Guard Against Distractions (Joshua 1:7-8)
March 30, 2003
I Kings 9:10-10:29
II Chron. 8-9
9:10 - “and it came to pass at the end of twenty years”
vs. 16,20-21 compared with II Chron. 8:7-8
A thing never to be forgotten, that the extermination
of the old possessors of the land had not been entire -
in I Kings 9:21 “were not able” where here with
exacter fidelity says “whom the children of Israel
Here we have descendants of five of seven nations
of which Moses had told them to consume. Deut. 7:1-6
vs. 1-13 - The visit of the Queen of Sheba.
We read of Solomon answering her hard questions
and showed her his palace but we do not hear of him
inviting her to go up with him into the house of the
Lord. The visit of the Queen of Sheba seems to
have been without any spiritual result.
She brought gold and sought wisdom - so the Magi.
She came from the ends of the earth, some three
v. 22 - Luxury items - Solomon is called to give a
witness to the world and the world is coming
to his door and he spends his time & energy
on apes and peacocks to satisfy a whim.
v. 26 - “and Solomon gathered together chariots &
horsemen” - expanded in an area in which
God had forbidden him - Deut. 17:16-17
What are we busy doing today that doesn’t amount
to a hill of beans?
Is. 55:2 - “Wherefore do ye spend money for that
which is not bread? and your labor for that
which satisfieth not?”
II Chron. 8
vs. 11-12 - We gather from the text that Solomon
felt that there was an unsuitableness & even
impropriety in having such a court in the rooms
where David had prayed & sung, beneath the
roof under which the ark of God had rested.
There must have been a little about the new
queen’s ways and those of her attendants
to scandalize the simple faith & conscientious
scruples of the people.
This was the beginning of that departure from the
simplicity and purity of Hebrew faith & morals which
ended in corruption & disaster of which we will study
This matrimonial alliance was not a diplomatic coup,
it was a distinct mistake. The king found that instead
of gracing his father’s home, his new Egyptian wife
could not take her place without profaning it.
The Queen was a heathen, however attractive or
lovely she may be - nothing can compensate for
the absence of religion.
The fact that Solomon could not lodge his wife in his
father’s house should have made him hesitate as to this
Israel was to go up to Jerusalem to the temple and
invite the world to come with her to worship.
The church is to begin at Jerusalem and go to the
ends of the earth - take the gospel to the world.