The first half of this month, we’ll see the tremendous blessing for the nation of Israel resulting from foundations set by David with the Lord… and from Solomon’s request of the Lord for wisdom.  The temple is finally built.  The Ark of the Covenant is finally placed in it.  Things are good!

But as Solomon strays from the Lord and leverages his gift of wisdom without a deep anchor in that relationship, he begins to pursue pleasures of this world.  The result… the foundations of faith and blessing begin to crumble for the entire kingdom.  At the end of 1 Kings, we find a nation divided and the spin cycle of disobedience and consequences that will plague God’s people for generations.

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