God warns Solomon that if his descendants fall away from God, then the temple will become a heap of rubble
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Welcome to Livin’ Light’s Bible-In-A-Year challenge of discovering God’s love for us and His purpose for our lives. Here is the format for this great adventure: The daily reading assignment is posted at 5 a.m. After each day’s reading, Leigh An Coplin, the blog host, shares observations and poses questions about difficult passages to Rob Fields, who studied Christian Education at Asbury Seminary and currently teaches Biology in the Orlando area. To start from the beginning, click on 365 Bible Readings and scroll down to Day 1. The reading schedule is taken from The One Year Chronological Bible NLT. 

Today’s reading
1 Kings 8:54-66
2 Chronicles 7:1-10
1 Kings 9:1-9
2 Chronicles 7:11-22
1 Kings 9:10-14
(966-946 BC) Click here for a timeline of the entire Bible.

Questions & Observations

Q. (1 Kings 8:54-66): I can’t imagine a festival this big or long.  Not to mention the clean-up and exhaustion. It doesn’t tell us how many people attended, but I would imagine it was a bunch.  President Obama’s inaugurations were estimated at 1.8 million for his first term and 1 million for his second.

A. I’m sure the nation’s event planners made a fortune.  No, seriously, there were regular gatherings like this one in Jerusalem — the story tells us that the people would have been coming to the city anyway to celebrate the Festival of Shelters/Tabernacles, described in Leviticus 23.  So this basically was an expanded version of an already existing festival.  Since David had established Jerusalem as his throne, it was very likely that people had been coming to the city in large numbers for many years.  The same will be true in Jesus’s day: one of the things that historians tell us about the Passover that was being celebrated during Jesus’ last week was that there were probably close to a million pilgrims in and around the city for the festival.  There is no reason to assume it didn’t also happen in a more ancient time.

Q. (1 Kings 9:1-9): So we find out that God is very pleased with the Lord’s temple that Solomon built.  God follows this praise with a challenging charge.  Solomon has a pretty tall order:  If he obeys God and keeps His commands, a descendant of David will always be on the throne.  That is a lot of weight for one man to carry.  Solomon is off to a good start.

A. Yes he is.

Q. (1 Kings 9:10-14): This seems to be another foreshadowing of consequences Solomon will face from not giving his best or better to Hiram who had given so much of himself to build the temple.

A. That does seem to be a pretty nasty move, doesn’t it?  Not a good sign.

Proof: Millions of animal bones found in Jerusalem, https://www.nbcnews.com/sciencemain/animal-sacrifice-temple-powered-ancient-jerusalems-economy-8c11073738

For further study
— “Bloodbath” sets tone for what is to come, https://www.dailyadvocate.com/2021/03/26/a-biblical-bloodbath/
— How could thousands of sacrifices happen in a two-week period? https://www.gotquestions.org/animal-sacrifices-in-the-Old-Testament.html

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Tomorrow’s reading
— 2 Chronicles 8:1-18
— 1 Kings 9:15-10:13
— 2 Chronicles 9:1-12
— 1 Kings 10:14-29
— 2 Chronicles 9:13-28
— 2 Chronicles 1:14-17