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A Holy Endeavor View video
1 Kings 5:1 - 5:18
1. When Hiram king of Tyre heard that Solomon had been anointed king to succeed his father David, he sent his envoys to Solomon, because he had always been on friendly terms with David.
2. Solomon sent back this message to Hiram:
3. "You know that because of the wars waged against my father David from all sides, he could not build a temple for the Name of the LORD his God until the LORD put his enemies under his feet.
4. But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side, and there is no adversary or disaster.
5. I intend, therefore, to build a temple for the Name of the LORD my God, as the LORD told my father David, when he said, 'Your son whom I will put on the throne in your place will build the temple for my Name.'
6. "So give orders that cedars of Lebanon be cut for me. My men will work with yours, and I will pay you for your men whatever wages you set. You know that we have no one so skilled in felling timber as the Sidonians."
7. When Hiram heard Solomon's message, he was greatly pleased and said, "Praise be to the LORD today, for he has given David a wise son to rule over this great nation."
8. So Hiram sent word to Solomon: "I have received the message you sent me and will do all you want in providing the cedar and pine logs.
9. My men will haul them down from Lebanon to the sea, and I will float them in rafts by sea to the place you specify. There I will separate them and you can take them away. And you are to grant my wish by providing food for my royal household."
10. In this way Hiram kept Solomon supplied with all the cedar and pine logs he wanted,
11. and Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand cors of wheat as food for his household, in addition to twenty thousand baths , of pressed olive oil. Solomon continued to do this for Hiram year after year.
12. The LORD gave Solomon wisdom, just as he had promised him. There were peaceful relations between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty.
13. King Solomon conscripted laborers from all Israel--thirty thousand men.
14. He sent them off to Lebanon in shifts of ten thousand a month, so that they spent one month in Lebanon and two months at home. Adoniram was in charge of the forced labor.
15. Solomon had seventy thousand carriers and eighty thousand stonecutters in the hills,
16. as well as thirty-three hundred foremen who supervised the project and directed the workers.
17. At the king's command they removed from the quarry large blocks of quality stone to provide a foundation of dressed stone for the temple.
18. The craftsmen of Solomon and Hiram and the men of Gebal cut and prepared the timber and stone for the building of the temple.
Reflection
A Promise Fulfilled (5:1–6)
Though David wanted to build a temple to the Lord, God revealed to him that Solomon would be the one to do it. David died before the construction of the temple he made so many preparations for. We know that there are many characters in the Bible who never saw the promises God gave them fulfilled to their full extent. This is also true of the saints today. We may not see everything Scripture promises fulfilled in our lifetimes. However, we also know that all promises of God find an undeniable “Amen” in Christ. Death does not have the final say; there is more coming for God’s people. We will see in eternity how God has come through to accomplish all that He has promised.

Doubly Glad (5:7–18)
Solomon uses the building of the temple as an opportunity to strengthen and improve important relationships. He does not deal with Hiram as with a hired hand; he treats this venture more like a partnership. And the outcome is that their hearts are doubly glad and their friendship is doubly strengthened. This account showcases more than Solomon’s great wisdom. It shows that our God is so good and so big that those who labor for His causes end up immensely blessed and will be a cause for gladness to those around them. God’s will and God’s ways always produce the best outcome for all. Those who work under their direction will be greatly rewarded.
Application
- What promises from God are you holding on to right now? How would you respond if it seemed like they would not be fulfilled in this lifetime?

- How are you serving your church community? How has God used partnerships with other believers to increase your joy?
A Letter to God
Lord, there are so many endeavors the world falsely promotes as worthwhile, and I often get tangled up in those lies. Open my eyes of faith wider so that I can see anew how it is always a greater blessing to be plowing together with You. In Your name, amen.
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