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God gave Solomon an opportunity to ask for anything and so he asked for wisdom and knowledge to lead the people. God was pleased that he asked for that as opposed to wealth, so He gave Solomon all of that and more wealth then any king from anytime.
The ark brought into the Temple
Solomon ask that it be brought up and the Levites did, and so many sheep and cattle were sacrificed that could not be counted. The ark was brought to the inner sanctuary, the Most Holy Place, under the wings of the Cherubim. Then the temple was filled with a cloud which was God's Spirit and the priests couldn't work.
Solomon’s dedication of the Temple
Solomon on the bronze platform in the outer court prayed to God to dedicate the Temple. Then fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offerings and sacrifices and the Levites could not enter the temple because the glory of God filled it.Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the Lord. 5 And King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand head of cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. So the king and all the people dedicated the temple of God.
Queen of Sheba’s visit to Solomon
When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. Arriving with a very great caravan—with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones—she came to Solomon and talked with him about all she had on her mind.2 Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for him to explain to her. 3 When the queen of Sheba saw the wisdom of Solomon, as well as the palace he had built, 4 the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, the cupbearers in their robes and the burnt offerings he made at[a] the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed.
Israel rebels against Rehoboam
Solomon's son was requested to lighten the yoke on the people of Israel but he didn't take the advice of the elders but of his young friends to tell them that he was going to increase the workload and so they rebelled against him. Only the Israelites in Judah didn't.
Asa’s defeat of Cushites vs. the handling of Baasha’s attack
Asa completed depended on God for the Cushites and the way he handled Baasha's attack was to not trust God but to take gold and silver from His temple and give it to the King of Aram in which he made a treaty with and 2 Chronicles 16:9. Asa got a disease in his feet and did not seek God.
In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the Lord, but only from the physicians. Then in the forty-first year of his reign Asa died and rested with his ancestors.
The outcome of the Battle of Ramoth Gilead
- 2 Chronicles 18:28
- King Ahab of Israel convinced King Jehoshaphat of Judah to fight the Arameans
- Jehoshaphat was saved by the Lord but Ahab was hit and killed by a stray arrow
Jehoshaphat’s defeat of Ammon, Moab & Mount Seir
- 2 Chronicles 20:1
- Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast for all Judah
- Prayed publicly
- A levite stood up and said the battle would be fought and won by the Lord.
- They marched to the battlefield only to find the already dead bodies.
- It took 3 days to carry off all the plunder
The account of Joash becoming King of Judah
- Was hid by his aunt in the temple for 6 years while his grandmother Athaliah was in control.
- He became king at 7 years old with the help of the priest Jehoiada
The death of Jehoiada at 130 years old and Judah’s apostasy
- Buried with the kings for all the good he did for God and the temple
- Protector and teacher of King Joash
- They then abandoned the temple of the Lord and worshipped Asherah poles and idols
- God sent prophets to testify against them to turn them back but they did not listen
- The people stoned Zechariah in the courtyard of the temple
- Because of their apostasy, even a small army of Arameans defeated and killed the leaders of Judah and Joash was left severely wounded.
- Joash's own officials murdered him in his bed
Uzziah’s early years vs. his later years
- Became king of Judah at 16
- Reigned 52 years
- Did what was right in the eyes of the Lord during the years of Zechariah and God made him very powerful
- Later in life after he became powerful, his pride was his downfall
- He entered the temple and burned incense to the Lord unauthorized
- The priests followed him in and confronted him and he became leprous on his forehead and stayed leprous till he died
King Ahaz in his time of trouble
- Father of Hezekiah
- Did what was evil in God's sight
- Took captive wives of their own people and God's anger burned against him
- Went to king of Assyria for help but they brought trouble instead
- In his time of trouble he became even more unfaithful to the Lord and offered sacrifice to the gods of the nations that defeated him thinking that if they helped them, they may help him
- He shut the doors of the Temple and set up alters on the street corners of Jerusalem
King Hezekiah’s opening of the temple
Spent the 1st 16 days of his reign purifying the Levites and the Temple of God that his father Ahaz had closed.
King Hezekiah’s celebration of the Passover
- Letters sent throughout the land inviting people to come celebrate the passover because it had not been celebrated in many years.
