May 24, 2016
1 Kings 4
LET IT GLOW
The hand who rocks the cradle controls the world, so the saying goes. Are we realizing how much of an influence we are to our family, community, and world? Bathsheba had an influence on Solomon's life, the third king of Israel. We saw evidence of this when she was deceived into trying to persuade her son to make a decision what could have potentially cost him his kingdom, without her realizing it. The values we instill in our children while they are young lasts a lifetime. Whether they implement those is up to them. What kind of influence are we today?
Solomon was the third king of Israel and David's chosen heir. He is considered the wisest man who ever lived, with God as his source. He wrote Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes, books of the O. T. as well as 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs. Not only were those his accomplishments, but Solomon is remembered as building the God's Temple in Jerusalem. Among his deeds is included diplomat, trader, collector, and patron of the arts. [Resource: Life Application Study Bible]
First mentioned are the princes (sar in Hebrew), which were not members of the royal family, but high ranking officials. He kept some of David's officials for his administration, his cabinet. Solomon did find a need to enlarge his staff. Solomon's kingdom was the largest in Israel's history, according to verse 21. Those were days of peace and prosperity. However, later during Solomon's reign, Judah separated from Israel.
Well, who were these men in Solomon's bureaucratic structure?
- Three scribes, Elihoreph, Ahiah, and Zadok, who were recorders for the archives.
- Benaiah was promoted to captain of the host.
- Zaok and Abiathar were the priests. (This was before Abiathar was removed from office.)
- Two sons of Nathan the prophet, Azariah, who was over the officers, and Zabud, the principal officer and king's friend, as well as possibly one of a confidential advisor to the king.
- Ahishar was over the affairs of the palace.
- Adoniram, probably referred to as Adoram in David's administration, oversaw the tribute, tax or forced labor. He served in three administrations, David's, Solomon's, and Rehoboam's.
Do we consider our work as a part of the kingdom of God work? Are we doing the best we can for His glory? Do we witness in our workplace?
LET IT GROW
In chapter 4, we realize how well organized Solomon was. He established 11 high officials, who had specific duties, 12 district deputies (1 per tribe), and a general manager in charge of the 12. Each person had responsibilities in their territory to manage. Due to Solomon's kingdom being so large, this was essential for his government to be effective. Verses 7-19 give the officers and their districts, which I will not list here.
Judah is not included, which may have tribute to their separation from Israel.
It is important that we have godly leaders in our government positions. Let us remember to pray as election time is nearing.
LET IT GO
Consider my position as worthwhile in God's kingdom work.
Honor God in my work.
Pray for my nation's leaders and potential ones.