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Solomon’s Wisdom in the Temple 

First Kings 5

Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • August 17, In the year of our Lord, 2016


  1. First Kings 5.1 – Hiram and David

    1 Now Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon, because he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father, for Hiram had always loved David.

    1. This king of Tyre had godly wisdom.
      1. He loved David.
      2. He would love Solomon.
    2. However, something would change with the kings of Tyre,
      1. as with any nation.
      2. Ezekiel 28 shows how another king of Tyre started out, but
        1. then it also shows what went wrong.
        2. What happened?
  2. First Kings 5.2–6 – Lumber for the Temple

    2 Then Solomon sent to Hiram, saying:

    3 “You know how my father David could not build a house for the name of the LORD his God because of the wars which were fought against him on every side, until the LORD put his foes under the soles of his feet. 4 But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor evil occurrence. 5 And behold, I propose to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spoke to my father David, saying, ‘Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he shall build the house for My name.’ 6 Now therefore, command that they cut down cedars for me from Lebanon; and my servants will be with your servants, and I will pay you wages for your servants according to whatever you say. For you know there is none among us who has skill to cut timber like the Sidonians.”

    1. Why could David not build a house for the Lord?
      1. For how long did David fight his foes?
      2. In contrast, what were the conditions like under Solomon?
      3. To whom did Solomon give the credit?
    2. Why did Solomon say that he would build a house for God?
    3. What did Solomon want from King Hiram?
    4. Why did Solomon want that material from Hiram?
  3. First Kings 5.7–10 – Hiram and Solomon

    7 So it was, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly and said,

    “Blessed be the LORD this day, for He has given David a wise son over this great people!”

    8 Then Hiram sent to Solomon, saying:

    “I have considered the message which you sent me, and I will do all you desire concerning the cedar and cypress logs. 9 My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon to the sea; I will float them in rafts by sea to the place you indicate to me, and will have them broken apart there; then you can take them away. And you shall fulfill my desire by giving food for my household.”

    10 Then Hiram gave Solomon cedar and cypress logs according to all his desire.

    1. King Hiram rejoiced that the Lord had given David a wise son.
    2. Hiram would also rejoice for being able to have part in the construction.
    3. Hiram expected an equal exchange of goods.
      1. He would give Solomon all he desired of logs.
      2. He expected Solomon to fulfill his desire of food.
  4. First Kings 5.11 – Annual Payment

    11 And Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand kors of wheat as food for his household, and twenty kors of pressed oil. Thus Solomon gave to Hiram year by year.

    1. One kor equaled 59 gallons.
    2. It was not “pressed,” oil, as the NKJV and NIV have it, but
      1. beaten oil,
      2. making it more pure.
  5. First Kings 5.12 – The Lord Kept His Promise

    12 So the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as He had promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty together.

    1. Does it surprise you that the Lord gave to Solomon as promised?
    2. Why is it significant that peace existed between the two kings?
      1. Jos 21.43–45
      2. Jos 1.13–15
  6. First Kings 5.13–18 – The Temple Builders

    13 Then King Solomon raised up a labor force out of all Israel; and the labor force was thirty thousand men. 14 And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month in shifts: they were one month in Lebanon and two months at home; Adoniram was in charge of the labor force. 15 Solomon had seventy thousand who carried burdens, and eighty thousand who quarried stone in the mountains, 16 besides three thousand three hundred from the chiefs of Solomon’s deputies, who supervised the people who labored in the work. 17 And the king commanded them to quarry large stones, costly stones, and hewn stones, to lay the foundation of the temple. 18 So Solomon’s builders, Hiram’s builders, and the Gebalites quarried them; and they prepared timber and stones to build the temple.

    1. What was the total of the labor force going to Lebanon, the stone quarry, and those who carried burdens?
    2. The size of this project boggles the mind.
      1. It makes one wonder how large the force was to build the pyramids.
      2. What is the largest project you have ever worked on?