2 Chronicles 8 Outline
– Solomon rebuilt the cities (2 Chronicles 8:1-6)
– Solomon conscripted the foreigners to his slave labor force (2 Chronicles 8:7-8)
– The Israelites were Solomon’s fighting men, commanders and supervisors (2 Chronicles 8:9-10)
– Solomon brought his Egyptian wife to a new palace he built for her (2 Chronicles 8:11)
– Solomon assigned the duties of the priests, Levites, gatekeepers, and treasurers (2 Chronicles 8:12-15)
– The completion of the building of the temple of the Lord (2 Chronicles 8:16)
– Solomon and Hiram’s sailors sailed to Ophir to bring back gold (2 Chronicles 8:17-18)
2 Chronicles 8 Summary
Solomon rebuilt the villages that King Hiram of Tyre had given him. After that, he settled some Israelites to the villages. Solomon captured Hamath Zobah and rebuilt it. He fortified Upper Beth Horon and Lower Beth Horon so that they have walls and gates with bars. In addition, he also rebuilt Baalath and the store cities for the chariots and horses. Solomon built everything he desire to build in Jerusalem.
Solomon conscripted the foreigners in the land including the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites for his slave labor force. However, the Israelites were not Solomon’s slaves. They were Solomon’s fighting men, commanders of the captains, commanders of the chariots and charioteers and the chief officials. Solomon had 250 officials.
Solomon’s brought his wife, Pharaoh’s daughter into a new palace he had built for her because he felt that she should not stay in King David’s palace as the sacred chest entered it.
Solomon assigned priests to sacrifice the daily burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the festivals that Moses commanded to observe including Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of eeks and Feast of Tabernacles. He assigned the gatekeepers by division and the people in charge of treasuries.
After that, Solomon traveled to Ezion Geber and Elath on the coast side of Edom. Hiram had sent ships along with his own sailors. Together with Solomon’s sailors, they sailed to Ophir to bring back 450 talents of gold.
2 Chronicles 8 Bible Study
1. Showing complete obedience to God’s commandments
Solomon disobeyed God by making the foreigners his slaves. God’s commandment is that they should totally destroy the Canaanites (Deuteronomy 7:2). Solomon’s marriage to the daughter of Pharaoh was a disobedience to God’s commandment not to marry foreign woman (Deuteronomy 7:3). Solomon’s marriage to foreign woman is his downfall. As he grew older, his foreign wives led him into idolatry (1 Kings 11:4). In addition, Solomon also sinned against God by multiplying the gold, which is a disobedience to God’s commandment in Deuteronomy 17:17 that the king should not attempt to accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.
If you are looking for a marriage partner, you should look for one that is Christian. 2 Corinthians 6:14 states that you should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. Righteousness has no partnership with lawlessness. Light has no fellowship with darkness. In 2 John 1:6, loving God means walking in his commandments.