2 Chronicles Chapter 8

With the completion of the temple, Solomon had finished the main task given to him by his father, David. A task that was declared to David, by the Lord. Now that it was done, he could turn his attention to other things in the kingdom of Israel, such as those in this chapter. It begins:

1 And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had built the house of the Lord, and his own house,
2 That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the children of Israel to dwell there.
3 And Solomon went to Hamath-zobah, and prevailed against it.
4 And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the store cities, which he built in Hamath.
5 Also he built Beth-horon the upper, and Beth-horon the nether, fenced cities, with walls, gates, and bars;
6 And Baalath, and all the store cities that Solomon had, and all the chariot cities, and the cities of the horsemen, and all that Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and throughout all the land of his dominion.

After twenty years, the temple and palace of Solomon were finished. The cities that Huram (Hiram), king of Tyre, had possession of were returned to Solomon. (Solomon had given his cities that he had found unfavorable, so they were returned to Solomon.) He worked to build these cities and they became the homelands of some of the children of Israel. Solomon fought against Hamath-zobah, a prominent city at the northern border of the promised land, and won. He built part of the road that led from Jerusalem to the sea, as well as, more cities in the wilderness, which he fortified with fences, walls, gates and such. Some were cities of chariots and horsemen. Likewise he built more in Jerusalem, according to his desires. It was important that Solomon build the cities to add strength to the promised land.

7 As for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which were not of Israel,
8 But of their children, who were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel consumed not, them did Solomon make to pay tribute until this day.
9 But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no servants for his work; but they were men of war, and chief of his captains, and captains of his chariots and horsemen.
10 And these were the chief of king Solomon’s officers, even two hundred and fifty, that bare rule over the people.

The other people that had been in the land of Israel, some remaining canaanites such as the Hittites (descendants of Heth), Amoriets, Perizzites (villagers), Hivites (of Gibeon) and Jebusites (those who already lived in Jerusalem), were made to pay tribute to Israel (or to serve Israel). Solomon did not make servants of the Israltelites. Instead there were soldiers and chiefs among them. He had 250 chief officers to be rulers over the people of Israel.

11 And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her: for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the Lord hath come.

Solomon took his wife, the daughter of Pharaoh (possibly Pi-netchem of the 21st dynasty, with whom Solomon made a marriage alliance), from the city of David and built a house for her. He was not going to have any wife of his live in the palace of King David, when he had completed his own palace.

12 Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the Lord on the altar of the Lord, which he had built before the porch,
13 Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles.

He offered daily sacrifices to the Lord, as he continued to live the law of Moses, with its ritual offerings and feasts. The feasts included the feast of unleavened bread, the feast of weeks, and the feast of tabernacles. (see also 1 Kings 9)

14 And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required: the porters also by their courses at every gate: for so had David the man of God commanded.
15 And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto the priests and Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the treasures.
16 Now all the work of Solomon was prepared unto the day of the foundation of the house of the Lord, and until it was finished. So the house of the Lord was perfected.

Solomon appointed priests and Levites to serve as they had been assigned by David, his father. There were also those who were musicians and porters (those at the gates of the temple). They followed all the commandments that had been established for the priests and Levites as far as the treasures were concerned. The Levites and priests had sacred callings in the house of Israel which involved all things having to do with the temple. It was a duty taken very seriously by the Lord.

17 Then went Solomon to Ezion-geber, and to Eloth, at the sea side in the land of Edom.
18 And Huram sent him by the hands of his servants ships, and servants that had knowledge of the sea; and they went with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and took thence four hundred and fifty talents of gold, and brought them to king Solomon.

Solomon traveled to the seaside in Edom (the location of a portion of his Navy), where Huram gave him ships and servants to man the ships. They went with Solomon’s men, to a place called Ophir, where they obtained 450 talents of gold. These were brought to king Solomon.

Solomon was blessed to have order and success in the establishment of many things in his Kingdom. He knew the commandments and what was expected of him as the king of Israel, under the direction of the Lord. Because his father had raised him in righteousness, Solomon knew how to follow the law of Moses. This would make him a great leader for the children of Israel. The youth of today, are a part of the Lord’s army. They are the leaders of the world of our future. Parents have the responsibility, as David did, to raise children in righteousness and to teach them the commandments and gospel of Jesus Christ. As this is done according to the will of God, the youth will be blessed greatly as they lead in the world of tomorrow. Moreover, they will build up the Lord’s kingdom on the earth, as Solomon built his kingdom, in preparation for His return. I am grateful for this responsibility and feel it a pleasure to watch my children grow in righteousness. I hope that I raise my children how the Lord would have me raise them, that they will become strong disciples of Jesus Christ.

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