God is merciful.
God sees all the injustice in the world.
Ours is not to know why but to obey.
Ahabs repentance less than God’s mercy.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 ESV
Elisha my God is salvation.
Do you count the cost of following Jesus? Will you drop everything like Elisha?
Are you shuffling between the world and Jesus?
Called to be a prophet. When called into full time ministry cut all your ties with the world.
We are called to make disciples of all nations.
The seige of Samaria
God intervened. For His glory.
Syria challenging Yahweh.
Elijah is just a man and the flesh is weak. At the moment of physical and mental exhaustion he feared Jezebel. He also expected God to act boldly by changing the hearts of the queen and people. When the opposite occurred he ran. Stay on the narrow path and don’t let other people become a snare.
The mercies of God are multi faceted.
What do you think about Obadiah? Is he a coward? When put in comparison to Elijah yes but God uses all of us differently. So not be quick to judge.
And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”
Matthew 10:42 NKJV
Why was Israel so interested in Baal? They were an agriculture society. Prosperity gospeal. Patreon of Baal worship is queen jezabell – exceedding in society. Stop toggling around.
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Matthew 6:24 NKJV
The sin of idolatry. Do not trust in yourself. Pride.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
I John 2:15 NKJV
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:21 NKJV
What your are is greater than what you do.
We should not live with is sense of defeat. Pray for revival – in regards to present nations not fearing God. When a nation is ripe for judgement it is also ripe for mercy.
To live evil you just need to be lazy.
A reminder of how it does not matter how you start the race but how you finish it.
How does God see my life?
Beware of the insidious moments when God confronts your sin and you do not turn.
The southern kings were better but not perfect. God kept them because of the davidic covenant. This reminds us of our faith in Jesus Christ.
The split of Israel and Judah.
Mother was an Ammonite. One of Solomon’s concubines.
He took over support for Solomon’s harem.
So the king did not listen to the people, for it was a turn of affairs brought about by the Lord that he might fulfill his word, which the Lord spoke by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
1 Kings 12:15 ESV
Did Rehoboam made a foolish decision but also we need to look at the motivation behind the decision.
Blatant worship of Cannanite gods in parallel with Israel northern tribes.
Why did Rehoboam give the gold to Egypt? Blood money. Rehoboam repented and God showed mercy.
Why do ppl want to have multiple gods? Do you not believe that Yahweh is enough?
Sychristic religion and examples happening today. Looks like the real thing but it’s not.
Don’t let God’s blessings become an idol. God actually blesses Solomon with wealth and fame along with wisdom.
Like Paul said it’s not how you started the race but how well you finish.
Only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall never return that way again.’ And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.
Deuteronomy 17:16-17 ESV
Why cannot buy chariots and horses from Egypt? The Jews saw them in slavery and going to them is putting your trust back in man.
Solomon had wisdom but he did not obey.
Where is God’s presence in our life? Your temple can be very grand but only God knows what is inside.
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV
Do you know the lineage of Christ Jesus?
Why is it so difficult to trust and obey God? It is hard to deny yourself. To not have control. Is it our pride?
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
John 1:12 ESV
God desires your obedience.