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1. Why does Solomon marry a Gentile (1 Kings 3:1)? Should the politics of Israel differ from that of other nations (see Deuteronomy 7:3, 4)? How so?
2. Why were the “high places” built (1 Kings 3:2; see 1 Samuel 9:12 – 14)? Since there is no temple, why is there a problem with Solomon’s sacrifices at high places (1 Kings 3:3)?
3. What living “great person’ would you want to spend one day with? Why?
4. Now that Solomon is established (2 Chronicles 1:1), what are his first official acts as king? Where does he do them? Who else is involved? What do each of these actions tell you about Solomon’s leadership?
5. Take note of Pharaoh’s gift to his daughter upon her marriage to Solomon . . .
“(Pharaoh king of Egypt had attacked and captured Gezer. He had set it on fire. He killed its Canaanite inhabitants and then gave it as a wedding gift to his daughter, Solomon’s wife.” – 1 Kings 9:16
- How does Gezer rate as a wedding gift?
- Considering the context of 1 Kings 9, in what way does Solomon accommodate this Pharaoh’s daughter and wife-to-be?