I like that the people who put this reading schedule together had us read Ecclesiastes before these chapters in 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles. I think it helps us understand that somewhere between the Queen of Sheba’s visit and the end of his life, Solomon comes to his senses. If you were to read 1 Kings 10-11 on their own, without the benefit of what Ecclesiastes has to say, you may very well assume that this is just another instance of an Old Testament personality messing things up after a very good beginning.
While it is true that Solomon’s life takes a massive nose-dive, Ecclesiastes give us a hint that in the end he recognizes the folly of his decisions and sees that all of his many pursuits were ultimately empty. It is especially important for us to recognize the importance of what Solomon’s story teaches us. No matter what we accumulate in life, it is not really ours in the long run. We will pass away, none of it will be coming with us, and there are so many better things for us to spend our time on.
For all of the wisdom that Solomon showed the Queen of Sheba, he failed to exercise a healthy portion of it in his own life. Happy reading
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Proverbs 30-31