I Kin. 9:1-9; II Chron. 7:12-22
Years earlier, God had appeared to Solomon and promised great wisdom, wealth and honor. After Solomon’s fervent temple dedication prayer, God appeared to him at night and consecrated the temple. He also renewed the promise that He had made to David stating that if he and his sons continued to follow David’s example, the kingdom would forever remain with them. However, if they strayed from God’s ways, the kingdom and all that pertained to it would be taken away. His special blessings carried special conditions then and they also have special conditions during today’s Christian age. The Jews did reject God and He allowed them to be destroyed as a nation. Their only hope today is through obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.