I’m part of a Skype Bible Study group & this is what we went over. Thought I’d share what I wrote. :)
Who wrote it: unsaid but probably a scribe
Key Figure: Solomon who asked for Wisdom from God
When: This was after King David’s reign who never finished building the temple. Here Solomon is trying to rebuild the temple God asked for.
I really like the old testament. I used to think I wouldn’t enjoy it as much because it didn’t have the to-do list of Christian living, but OT is important. It’s the groundwork and foundation of God’s promises which is the Messiah. It’s also crazy how we mirror the Israelites so much.
At this time God actually would talk to people where they heard his voice collectively. I think that’s pretty powerful. I know people now always ask for signs in their lives and complain when they don’t get it. They don’t have faith because God won’t reveal himself to them, but we all know “since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities.. have been clearly seen.” (Romans 1:20). God still shows himself today!
From this passage, I just see how many times the Israelites fail on being faithful to God who is always faithful to them. This is very applicable to now. The verse that stood out to me a lot is when the LORD appears to Solomon again: “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
The point of the temple isn’t for God but really for the Israelites. It would give them a place to worship which would cultivate a HEART of worship. Their big problem was pride. God wants them to humble themselves because HE is what’s best for them and not their own thoughts/motives/heart, etc. Even today I know I struggle with pride. Sometimes I think things are too small to worry God over or maybe I can handle it and give him the big stuff. If you have control issues, it’s a pride issue. If you get upset when someone cuts you in line/driving, it’s a pride issue. Anything self-centered is related to pride and self worship because you think you know what’s best rather than God knowing what’s best.
Solomon was given wisdom and writes about Pride a lot all over Proverbs.
- "Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord." (Prov. 16:5)
- "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom." (Prov. 11:2)
- "One’s pride will bring him low…" (Proverbs 29:23)
- "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18)
You can even see the original sin as Pride when Satan fell. He wanted to be like God who is “Most High.” (Ezekiel 28:13-19)
I pray constantly that I have a humble spirit. Sorry for the lengthy write up, but I hope it blesses you. :)