What I Read Today;
Revelation 3-4; Acts 21-22; Jeremiah 42-43; Psalm 67; 1 Kings 4-5; Leviticus 12
Solomon begins preparations for the building of a Temple in Jerusalem. But something is changing in Israel. You have to look for it. But Solomon is taking the nation in a direction that will ultimately lead to its destruction.
David was beloved by his people. He showed concern for the ordinary person living in the cities. David danced in front of them in spite of his wife’s objections. People knew that he loved them. You don’t hear that David had to force anyone into his army or to his service.
Solomon, however, in one of his first acts conscripts thousands of people to forced labor and appoints taskmasters over them.
You see Solomon in his splendor like a king, but don’t know the love from his people. Solomons’s example would be followed by his son, Rehoboam. The effects would end with the nation splitting into two and begin.
Solomon was granted the wisdom to rule. But he never had the heart to care for his people. The nation was at peace. Rather than worrying about the people and their needs, he focused on being a king.
Yes, David failed. He committed sins. But at the end of his reign when he could have taken land to build an alter he paid for it. When he could have taken vengeance on those, who cursed him, he did not do it. He realized that while he had the power, leaders who use force to coerce will ultimately fail.
We live in a world today where everyone is under the impression that they must force someone to believe as they do. Yet it is often our actions that will change the hearts of people around us more than our words. When people are forced to do something, they become angry and bitter. When people are part of the solution and work together, leaders become beloved.
Our leaders today should take notice, shouldn’t they?