Do you realize the benefits of walking in alignment to God’s will? Do you realize the benefits of obedience to God’s calling, God’s Word, and God’s purpose for your life? Do you realize the benefits of walking under the protection and covering of God? Do you realize the benefits to a country whose God is the Lord? Do you realize the benefits to a country whose leaders are walking with a heart after God’s? Do you realize that it matters what you believe and what you in alignment to your beliefs?
If we look at back history and the pendulum of when people did walk in alignment and then when they walked away and the impact it had on society. If we consider where we are at today and where we are in that swing, this year could be a tipping point that makes it swing the other way making things worse if more people walk away from God.
Today’s reading brings us to when Solomon has become king and is walking in alignment and leading the people in alignment with God…
Wealth and Wisdom
1Now Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the River to the land of the Philistines up to the border of Egypt. They brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life. 2Solomon’s provision for one day was 30 measures of fine flour, 60 measures of meal, 3 10 fat oxen, 20 pasture-fed oxen, 100 sheep, beside deer, gazelles, roebucks and fatted geese. 4For he had dominion over the entire region west of the River, from Tiphsah even to Gaza, over all the kings west of the River; and he had shalom on all sides around him. 5So Judah and Israel lived securely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon. 6Solomon had 40,000 stalls of horses for his chariots, and 12,000 horsemen. 7So those officers provided food for King Solomon and all who came to King Solomon’s table, each in his month. They let nothing be lacking. 8They also brought barley and straw for the horses and swift steeds to the place where it should be, each according to his charge. 9God gave Solomon wisdom and discernment in great measure, and a breadth of understanding as vast as the sand on the seashore. 10Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. 11For he was wiser than all men—than Ethan the Ezrahite, or Heman, Calcol and Darda, sons of Mahol—and his fame was in all the surrounding nations. 12He also composed 3,000 proverbs and his songs were 1,005. 13He also spoke about trees, from the cedar in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall, and he spoke about beasts, birds, creeping things and fish. 14People came from everywhere to hear the wisdom of Solomon—from all kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.
Hiram Offers Materials
15Then King Hiram of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon, when he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father, for Hiram was always a friend of David. 16So Solomon sent word to Hiram saying: 17“You know how my father David could not build a House for the Name of Adonai his God because of the wars around him on every side, until Adonai put them under the soles of my feet. 18But now Adonai my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor bad incident. 19So behold, I intend to build a House for the Name of Adonai my God, as Adonai spoke to my father David saying: ‘Your son, whom I will set upon your throne in your place, he will build the House for My Name.’ 20“So now, command that they cut cedars from Lebanon for me. My servants will be with your servants, and I will give you wages for your servants according to whatever you say; for as you know, there is none among us who knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians.” 21When Hiram heard Solomon’s words, he rejoiced greatly and said: “Blessed be Adonai today, who has given to David a wise son over this great people.” 22So Hiram sent word to Solomon saying: “I have heard the message that you sent to me. I will do all you desire concerning the cedar and cypress timber. 23My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon to the sea, and I will make them into rafts to go by sea to the place that you indicate to me. There I will break them up and you will carry them away. Then you will accomplish my desire by giving food for my household.” 24So Hiram kept providing Solomon with cedar and cypress timber, as much as he desired, 25and Solomon gave Hiram 20,000 measures of wheat for food for his household and 20 measures of beaten oil. Thus Solomon would give to Hiram year by year. 26Adonai gave Solomon wisdom as He promised him, so there was shalom between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them cut a covenant. 27King Solomon also imposed forced laborers from all Israel—the levy was 30,000 men. 28He sent them to Lebanon, in shifts of 10,000 a month: they would stay a month in Lebanon, then two months at home. Adoniram was over the forced labor. 29Solomon had 70,000 porters, and 80,000 stonecutters in the mountains, 30besides Solomon’s chief officers that were over the work—3,300 who supervised the people who were doing the work. 31Then the king commanded, and they quarried great stones, costly stones, to lay the foundation of the House with cut stones. 32So Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders along with the Gebalites cut them, and prepared the timber and the stones to build the House.
