Daily Reading 5.5.2010

1 Kings 10-11 “The rise and fall of Solomon”
Chapters 10 shows how successful and wise Solomon was with these verses

4-5 “when the Queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, their clothing, his cup bearers, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the LORD, there was no more breath in her”

Notice how these are basic things: house, food, servants, and clothing. Also, the way sacrifice was to be done was prescribed. But in these things she could see the wisdom he had. The wisdom that God gave him was so awesome and impressive that she could see it in the food he ate and the clothes his servants wore! In fact it took her breath away how wise he was.

14-15,21,27 “the weight of gold that came into Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold, besides what came from explorers and business and from kings of the west and from governors of the land…silver was not considered as anything in the days of Solomon…And the King made silver as common in Jerusalem as stone, and he made ceda as plentiful as the sycamore…”

Here is a little math 1 talent = 75lbs 666 talent = 49,950 lbs….in one year…not from exploration, business, government or even from kings in the west. Also silver was value as a rock. In other words, silver was worthless becasue the kingdom was so wealthy under Solomon

The downfall of Solomon is described in Chapter 11
“Now King Solomon loved many foreign women…from the nations concerning which the LORD had said to the people of Israel, ‘You shall not enter into marriage with them…for surely they will turn your heart away after thier gods…and his wives turned away his heart. For when solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the LORD as his God, as was the heart of David his father.”

I was thinking about that last line “as was the heart of David.” Though Davids sin was terrible and horrifying, as is all sin, his sin did not take him to other gods’s. David still clung to the LORD wholly and he did not go after the same type of women Solomon did (foreign and forbidden).

A Promise
11:39 “And I will afflict the offspring of David because of this (what Solomon had done), but not forever.”

Here God is showing again that His covenant is in that Davidic line and that He will never vanquish that.

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1 Kings 8 – There is no one who does not sin

This whole chapter is the prayer and dedication of the new temple. So much good stuff in there but here was a special nugget:

1 Kings8:46 “If they sin against you – for there is no one who does not sin – and you are angry with them and give them to an enemy, so that they are carried away captive to the land of the enemy, far off or near.”

Solomon’s inaugural sacrifice is so big that the one alter before the LORD is not big enough so he consecrated the middle of the court so they could carry on there with the sacrifice. 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep were offered as peace offerings! All the while Solomon is building the city up, protecting it with a wall, building ships etc.

A highlight from 1 Kings over the weekend

David Charges his son Solomon
2:1 When David’s time to die drew near, he commanded Solomon his son, saying, 2 “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man, 3 and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn, 4 that the Lord may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’

This is a good charge to remember to pass on to young men. Be strong in the Lord and show yourself a man, How do you show yourself to be a man?
1. Keep the charge of the LORD
2. Walk in His ways
3. Keep His Statutes
4. Keep His commands
5. Keep His rules
6. Keep His testimonies
7. Show the Lord to be faithful when He blesses you

Afternoon reading Romans 1

Went through Romans 1 on my lunch and saw an interesting sequence

  1. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation (1:16)
  2. The righteous shall live by faith (1:17)
  3. The wrath of God is revealed on unrighteous and ungodly because they suppress the truth (the gospel)in unrighteousness (1:18)
  4. Man exchanges God for idols and deny Him (1:19-23)
  5. God gives man over to himself (1:24)
  6. Sin explodes starting with homosexuality (1:24-32)

The evidence that the wrath of God is revealed seems to be that man suppresses the truth and exchanges the true God for false ones and God gives man exactly what he wants…himself. Amazing how like that our world is today.

The close of 2 Samuel

Breakdown of chapter 24

  1. The anger of the LORD is kindled against Israel
  2. The LORD incites David against them
  3. David convinces Joab to number the people
  4. They number the people (take a census)
  5. David is convicted of his sin of numbering the people (probably due to pride to show what he had accomplished)
  6. David repents
  7. God offers 3 consequences to choose from (1)3 years of famine (2)3 months of fleeing from enemy (3) 3 days of pestilence
  8. David responds “Let us fall into the hand of the LORD, for His mercy is great but let me not fall into the hand of man.”
  9. The Lord sent pestilence
  10. When the angel stretched out his hand towards Jerusalem the LORD relented and told the angel to stop
  11. God proved to be merciful and stopped when it seems the angel would have continued
  12. 70,000 people die because of 3 day pestilence
  13. David again acknowledges his sin
  14. David will not  sacrifice to God that costs him nothing so he buys the oxen and threshing floor from Araunah

Interesting end to 2 Samuel. Another interesting thing is in chapter 21 where David goes out to battle with the army. Seems like he learned his lesson from the last time he stayed home and sent out his army to do his bidding.

The Sin and Repentance of Shimei

2 Samuel 16:5-8″When King David came to Bahurim, there came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera, and as he came out he cursed continually. And he threw stones at David and all the servants of King David, and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. And Shimei said as he cursed, ‘Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man! The LORD has avenged on you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned, as the LORD has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. See, your evil is on you.'”

Continue reading “The Sin and Repentance of Shimei”

They will lay thier hands on you…

Luke 21:9-13 “…’and when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.’ Then He said, ‘Nation will rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governments for My name’s sake. This will be your opportunity to bear witness.'”