2 Chronicles 2
-The greatness of God is partially described along with the intricacies of trade with a like-minded nation (2 Chronicles 2:12) engulfs the bulk of this second chapter. Solomon enlisted all of the aliens of the land of Israel, which numbered 153,600, and they were used as the labor force for the extensive Temple building project and the building of Solomon’s royal palace (2 Chronicles 2:1-2, 17-18). God’s greatness is expressed in His superiority to all other gods, His omnipresence, and His incomprehensibility (2 Chronicles 2:4-6). The point was clearly made that nothing could contain Him, but this Temple was built to give the LORD His proper glory with fragrant incense, burnt offerings, and sacrifice at morning, evening, Sabbaths, new moons, and appointed feasts of the LORD, which were required perpetually by the Law given to Moses.
-For this massive work to be completed, other resources were needed from the north in the region of Tyre and the forests of Lebanon. Huram, king of Tyre, had been a close friend of Solomon’s father David and thus an ally and trading partner for this building project of gargantuan proportions. The deal was worked out for resources of skilled labor supervision (Huram-abi), cedar, cypress, and algum timber for an immense amount of crushed wheat, barley, wine and olive oil (2 Chronicles 2:7-15). The resources for the Temple and palace project would be shipped from their northern ports to Joppa and then carried up to Jerusalem with the laborers (2 Chronicles 2:16).
-*Application* Our God does not need any of our man-made grandeur or creativity, but He does enjoy the fact that His creation is giving Him proper glory. He is the maker of heaven and earth and all it contains. He is the One who endows with discretion and understanding (2 Chronicles 2:12-13) and makes all things work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Acknowledge God with your life today, and ask Him which project He might desire for you to complete in this time with His allies.
Verses to Memorize: 2 Chronicles 2:5-6