–from 1 Kings 5
Will you be willing to pass on God’s instruction to the next generation? Will you be willing to provide resources that will allow the next generation to answer their calling? Will you make sure they know who God is and to build their relationship with Him? Will you provide them an example of how good God is and the benefits of following His instructions?
Building the Temple
1Now it came to pass, 480 years after the children of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month Ziv (which is the second month), that he began to build Adonai’s House. 2Now the House that King Solomon built for Adonai was 60 cubits long, 20 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. 3The porch in front of the Sanctuary of the House was 20 cubits in length—corresponding to the breadth of the House—and its depth was ten cubits from the front of the House. 4Also for the House he made windows with artistic frames. 5Against the wall of the House he built a side-structure surrounding both the Temple and the inner Sanctuary; thus he made side-chambers all around. 6The lowest story was five cubits wide, the middle was six cubits wide, and the third was seven cubits wide. All around on the outside he provided offset ledges in the wall of the House, so that the beams would not be inserted into the walls of the House. 7For the House, while being constructed, was built of stone finished at the quarry; with neither hammer, axe nor any iron tool heard in the House during its construction. 8The doorway to the lowest story of the side chambers was on the right side of the House. They went up by winding stairs to the middle story, and from the middle to the third. 9When he finished building the House, he covered the House with beams and planks of cedar. 10He built the stories of the side-structure against the whole House, each five cubits high, and they were fastened to the House with timbers of cedar. 11Then the word of Adonai came to Solomon saying: 12“As for this House which you are building, if you will walk in My statutes, execute My ordinances and keep all My mitzvot by walking in them, then I will establish My word with you, which I spoke to your father David, 13I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel.” 14So Solomon built the House and finished it. 15He paneled the walls of the House on the inside with cedar planks of cedar; from the floor of the House to the ceiling he overlaid on the inside with wood; and he overlaid the floor of the House with planks of cypress. 16Then he partitioned off 20 cubits at the rear part of the House, using cedar boards from the floor to the ceiling, building it as the inner Sanctuary—the Holy of Holies. 17The House, that is, the Sanctuary, was 40 cubits long in front of the inner Sanctuary. 18The cedar of the interior of the House was carved as gourds and open flowers. All was cedar; no stone was visible. 19He prepared an inner Sanctuary within the House, to set there the ark of the covenant of Adonai. 20The inner Sanctuary was twenty cubits in length, twenty cubits in breadth and twenty cubits in height. He overlaid it with pure gold, and overlaid the cedar altar. 21So Solomon overlaid the interior of the House with pure gold; and he drew chains of gold across the front of the inner Sanctuary, and overlaid it with gold. 22So the entire House he overlaid with gold until the entire House was finished; even the entire altar by the inner Sanctuary he overlaid with gold. 23In the inner Sanctuary he made two cheruvim of olive wood, each ten cubits high. 24The length of one wing of the cheruv was five cubits and the length of the other wing of the cheruv was five cubits—ten cubits from the end of one wing to the end of the other, 25and the other cheruv was also ten cubits. Both cheruvim were the same in measure and form: 26the height of the one cheruv was ten cubits and so the other cheruv. 27Then he placed the cheruvim inside the inner House. When the wings of the cheruvim extended, the wing of the one touched one wall while the wing of the other cheruv touched the other wall, while their wings in the center of the House touched one another. 28He also overlaid the cheruvim with gold. 29Then he carved all the walls surrounding the House with carved engravings of cheruvim, palm trees and open flowers, in both the inner and outer rooms, 30and he also covered the floor of both the inner and the outer rooms of the House with gold. 31For the entrance of the inner Sanctuary he made doors of olive wood, the frame of the doorposts having five angles. 32As for the double doors of olive wood, he carved on them carvings of cheruvim, palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid them with gold. He beat out gold over the cheruvim and over the palm trees. 33He also made for the Temple entrance four-sided doorposts of olive wood 34and double doors of cypress wood. The two leaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding. 35He carved cheruvim, palm trees and open flowers on them and overlaid them with gold evenly applied on the graven work. 36He built the inner court with three rows of cut stone and a row of cedar beams. 37In the fourth year, in the month of Ziv, the foundation of the House of Adonai was laid, 38and in the eleventh year, in the month of Bul (which is the eighth month), the House was completed in all its parts and according to all its details. So he was seven years building it.
