The Spiritual Rise and Fall of Solomon the King of Israel
David had purposed to build the Lord a house; however, he would not be permitted to do so due to all the blood that he had shed in war (1 Chronicles 17:1; 2 Chronicles 22:8). The Lord explains the matter to David saying, “Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days. He shall build a house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever” (2 Chronicles 22:9-10).
Solomon was the son of David and Bathsheba and beloved of Jehovah God (2 Samuel 12:24). The life of Solomon may best be studied by dividing it into three sections according to the three times Jehovah appeared to the king. Continue reading » Solomon