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Enemy at the Gates

Enemy at the Gates – Where is your heart? (1 Kings 6:37-7:1)

Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 5-7

Today’s Reflection: 1 Kings 6:37-7:1

37) In the fourth year the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid, in the month of Ziv. 38) And in the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished in all its parts, and according to all its specifications. He was seven years in building it.

7:1) Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished his entire house.

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King Solomon was given one of the greatest tasks entrusted to any person who had ever lived: building the temple of the Lord, the sanctuary patterned after the sanctuary in Heaven, the centre of spiritual life and worship for the nation of Israel.  Solomon’s father David had even longed to have this honour himself (2 Samuel 7:1-17).  So Solomon built the temple, according to the instructions given to him by God.  It took 7 years to build the magnificent edifice.

Then Solomon took nearly twice as long to build a much larger edifice.  For himself.  This thinking does beg some questions, most importantly this one: how does someone come to the conclusion that he is deserving of a larger and more magnificent home than God?

Solomon was a king, and he was living up to the expectations of a king, but he was a servant of God first and foremost.  This was something Solomon once understood.  When God asked him what he desired, Solomon didn’t ask for riches or wealth.  He asked for wisdom to lead Israel.  God granted him wisdom, and added wealth and riches besides.  But now years later, Solomon was beginning to get carried away with his wealth (a trend that would tragically continue as we will see).  Could this have been the first step to Solomon putting himself first, and his God in second place?

We have many resources and gifts given to us by God, most falling into one of three categories: time, talent and treasure.  And we constantly have to make choices about how to use them.  If we truly love God with all our heart, mind and soul (Matthew 22:37) we will be willing to put God’s purposes first in how we use our time, talent and treasure.

Matthew 6:21 – For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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