–from 1 Kings 6
Prepare and provide…
1Solomon recruited 70,000 men as carriers, 80,000 as stonecutters in the mountains and 3,600 supervisors over them. 2Then Solomon sent word to Huram the king of Tyre saying, “Deal with me as you did with my father David when you sent him cedars to build a house to dwell in. 3Behold, I am about to build a House for the Name of Adonai my God and to dedicate it to Him for burning fragrant incense before Him, for regular arrangement of the Bread of the Presence and for burnt offerings every morning and evening as well as on Shabbatot, New Moons and moadim of Adonai Eloheinu. Upon Israel this is forever. 4“The House that I am about to build will be great, because our God is greater than all the gods. 5But who is able to build Him a House, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain Him? Who then am I that I should build Him a House—except to burn incense before Him? 6“So now, send me a man skilled to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, and in purple, crimson and blue yarn, and experienced in engraving, to work in Judah and Jerusalem with the skilled men who are with me, whom my father David provided. 7Send me also cedar, evergreen and algum logs from Lebanon, for I know that your servants are skilled in cutting timber in Lebanon. Indeed my servants will work with yours 8to prepare an abundance of timber for me, because the House that I am about to build will be large and magnificent. 9Now, behold, I will give to your servants, the woodsmen who cut the timber, 20,000 measures of ground wheat, 20,000 measures of barley, 20,000 vats of wine and 20,000 vats of oil.” 10Then King Huram of Tyre, replied in a letter that he sent to Solomon, “Because Adonai loves His people, He has made you king over them.” 11Then Huram continued, “Blessed be Adonai, the God of Israel, who made heaven and earth. He gave King David a wise son, endowed with insight and understanding, who will build a House for Adonai and a royal house for himself. 12So now I am sending Huram-abi—a skilled man endowed with understanding 13who is the son of a woman from the daughters of Dan and whose father was a man from Tyre—a man skilled to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, in purple and blue, fine linen and crimson, and to engrave all kinds of engraving, and who can execute any design given to him. He will work with your skilled men and with the skilled men of my lord David your father. 14Now let my lord send to his servants the wheat and barley, the oil and wine he has promised 15and we will cut as many logs from Lebanon as much as you need, and float them in rafts by sea to Jaffa. You can then take them up to Jerusalem.” 16Solomon counted all the foreign men in the land of Israel, like the census that his father David had taken, and 153,600 were found. 17He appointed 70,000 of them to carry loads, 80,000 to quarry stones in the mountains, and 3,600 overseers to supervise the people working.
–from 2 Chronicles 2
Do and obey…
Solomon Builds the Temple in Jerusalem
1Then Solomon began to build the House of Adonai in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah—where Adonai appeared to his father David—at the place that David prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 2He began to build on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign. 3Now the foundation Solomon laid for the building of the House of God was 60 cubits long and 20 cubits wide, according to the old standard. 4The porch in front of the House along its width was 20 cubits and its height was 120 cubits, and the inside was overlaid with pure gold. 5He paneled the main hall with cypress wood, which he overlaid with fine gold and embossed on it palm trees and chains. 6He adorned the House with precious stones and the gold he used was gold from Parvaim. 7Furthermore He overlaid the beams, thresholds, walls and doors of the House with gold and carved cheruvim on the walls. 8He made the Holy of Holies, its length corresponding to the width of the House—20 cubits long and 20 cubits wide. He overlaid it with 600 talents of fine gold. 9The weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. He also overlaid the upper rooms with gold. 10Next he made two sculptured cheruvim in the Holy of Holies and overlaid them with gold. 11The wingspan of the cheruvim was 20 cubits. One wing of the first cheruv was five cubits long and touched the wall of the House, while the other wing, also five cubits long, touched the wing of the other cheruv. 12Similarly, one wing of the second cheruv was five cubits long and touched the wall of the House, while the other wing, also five cubits long, touched the wing of the other cheruv. 13Thus the wingspan of these cheruvim was 20 cubits. They stood on their feet facing the main hall. 14Furthermore, he made the veil of blue, purple, crimson yarn and fine linen with cheruvim worked into it. 15In the front of the House he made two pillars 35 cubits high, each with a capital on the top measuring five cubits. 16He made interwoven chains for the inner Sanctuary and put them on top of the pillars. He also made 100 pomegranates and attached them to the chains. 17He erected the pillars in front of the Temple, one to the south and the other to the north. The one to the south he named Jachin and the one to the north Boaz.
