Saturday, January 30, 2016

1 Kings 9

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Kings 9. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • "the Lord appeared to him a second time" (verse 2) - The first time is written about in 1 Kings 3:14-15
  • Hiram is not happy with Solomon's payment for the labor and gold he had put into Solomon's projects. The name Hiram called the towns Solomon gave him, "Cabul," (verse 13) sounds like the Hebrew word for worthless.
  • In verse 16 we read of Solomon's marriage to Pharaoh's (the king of Egypt's) daughter. Intermarriage of royal families was very common back then, but this is not something God would have approved of.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • In verse 4 God says that David walked in "integrity of heart." It says this despite the fact that David committed some serious sins. But when he sinned, he soon confessed and repented of his sin. He made bad decisions, but his heart always turned back to God.
  • Solomon, on the other hand, hasn't committed as "serious" sins, yet something more insidious is happening. Slowly he is allowing his heart to be pulled away from God. We will see more of this soon. Solomon should have known better. God gave this warning, back in Deuteronomy 17:17, "The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the LORD. And he must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself."
  • When we sin we need to turn back to God, being confident of what the Bible tells us in 1 John 1:9, "But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness."
  • We need to be on guard against things that pull our hearts away from God.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Is there a sin you committed - either recently or way back - that you have not confessed to God? Confession is the path to healing, so take some time to confess it, and then rejoicing in God's faithfulness as He forgives you.
  • Is there something you know is pulling your heart away from God? It may be something you don't want to give up, but you have to. God is what matters, and you don't want to lose Him for something that ultimately doesn't really matter.