Summary 1 Kings 5:7-18:
The King of Tyre was pleased and praised God. He had the cedar trees cut down and floated he logs down by sea. He took payment in the form of food for his royal household. This relationship went on for many years, with Hiriam giving Solomon all the timber he wanted in exchange for food. They made a treaty together. The building of God’s temple began in earnest, with 10,000 men a month going to Lebanon and 70,000 men cutting stone and 3300 foremen to supervise. They removed stone for the foundation of the temple, and both the stone and the timber were prepared.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promised Land 1: Lesson 26, Day 3: 1 Kings 5:7-18:
6) Solomon got all the timber he needed in exchange for food from the King of Tyre. He coordinated the wood cutting and the stonecutters and had the wood and stone prepared. King Tyre also sent Huram-Abi, a man skilled in gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone, wood, and engraving to help with the design.
7) Personal Question. My answer: I had no thoughts except that this was how it was done in ancient times. I didn’t bat an eye. 1 Kings 9 tells us Solomon used only foreigners for the job. My study bible tells me that this use of foreigners creates dissension in the kingdom, especially amongst the northern tribes.
8 ) Personal Question. My answer: I happen to believe nothing is greater than my ability as long as I put my mind to it. I do want to write more novels. I do want to get promoted at work. I do want to not piss people off. In that respect, God has given me the desire to grow professionally and personally in the way I deal with other people. All things are possible with God and with Him leading, it all will happen.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promised Land 1 Lesson 26 Day 3:1 Kings 5:7-18:
Solomon takes the ball and runs with it here, getting everything prepared to perform this massive undertaking of building God’s temple (and his personal palace as well). He knows it’s God’s will, and everything falls into place to make it happen — just like He does in our lives when it’s His will and not our own.
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promised Land 1 Lesson 26, Day 3:1 Kings 5:7-18:
Solomon, in his God-given wisdom, continued the friendly relationship between Israel and Lebanon, each helping each other in a win/win relationship.
Solomon employed his workforce wisely.
- Solomon delegated responsibility to men like Adoniram.
- Instead of making the Israelites work constantly away from Israel and home, Solomon worked them in shifts.
Solomon used high-quality materials even in the foundation where the stones could not be seen.
- This show us how we should work for God: not for appearances.
- God works in us not for appearances.
- God builds the church not for appearances either, but for deep, foundational work.
“Some suppose that these Gebalites were the inhabitants of Byblos, at the foot of Mount Libanus, northward of Sidon, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea” (Clarke).