King Solomon: The Temptations of Money, Sex, and Power by Philip Graham Ryken

By Philip Graham Ryken

King Solomon had the entire reputation and fortune that any guy may wish. He was once the world’s wisest and wealthiest king. And but, tragically, he threw all of it away for the affection of cash, the pleasures of intercourse, and the powers of a mundane kingdom.

In learning the lifetime of Solomon, we see either the real greatness and the tragic failure of our personal humanity—from godly devotion to self-serving extra. Even in the course of our greatest intentions, we're all susceptible to succumb to an analogous temptations of cash, intercourse, and tool. And if Solomon’s remarkable knowledge couldn't hinder him from such tragic blunders, then how are we to conquer a similar temptations?

Philip Graham Ryken indicates us how, via the grace of God, to avoid these downfalls and to hunt God’s glory amid earthly temptations via this wealthy, Christ-centered learn of the lifetime of Solomon.

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David wished to honor God by building God’s house and giving the Israelites a place to worship him. But God prevented David from building the temple, promising that David’s son Solomon would build it instead. And when Solomon began working on God’s house, he spared no expense. Solomon’s temple truly was one of the most magnificent structures ever built. 1) What is the most spectacular building you have ever visited? Describe how you felt as you looked at its beautiful architecture and experienced its grandeur.

People. “as many as the sand by the sea” (1 Kings 4:20) • Promised to Abraham I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore.  22:17) • Fulfilled in Christ And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.  3:29) After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.

As all his attributes proceed from the absolute, so all again converge and meet in holiness. As from the insufferable white light of the Absolute they all seem to diverge and separate into prismatic hues, so they seem again to converge and meet and combine in the dazzling white radiance of his holiness.  . 1 How can we worship in a way that magnifies God’s worthiness and beauty? Consider Dr. Ryken’s words on page 94 of King Solomon: Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

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