Monday, May 21, 2012
Welcome to Day 141 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
1 Kings 7, “It took Solomon thirteen years,
to complete the construction of his palace.”
2 Chronicles 4 describes the temple furnishings, also described in 1 Kings 7.
Psalm 98 is considered a “royal” psalm. The theme is deliverance, past, present and future!
Romans 2 addresses the value of circumcision and what makes a Jew a Jew. v 28 “A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. 29 No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code.”
Always an interesting discussion when the topic of judging others comes up…
Only took seven years to construct the temple… but it took thirteen years to build his own palace? Sounds like Solomon finished his palace in similar fashion as the temple with high-quality stone and cedar…
Wondering if this was ok with God. What God’s perspective on this will be, if it’s ever made known? Is it just… the way it is? Does it even (really) matter that Solomon’s palace is considerably larger than the temple he built?
God gave him all that wealth, other than what he inherited from his father David… So maybe it just isn’t an issue at all?
It just surprises me.
I wonder how often I put myself first. My wants, my needs, my palace.
Lord, may the palace I build for myself never be bigger than the temple I build for you…