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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Day 59 - 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge - 1 Kings 9 - 11 Great Adventure A Journey Through the Bible

Day 59 

1 Kings 9 - 11

Bible Time Period:  Royal Kingdom 
You established a kingdom on your servant David and promised him an eternal throne:  Establish your kingdom in our midst.

"And the whole earth sought

 the presence of Solomon to 
hear his wisdom, which
 God had put into his mind."
  (1 Kings 10:24)

The visit of the Queen of Sheba shows us the international invitation of the Davidic Covenant at work.  Under Solomon, Israel had grown into a power that all the nations of the world had to reckon with. But the reason for the Davidic kingdom was not creating an earthly empire, but drawing all the world to Zion.  Israel never became more than a small empire, but its religion spread to all the nations.  Jerusalem never grew to be a great metropolis, but it gave hope to all the world.

Solomon's power and glory, but most of all his wisdom, led the pagan Queen of Sheba to praise the God of Israel.  That was the ultimate purpose of the Davidic kingdom - not to give the people of Israel power and glory (which they didn't deserve any more than we do), but to draw all peoples to God. (Understanding the The Scriptures - A Complete Course on Bible Study, The Didache Series, page 212)

Today's Reading
1 Kings 9 - 11

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Solomon Meets Queen of Sheba - Edward Poynter

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