1 Kings, Chapter 5

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King Solomon Attends to His Most Important Work

Solomon’s reign is prosperous and the borders of his kingdom are vast and safe. Taxes fill his royal coffers and news of his wisdom reaches the four corners of the earth. King Solomon is now ready to build a temple for God. This task will be his life’s work and masterpiece. He is ready to translate his dream into a project that will forever change the history of his people. Every person must envision their desired future. David was denied the privilege of building a temple because of the many wars he fought. The time has come for Solomon to carry out this dream. His first task is to gather rocks and wood. He commissions workers to hew out rocks from the area around Jerusalem and orders cedar wood from Lebanon. Hiram, king of Tyre, vows to supply Solomon’s timber needs. However, a warning sign appears: Solomon is acquiring too many horses—a premonition of his eventual decadence.

“And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they brought presents, and served Solomon all the days of his life” (1 Kings 4:21)

“And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon” (1 Kings 4:25)

Nobility is adopting and practicing good traits, enabling us to rise to the highest levels of humanity.