Tuesday, June 10, 2014

FORESHADOWING IN 1 KINGS - TROUBLE AHEAD FOR SOLOMON

When an O.T. writer inserts a paragraph that does not fit the narrative, it is to draw your attention to something. 1 Kings 7:1-12 is one of these. In the midst of the narrative of the construction of the temple, the writer inserts a paragraph about Solomon's house or palace. The "however" in verse one is elegant, pointing out Solomon took more time to build his house than God's house. Then, in describing the expensive materials used, he says "as was the inner courtyard of the temple of the Lord with its portico". (12) The writer is foreshadowing, noting that Solomon is building a great temple to the Lord, but maybe even a greater temple to himself. Trouble is coming.

We can appear devoted to the Lord. But closer examination may show we are more devoted to ourselves. May God help us to have perspective.

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