June 9 – Solomon’s Temple!

1 Kings 5:1-6:38
Acts 7:1-29
Psalm 127:1-5
Proverbs 16:28-30

1 Kings 5:7 — How great is it that your father’s friends will bless the LORD, and that your father’s legacy is continued!

1 Kings 6:1 — This is the anchor dating passage for the Old Testament. Four hundred eighty years from the Exodus to the construction of the Temple. That connects 1446 (date of the Exodus) to 966 BC.

1 Kings 6:7 — Amazing! A massive construction project but no sound of jackhammers, axes, or iron tools while it was under construction!

1 Kings 6:12 — What does the LORD say is the one condition for Solomon to have a successful reign? Obedience! Have we heard this before?

1 Kings 6:38 — How is that for an impressive project? Tens of thousands of people working for seven years!

Acts 7:2 — Stephen, a man willing to wait on tables, was able to preach and recite Hebrew history. We see here that Genesis and the early Exodus history is summarized in twenty-eight verses. The Torah is very relevant to the New Testament.

Psalm 127:1 — Great reminder of Proverbs 19:21, James 4:13-16, and Luke 12:16-21.

Psalm 127:3 — Children are a blessing and are important to society:

The United States is in the midst of what some worry is a baby crisis. The number of women giving birth has been declining for years and just hit a historic low. If the trend continues — and experts disagree on whether it will — the country could face economic and cultural turmoil.

Washington Post

Proverbs 16:28 — Are you a uniter or a divider?

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