2 Chronicles 9-10

2 Chronicles 9-10

Chapter 9: Queen of Sheba and Solomon

When the Queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to ask very hard questions of Solomon to prove of his wisdom and knowledge. After the Queen of Sheba heard the answers, wisdom and the house and all that Solomon had built. She approved. She didn’t believe until she saw with her own eyes, but after seeing everything she knew that people had only told of half the greatness of Solomon. She gave Solomon 120 talents of gold, precious spices in abundance and many precious stones.

Solomon also received gold, algum trees and precious stones from Huram. With the algum trees, Solomon made terraces and harps. The amount of gold that came into Solomon in just one year was six hundred and three score and six talents of gold. This equates to about 49,950 pounds of gold or about 25 tons! OR 799,200 ounces! The current rate of gold per ounce right now is; $1,100! OR $879,120,000
per year! Almost one billion dollars, per year! In this chapter it mentions that, this did not include all of what the kings of Arabia or the chapmen or merchants.

Solomon made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with gold, with six steps to the throne with a footstool of gold with two lions standing by the stays. King Solomon passed the wealth of all the kings of the earth, all of the kings of the earth sought for the Wisdom of Solomon.

Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots and twelve thousand horsemen. The rest of the acts of Solomon are written in the book of Nathan and in the prophecy of Ahijah and the visions of Iddo. The Lost Books of the Bible! Solomon reigned for 40 years and then died.

Chapter 10: Rehoboam is an Idiot

Rehoboam went to Shechem and all of Israel to make him King. Jeroboam and all of Israel came unto Rehoboam saying: “Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee” (2 Chronicles 10:4) and so Rehoboam told them to return in 3 days and they people left.

Rehoboam goes to his counsel of old men and they tell him that if he listens to the people and speak kind words unto them, then they will serve you forever. But the younger counsel tells him to make their burdens even heavier.

So 3 days passes and the people return to Rehoboam and he tell them; “…My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.” (2 Chronicles 10:14). Obviously the people did not like these words and when Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute, the children of Israel stoned him to death and Rehoboam had to flee in his chariot from the city of Jerusalem. The people rebelled against the house of David from then on.

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1 Kings 9-10

1 Kings 9-10

Chapter 9: Promises of Blessings

The Lord again appears to Solomon and promises him great blessings if the Israelites are obedient and great cursing’s if they chose to forsake the Lord. Solomon reigns with power, authority and splendor. He is able to levy a tribute on all the non-Israelite residents and starts his own Navy.

Chapter 10: Queen of Sheba Visits King Solomon

Because of the great success of King Solomon as nearby Queen, the Queen of Sheba hears about this and decides to see for herself, because she did not believe what she heard. So she travels to meet King Solomon, and with her she travels as a train of camels carrying all manner of riches. When she arrives and meets King Solomon she says;

“…It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believe not the words until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame I heard” (1 Kings 10:6-7)

How often do people down play something they heard? Never. Which means that until you met King Solomon in person you would never be able to understand the kind of wisdom and wealth that he was in possession of.

It says that King Solomon exceeded the wealth of any other leader in the world at that time. It goes on to say that the entire world longed to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. He was so well liked that every year he would receive gifts of gold, silver and fine things.

 

2 Samuel 19-20

2 Samuel 19-20

Chapter 19: David Returns to Jerusalem

As all of Israel celebrates their great victory, they start to succeed into their homes, because of the great anguish of the king. The people feel like they have won the war, and should be proud… but feel guilt for celebrating the death of the King’s son, so they become ashamed. Joab goes into King David and tells him that he needs to give up his mourning. After all there does exist something called too much mourning. He tells King David that he is being selfish and needs to get out and speak to his people and encourage them.

The people of Israel needed to see their king in his place of authority. Although David doesn’t want to reign, if the people don’t want him. So the tribes of Israel organize together and make a collective decision about whether or not to have David back as their king.

David agrees to replace Joab with Amasa, who will be the new leader of the army. This is to put Joab in his place and also show face to the side that had supported Absalom.

Shimei comes before David and asks for his forgiveness. Remember Shimei? He threw rocks at David in chapter 16. Also remember Mephiboseth? The one who was slandered by his servant Ziba in chapter 16? Well Mephiboseth tells King David that he really wasn’t trying to take the kingdom from him. So King David takes half of the land which he had granted to Ziba and gave it to Mephiboseth, because he did not believe on going back on his promise (even if it was a promise made under false information.)

Chapter 20: Sheba Leads Away the Tribes

David officially returns to Jerusalem and finds insurrection. Sheba was running the rebellion and believed that David was not eligible, nor did he belong on the throne. Sheba manages to take 10 tribes of Israel away, but Judah remained loyal to their king.

David takes the 10 concubines that were raped by Absalom and has them “shut up”, secluded and away from everyone until the day they died. What can we learn from that? OUR SIN AFFECTS OTHERS! If we use our agency to do evil, like steal, cheat, murder and rape… we are hurting others!

David commands Amasa to assemble an army to try and reason with Sheba. He gives him 3 days to complete the task. Impatience David decides to send a second army led by Joab because Amasa was late in returning. The second army catches up with Amasa and Joab decides to kill him; for two reasons: One, it is a rivalry. Amasa took his job! Second, Joab doesn’t believe that Amasa is actually on David’s side and is worried that he could be against him. While Sheba is hiding in the city of Abel, Joab and his army come to the gates and speak with the people, telling them that all they want is Sheba and they won’t harm the city. So the people of Abel, decide that they don’t want trouble! So they kill Sheba, cut off his head and toss it out to Joab! David reigns again and Joab remains the leader/captain of his army!