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Introduction

It started with a man, then a family, then a clan, then an entire ethnic group. But the day the people of Israel walked out of Egypt and passed through a sea, they became a nation. ey tried having God as their only king, but everyone did what was right in their own eyes and didn’t serve him.en,in a bad case of royal envy, they cried out for a human king, and they got what they asked for. Eventually, the kingdom was ripped out of the bad king’s hands and given to a man after God’s own heart—a passionate warrior/poet/musician/shepherd/king.And finally,the king with a heart built a kingdom with a heart—and a promise of everlasting glory.

Israel was a small country at the end of David’s reign, but it was a country with an enormous purpose and a godly king.

  • e twelve tribes had been united, the territory solidified, the

military established,the enemies subdued,the priests assigned, the worship cultivated, and the temple imagined. And this was no ordinary kingdom; there were eternal promises associated with it and a global influence to come.is wasn’t just a nation chosen to prosper. It was chosen to host the presence of God.

  • at’s the remarkable legacy Solomon inherited—Israel was

a jewel in God’s crown and the delight of his eyes. During the

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A Walk Thru the Life of Solomon: Pursuinga Heart of Integrity, Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, © 2009. Used by permission.

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