The Sacrifice of the Wicked

Segment of Chapter 6

King Solomon

The Message of the Covenant

J. James Tissot - Solomon Dedicates the Temple.

Dedication of Solomon's Temple
Martin, David, 1639-1721
Otto Elliger engraving shows the dedication of the Temple with large numbers of animals sacrificed on the altar, trumpets blown, and a cloud filling the house of the Lord.

The Sacrifice of the Wicked

It might be worthwhile to consider what Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived, had to say along these lines. Solomon wrote many proverbs, including the one featured below.

Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord; but the prayer of the upright is His delight. 9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord; but He loveth him that followeth after righteousness. 10 There is grievous correction for him that forsaketh the way; and he that hateth reproof shall die. 11 The nether-world and Destruction are before the Lord; how much more then the hearts of the children of men! (JPS)

In addition to all of the foregoing considerations, there were many instances at this assembly where Solomon did something in front of the "whole assembly of Israel." In each case, for these acts he should have been removed from the temple as a minimum, and in most cases, the "whole assembly of Israel" should have stoned him to death at that instant. This is why God's judgment befell the whole nation, because they failed to carry out the law and actually participated in these events.

It's cohesive!
The reader's appropriate response to this material:
Acts 17:11 And these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, receiving the word with all readiness of mind, daily searching the scriptures if these things were so. (Darby) (Emphasis added)