- Some scorned them, but others humbled themselves and came
- Some did not clean themselves appropriately but Hezekiah prayed for them and God heard and healed them.
King Hezekiah’s defeat of Sennacherib
- Sennacherib king of Assyria invaded Judah
- Hezekiah cut the water supply to the surrounding areas
- Hezekiah encouraged the people saying that the Assyrians only have flesh power, but they have God
- The Lord sent an angel and killed 185000 of Sennacherib's men
Contracted a boil. God sent a miraculous sign but Hezekiah became prideful and did not respond. Isaiah came and he cried and God added 15 more years to his life.
- Son of Hezekiah
- Became king at 12 yrs
- Did evil and rebuilt the alters his father destroyed
- The Assyrians came and put a hook in his nose and drug him as prisoner to Babylon
- In his distress he repented and prayed
The destruction of Jerusalem
After many years of God's patience pleading with the people of Israel to repent, they refused and mocked God. He delivered them into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar of the Babylonians.
Jeremiah’s 70 year prophecy
Jeremiah prophesied that God would bring about the deliverance of God's people at the time of the Persian defeat of the Babylonians
Makes a proclamation to let all exiled prisoners to go back and rebuild the temple of Jerusalem.
Rebuilding the foundation of the Temple
- The first thing they did was build the alter to make sacrifices to the Lord even though the foundation was not yet laid.
- When the foundation was laid there was a big celebration
- But some wept
- Could not distinguish between weeping and shouts of joy
Completed under the reign of king Darius
Ezra’s moving of the remnant to confess the sin of intermarriage
- Ezra tore his clothes and pulled his hair from his head and beard when he heard about the unfaithfulness of the exiles in regards to inter-marriage.
- He prayed and declared the Lord righteous and thanked him for leaving a remnant
Nehemiah’s prayer for the remnant of Jerusalem
- Several days he mourned and fasted
- Confessed sins of disobedience
- Reminded God of promise to bring back the people if they obey
Rebuilding the wall – the plan
Artaxerxes sends Nehemiah back to rebuild the city of Judah
The opposition building the wall
- The enemies of Judah and Benjamin asked to help rebuild the wall but Zerubbabel and the heads of the families refused to allow them to.
- So they began to discourage the people and hire counselors to frustrate them.
Neglect of the house of God – no tithe
Many of the Levites and singers had went back to their own fields
Nehemiah’s outrage over intermarriage
- Compares them to Solomon being led astray by foreign women.
- Beats some of the men for this wickedness
Xerxes’ 180 day banquet – Vashti’s refusal
The king wished to show off her beauty but Vashti refused to come so he replaced her
The account of how Esther becomes Queen
King Xerxes has all the women of the kingdom undergo 12 months of beauty treatments and stand before him and he selects Ester.
Casting the “pur” (lot) for the date of the annihilation of the Jews on Adar
- The royal officials at the kings gate let Haman know that Mordecai would not bow down to him.
- Haman developed a hatred for the entire jewish race and asked the king for permission to destroy them all
- the king gave him his signet ring
- Esther 5
- Esther approaches the king risking her life and requests Haman and the king to come to a party
- At the party she requests them to come to another party the following day
- The king offers her up to half the kingdom
- She told the king about Haman's wicked plans against her people
Haman’s death and Jews’ triumph
- Haman was hung on his own gallows, his plan backfired
- The Jews were acquitted and allowed to slay their enemies and Haman's sons were hanged from the gallows
- They did not lay hands on the plunder
- The Jews were able to now have peace and celebrate with feasting and joy
- Mordecai sent letters throughout the land calling the Jews to celebrate annually
The events that lead to Job cursing God
- The Sabeans attacked and carried off the oxen and cattle
- Servants put to the sword
- Fire of God fell from the sky and burned up all the sheep and servants
- Chaldeans carried off all the camels
- Sons and daughters died when their house collapsed on them
- Job inflicted with painful sores
Job’s friends advice vs. Elihu’s advice
The blessings at the latter part of Job’s life vs. the early years
Job refused to sin against God by cursing him and received more blessings at the end of his life than at the beginning