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.

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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.'”

Daily Reading 4.27.2010

2 Samuel chapters 11-18

Some real and some potential consequences of David committing adultery with Bathsheba

  1. The people in David’s courts see the whole thing and help him commit the sin
  2. David lies
  3. David is deceitful
  4. David gets angry
  5. David kills Uriah
  6. Nathan rebukes David (interesting that he uses a lamb illustration seeing that David was a shepherd boy)
  7. David indicts himself
  8. The sword never departs from David’s house (12:10)
  9. God will take David’s wives before his eyes and give them to his neighbor
  10. David did his sin secretly but he will be disgraced before all Israel and all the sun
  11. David repents and is forgiven
  12. The child conceived by Bathsheba dies
  13. Solomon is born
  14. David’s sin then spreads to his children
  15. Amnon (son) rapes Tamar (daughter)
  16. Absalom (son) murders Amnon (son)
  17. Ahithophel (Grandfather of Bathsheba) the great counselor of David leaves David and goes to Absalom
  18. Absalom leads rebellion against his father David
  19. David begins fleeing for his life
  20. Absalom is killed
  21. David grieves death of Absalom