Building the Temple

As you read about the magnificence of the Temple plans and its construction, picture its size: 90 feet long by 30 feet wide by 45 feet high. Imagine 30 yards on a football field for its length.

One of the wise moves Solomon makes is to get help from others who would “own” the project. This is a sign of true leadership: when following feels part of the leading! Solomon invites an unbelieving neighboring King, Hiram of Tyre, to be a subcontractor.

Ask the Lord to let you see the spiritual gifts of those around you so that together you can “build” the spiritual temple, a community of love and peace that praises the Lord.

1 Kings 5—6

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
Grant me wisdom in my heart. 5:7
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Tuesdays in this season are dedicated to 1 Kings.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

Beginning Sunday, July 8th, the Firestarters from the new edition of
The Bible Through the Seasons
for families will be posted daily. 

Solomon’s Prayer

Solomon’s greatness lies in his prayer. Here, as in later chapters, he can be a model for your prayer. He had his priorities in order as he presents himself as the new king. As you read the vivid story beginning in 3:16, marvel how a shift in the ways of looking at a situation can give wisdom.

Is there something or someone that you need to look at from a fresh point of view? Pray as did Solomon and wait for the Lord to show you. God will respond because in Christ Jesus, you are a priest, a prophet, and a king. You may find it helpful to write out your prayer, waiting for the Lord to share responses through your hands.

1 Kings 3—4


This is the fourth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Tuesdays are dedicated to Hebrew History and “The Writings.” For the rest of this season, we read 1 Kings.

For the next few weeks, I’ll be posting Firestarters from the original version of The Bible Through the Seasons. 

After David

In the first book of Kings, we trace the early history of the Jewish people after the death of David, the shepherd king, through the greatness of wise Solomon. Tragedies occur when the First Commandment is constantly broken. Despite the magnificence of the Temple that we will hear described, the “house” of God’s people is built on the sands of idolatry, arrogance, power, and pride; it eventually divides into two. Remember what Jesus said about houses divided: they “cannot stand” (Matt. 12-25).

The sacred writer’s purpose is to make this history personal to you. May this book awaken longings in you to be faithful as a member of the New Temple—the very Body of Christ alive in the Holy Spirit.

1 Kings 1—2


This is the third of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Tuesdays are dedicated to Hebrew History and “The Writings.” For the rest of this season, we read 1 Kings.

For the next few weeks, I’ll be posting Firestarters from the original version of The Bible Through the Seasons.