chapter speaks of Solomon's wealth which was the fulfillment of God's promise after He had given Solomon a chance to "ask whatever he wanted" back in chapter 3. When Solomon asked for wisdom, God gave him so much more.
1 Kings 11 - This is the "2 Samuel 11" of Solomon's life. Remember, back in 2 Samuel 11 David failed miserably. Here in 1 Kings 11 Solomon fails miserably. Simply put, he had "999 too many women in his life" verse 3! But worse yet, Solomon didn't repent of his sins as David did! It's a sad chapter of the Bible.
2 Chronicles 9 - This chapter speaks of the Queen of Sheba visiting Solomon. She came with questions and Solomon was able to answer literally all of them. She also came with gifts including spices in such abundance that never again would so many spices come at one time into Israel. However, what she received from Solomon in return far exceeded her own gifts to him. The rest of the chapter speaks of Solomon's riches and then his death.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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