1Kings 20 part 2

God is merciful.

God sees all the injustice in the world.

Ours is not to know why but to obey.

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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
https://bible.com/bible/59/2pe.3.9.ESV

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Elisha

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.

#sundayschool

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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
https://bible.com/bible/114/mat.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
https://bible.com/bible/114/mat.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
https://bible.com/bible/114/1jn.2.15.NKJV

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:21 NKJV
https://bible.com/bible/114/mat.6.21.NKJV

Rehoboam

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
http://bible.com/59/1ki.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.

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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
http://bible.com/59/deu.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.

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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
http://bible.com/59/1co.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
http://bible.com/59/jhn.1.12.ESV

Chapter 9

God desires your obedience.