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.
We can see the temple take many forms throughout the Bible.
Garden of Eden
Emmanuel – Christ with us.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV
And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.
Revelation 21:22 ESV
“Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and obey my rules and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you, which I spoke to David your father.
1 Kings 6:12 ESV
Took place during the first 4 years of his reign.
He grew up with a golden spoon.
Solomon’s downfall was his success. He trusted in God’s gift.
Vv1 why start with this marriage. Was it political strategy? His father was the conquerer. King David known as a Goldy king. Solomon was a wise king.
Vv3 high places were only condemned after the temple was built. The stigma is there.
Vv26 interesting that there was no judgement mentioned. Was Solomon merciful.
Discernment – to distinguish.
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Acts 17:11 ESV
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,
Philippians 1:9 ESV
“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Deuteronomy 11:18-19 ESV
Teach your family and guard your marriage. Heb 12.
Judge not – Matthew 7. Hipocritical judgment.
Call out false teachers
We are just causing division. Romans 16:17-18. Truth does divide.
You cannot deny signs and wonders. Mat 7
Vv45 they had intellectual knowledge. It is an intimate knowing. Can you learn to swim from a book?
Salvation by grace through faith. Read Scripture 1 what does it mean 2 how does it connect to the Canon 3 what does it mean to me? As you progress in life you need to dig deep into Scripture. Spiritual babes take milk. Do not take comfort in your sound church.
Mums are the Frontline when kids come with questions. Fathers need to support wives.
Lazarus was raised from the dead, why is it harder to believe the Lord raised Himself?
What is the implications of the ressurection? Jesus is God. God is sovereign. The fulfilling of Scripture. The sign that the price has been paid, death has been conquered. Sins have been paid fully.
Death is not the end. Have you spoken about the hope we have in Jesus?
On the road to Emmaus. The two disciples were fiercely debating. As iron sharpens iron. Vv18 God is patient. Vv27 it’s like reading the Bible before and after God open your eyes to the truth.