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Title: King Solomon

King Solomon

Today will be a spiritual feast
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Meet Solomon, son of David
  • JST 1 Kings 33-8.
  • 3 And because the Lord blessed Solomon as he was
    walking in the statutes of David, his father,
    Solomon began to love the Lord, and he
    sacrificed and burnt incense in high places, and
    he called on the name of the Lord.
  • 5 And the Lord God hearkened unto Solomon, and
    appeared unto him in a dream by night, and said,
    Ask what I shall give thee.
  • 7 And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy
    servant king, instead of David, my father, over
    thy people.
  • 8 And I know not how to lead them, to go out, or
    come in before them, and I, thy servant, am as a
    little child, in the midst of thy people whom
    thou hast chosen, a great people that cannot be
    numbered, nor counted for multitude.

Elder Oaks
  • Jesus taught his apostles about
    conversion, which is far more than
    testimony. When the disciples asked who was the
    greatest in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus called
    a little child unto him, and set him in the midst
    of them,
  • And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be
    converted, and become as little children, ye
    shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Question What is the difference between acting
like a child and becoming a child?
The Request of a Child
  • Solomons Request
  • 9 Give therefore, thy servant an understanding
    heart that I may discern between good and bad.
  • The Lords Answer
  • 12 Behold, I have done according to thy words
    lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding
    heart so that there was none like thee before
    thee, neither after thee shall any arise like
    unto thee. 
  • 13 And I have also given thee that which thou
    hast not asked, both riches, and honour so that
    there shall not be any among the kings like unto
    thee all thy days. 
  • 14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my
    statutes and my commandments, as thy father David
    did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.

Temple of Solomon
  • Took 7 years to build
  • Kept pure for only 34 years
  • Solomon succumbed to the desires of foreign wives
    to place idols on the temple mount

First Sign of Problems
  • The Temple
  • And the house which king Solomon built for the
    LORD, the length thereof was threescore cubits,
    and the breadth thereof twenty cubits , and the
    height thereof thirty cubits (2 Kings 62)
  • His Palace
  • He built also his palace the length thereof
    was an hundred cubits, and the breadth thereof
    fifty cubits, and the height thereof thirty
    cubits, upon four rows of cedar pillars, with
    cedar beams upon the pillars (1 Kings 72).

Wilford Woodruff
From the dedicatory prayer
  • 30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy
    servant, and of thy people Israel, when they
    shall pray toward this place and hear thou in
    heaven thy dwelling place and when thou hearest,
  • 38 What prayer and supplication soever be made by
    any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall
    know every man the plague of his own heart, and
    spread forth his hands toward this house
  • Which sounds a lot like
  • Ether 12
  • And if men come unto me I will show unto them
    their weakness.
  • I give unto men weakness that they may be humble

  • If the Temple is to be a place of teaching
  • What method does the Lord use, in the Temple, to
    teach us?

David B. Haight
  • When you return to the temple, come
    with an open, seeking, contrite heart, and
    allow the Spirit to teach you by revelation what
    the symbols can mean to you.
  • Question does that mean that temple symbols can
    mean different things to different people?

C.S Lewis comment
  • Symbolism goes beyond the expression of things
    we have already felt. It arouses in us sensations
    we have never had before, never anticipated
    having, as though we had broken out of our normal
    mode of consciousness and 'possessed joys not
    promised to our birth.'
  • It gets under our skin, hits us at a level deeper
    than our thoughts or even our passions, troubles
    oldest certainties till all questions are
    re-opened, and in general shocks us more fully
    awake than we are for most of our lives."

Michael Wilcox
  • The wilderness of Judaea is a dead,
    sun-baked land where almost nothing grows,
    but Ezekiel saw that wherever the future
    river flowed, life came to the barren desert.
    "At the bank of the river," Ezekiel said,
    "were very many trees on the one side and on
    the other." (V. 7.) The trees were "for meat,
    whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the
    fruit thereof be consumed it shall bring forth
    new fruit . . . because their waters . . . issued
    out of the sanctuary and the fruit thereof shall
    be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine."
  • Ezekiel describes the river's impact on all it
    touches with these words "And it shall come to
    pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth,
    whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live .
    . . because these waters shall come thither for
    they shall be healed and every thing shall live
    whither the river cometh." (V. 9 emphasis
  • As we read these words, the Spirit seems to
    whisper, "What will literally be true, one day,
    of the Lord's temple in Jerusalem, is true now,
    spiritually, of all the Lord's temples. From the
    doors of each one a healing, life-giving river
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