Daily Bible Reading for September 16, 2014, with Commentary: 2 Chronicles 1-5
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Author: Unknown, possibly Ezra
Date: Unknown, after the return of the Israelites from captivity
Context: Following David’s death, Solomon became king of Israel. Solomon requested from the Lord God wisdom and knowledge. It was a wise request and the Lord blessed him for it. Notice what Solomon did not ask for: spiritual discernment. Lacking spiritual discernment would lead to Solomon’s downfall, which Solomon began early in his role as king. The next four chapters of today’s reading focuses on the building of the Temple. This was Solomon’s greatest accomplishment before the Lord. Many details are provided for the temple. What is focused on and why is important to the Lord? Although the Temple was small compared to pagan temples, considerable wealth, silver and gold, went into constructing the Temple. After the temple was completed, the Ark of the Covenant was placed in the Temple.