–from 2 Chronicles 3
The law helped us realize we needed a savior! Jesus came to make a way and bridge the gap so that we could be reconciled back to God! Jesus created a new covenant through His own sacrifice on the cross to pay for our sins from then till forever. Now the decisions is yours… Will you receive this gift of the new covenant? Will you receive the gift of forgiveness? Will you receive this gift of love?
Melechizedek , a Kohen Forever
1For this Melechizedek was king of Salem, kohen of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, 2and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth of everything. First, by the translation of his name, he is “King of Righteousness”; and then also King of Salem, which is “King of Shalom.” 3Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life but made like Ben-Elohim, he remains a kohen for all time. 4Now see how great this man is! Even Abraham the patriarch gave him a tenth out of the plunder. 5Indeed, those sons of Levi who receive the priesthood have, according to Torah, a command to collect a tithe from the people—that is, from their kin, although they have come out of the loins of Abraham. 6But this one—who did not have their genealogy—has collected tithes from Abraham and has blessed him, the one holding the promises. 7Now it is beyond dispute that the lesser is blessed by the greater. 8In one case, dying men receive tithes; but in the other, one about whom it is testified that he lives on. 9Through Abraham even Levi, the one receiving tithes, has paid the tithe, so to speak— 10for he was still in his father’s loins when Melechizedek met him.
Yeshua, Our Kohen Gadol Forever
11Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for based on it the people had been given the Torah), what further need was there for a different kohen to arise—designated according to the order of Melechizedek , not according to the order of Aaron? 12For whenever the priesthood is altered, out of necessity an alteration of law also takes place. 13For the one about whom these things are said belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar. 14For it is clear that our Lord has sprung forth from Judah—concerning this tribe, Moses said nothing about kohanim. 15And it is even more evident, if another kohen arises like Melechizedek — 16one made not by virtue of a Torah requirement of physical descent, but by virtue of the power of an indestructible life. 17For it is testified, “You are a kohen forever, according to the order of Melechizedek .” 18For on the one hand, a former requirement is set aside because of its weakness and ineffectiveness— 19for Torah made nothing perfect. But on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. 20Moreover, it was not without a sworn oath. (Others indeed have become kohanim without a sworn oath, 21but He with an oath—sworn by the One who said to Him, “Adonai has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘You are a kohen forever.’”) 22How much more then has Yeshua become the guarantee of a better covenant. 23Now on the one hand, many have become kohanim, who through death are prevented from continuing in office. 24But on the other hand, the One who does remain forever has a permanent priesthood. 25Therefore He is also able to save completely those who draw near to God through Him, always living to make intercession for them. 26For such a Kohen Gadol was fitting for us: holy, guiltless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27He has no need to offer up sacrifices day by day like those other kohanim g’dolim—first for their own sins and then for the sins of the people. For when He offered up Himself, He did this once for all. 28For the Torah appoints as kohanim g’dolim men who have weakness; but the word of the oath, which came after the Torah, appoints a Son—made perfect forever.
–from Hebrews 7