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“The Conquest: Judges-King David”
Why was the temple built by Solomon so important in Jewish society? What was its purpose? How may this temple be seen as a “ type”?
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2) What is the recurring pattern visible in the different episodes recounted in Judges? Simply summarize it. Does this kind of pattern seem realistic? Defend your answer by citing examples from modern life.
Throughout Judges, we are given multiple stories in which the people of Israel strayed from their faith, God gives them a “judge” who does great things (either through victory in battle or judgment of the Israelites), and then, after their death, the people stray from their faith again. As we have discussed in similar posts during previous weeks, I believe this behavior to be highly reminiscent of modern-day behavior. Ultimately, I think the underlying cause of this ebb and flow is that is easier to succumb to temptations when things are going well. During times of strife, and while people are connecting with God looking for…whatever it is they are seeking…I believe they feel more like they are being observed, whereas when things are going well, they are putting in less work with their connection and it becomes more of a situation in which the mentality of “out of sight, out of mind” takes over. While this can be seen prominently today in our many interactions with our friends and families or those we simply pass by, the degree is a bit different. While the Israelites often turned to worship other gods, today most simply turn from their faith. Don’t misunderstand, a quick search on Wikipedia can uncover numerous religions and cults that are modern-day equivalents, but I believe those to be the outliers. In the end, however, it is very common to see people become complacent and then stray from faith. Much like the old adage, “Complacency kills,” so too does the faith of man wane is the face of success. This is rather ironic as we should be grateful during the “good times” and increase our connection with God, but instead, choose to look to God when we are challenged. Be that as it may, I find it very interesting that God tests faith, on numerous accounts, by challenging people. I think the true challenge is not marred by struggle, but remaining faithful when everything is going well.
What aspects of his personality make Solomon worth emulating? What were some of his shortcomings? In what sense may he be seen as a modern person?
Solomon had many noble traits. For one, he was very intelligent. He was granted his wisdom by God and used it to do many extraordinary things. He was known to be one of the major prophets of his time and authored many biblical books, most notably the book of Proverbs. He also used his wisdom in his ruling which you can witness in one of the most significant stories about his life, The Judgement of Solomon. In addition to being an author and prophet he was also an architect and respected leader. He rebuilt many cities in Israel and its people flourished greatly under his monarch. However, he was a notorious womanizer, with 700 wives and hundreds of women on the side. Ultimately his lust would be his downfall with God eye as these women convinced him to believe their other gods.
I think Solomon reflects a lot of people in modern society. There are many intelligent people who use their talents to elevate them into influential positions. And though their companies may prosper and their wisdom seem infinite, the success is never truly enough. More often than not they will lust for something more whether it be money, or power, or the need to be idolized, the traits of Solomon live on today in our culture.