Read 1 Kings 12 – It’s getting complicated… then again, it always does when one strays from the LORD. Solomon’s sin opened the door to discipline that would ripple for hundreds of years. Rehoboam, Solomon’s only son the bible records, wisely seeks advice from his father’s counselors, but then foolishly rejects it. He turns to his peers for advice and hears what his ego was looking for. Maybe you have rejected your parents or grandparents advice, and gone your own way. It might have felt empowering at the time, but hindsight proved otherwise. The prophecy of Ahijah(1Kings11:29-39) is fulfilled, according to God’s will, remember, even when things seem messy, God is still in control(12:15). Moving forward, “Israel” refers to the 10 tribes of the North. “Judah” refers to southern tribes of Benjamin and Judah. Hang on to your hats!☝️☝️☝️👑☝️☝️☝️
Read 1 Kings 11 – Oh boy – God gave guidelines for the kings of Israel long before there were kings. Are you ready to dig a little? Deuteronomy 17:14-20 (the 5th book in the bible) outlines what a king should and should not do – and Solomon blew through all of it. He had such favor – he had such wisdom – and he messed it all up! THE KING MUST NOT TAKE MANY WIVES FOR HIMSELF, BECAUSE THEY WILL TURN HIS HEART AWAY FROM THE LORD. Deut.17:17 (1Kings 11:2 recalled this) Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines, and sure enough, he starts building shrines for the detestable gods of his wives. The Lord was very angry with Solomon (11:9) and punishment is served (11:29-39). Israel will be divided, 10 tribes to the north and 2 to the south, a remnant of the Lord’s promise to David. Privilege is dangerous, one can easily think they don’t need God. But the Lord is a jealous God (see Exodus 20:5), and He doesn’t miss a thing.☝️🙏🏻🙌
Read 1 Kings 10 – Be fascinated by the Queen of Sheba. Who was this powerful woman who traveled across the desert with an entourage, spices, gifts, and gold? One speculation said the journey took 3 years.
There were many belief systems and pagan religions where she came from, yet she was seeking truth. She made that great journey because of the rumors she heard about King Solomon.
Look at all there is to discover in 10:7-9. Solomon was even greater in wisdom and wealth than the rumors, his people were surely happy. And the Queen recognized that this was the Lord’s doing.
Beloved, may your reputation go before you, reflecting the Lord’s favor and love, as you seek Him everyday. May your heart long for the truth and wisdom found only in Jesus.💖🙏🏻🙌👑📖🤓💖
Read 1 Kings 9 – The Lord appeared a second time – Beloved, we have the Holy Spirit residing in us. In the New Testament, we are encouraged to come boldly to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16), but in the Old Testament, it was a rare and blessed occasion for the Lord to speak to people/prophets. The Lord makes a conditional promise to establish Solomons throne of dynasty forever (9:5), providing he and his descendants not abandon or disobey the Lord (5:6-7). Free-will can be such a dangerous thing, guard yours with integrity. Next, we get a peek into Solomon’s relationship with his father-in-law, King Hiram. I am under the impression that King Hiram liked King Solomon… vs 9:10-14 says Solomon gave 20 towns to Hiram for his support of lumber, which Hiram called worthless, yet paid Solomon 9,000 pounds of gold ($238,269,938 as of 9/3/2021). Hiram also sent experienced sailors to assist Solomon with his fleet of ships(9:27).
Read 1 Kings 8 – Dedicating the Temple – This was a grand celebration. King Solomon sacrificed abundantly before bringing the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant into the temple(8:5). And when it was finally in its resting place, beneath the wings of the cherubim in the Most Holy Place, the temple filled with smoke(8:11). Wow! God was with them, filling the Temple with His own purifying presence. Solomon prays, with rich acknowledgment of God, earnest petitions, and he asked for the desire to do God’s will in everything(8:58). Desire is key to self-control, with God – or lack of self-control, without God. Where does your desire lead you? Submit it to the Lord. The prayer was followed by offerings (8:64), and concluded with the Festival of Shelters in the presence of the Lord, and the people went to their homes joyful. Beloved, may you be keenly aware to walk in the presence of the Lord, and may your joy spill onto everyone around you.
Read 1 Kings 7 – Solomon builds his house, and it is so opulent that no matter how many times I read it, I can’t quite wrap my head around it. But God, by divine coincidence, has me staying at a gorgeous hotel in Mexico today. There is a great pool at the entrance making me think of the Sea of Glass (no bronze oxen though), yet still, it invites one into the presence of opulence. The lobby is a decadent combination of lofty wood beams and cut stone. Isn’t that just like the Lord to bring His Word to life? I overlooked these details yesterday, but now I feel awe. The decadence and details of chapter 7 serve as a tangible reminder of how great God is. Will you seek something today that draws you into awe of how Great your Heavenly Father is? May Jesus surprise you in a way you may have missed – like He did for me. 💖🙌🕍👀🐃🙌💖
Read 1 Kings 6 – Solomon builds the Temple for God. This Temple was for God. Only the priests were permitted in, and only the High Priest would be allowed in the inner sanctuary – that 30×30 room where the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant would reside. Notice the reverence by which the stones were hewn(6:7). They were finished at the quarry, so that no sound of hammer, ax or other iron tool was at the building site. Do you see yourself in those stones? We are sanctified day by day, here on earth, outside of heaven, chipped and shaped according to God’s purpose for us. One day we will be with the LORD in heaven, overlaid in Jesus Christ. Beloved, you may feel unseen in the day to day, yet hold on to the truth that you are being prepared for eternity where you will fit perfectly according to God’s plan and purpose.💖⚒🏠
Read 1 Kings 5 – Look at the great things that can be accomplished through a friendly and mutually beneficial alliance. King Solomon is beginning to gather materials for the Lord’s Temple. Notice the flattery he uses when asking for King Hiram’s cedar(5:6). When people sense you have a clear mission and appreciate them, they tend to want to help in your endeavors. We all like to be a part of great things. How can you invite others in as you set out to accomplish the things Jesus lays on your heart? 💓🙋♀️🤝🙋♂️💓
Part 2 – Read 1 Kings 2:13-46 – King Solomon ties up the requests of his father with decisive discernment. Our chapter closes with the words, “So the kingdom was now firmly in Solomon’s grip.”(2:46) May you be both decisive and discerning as you step into the lead of your life. What needs to be dealt with or cleaned up? p.s. I am NOT advocating for executions, haha – rather, sit down in prayer and ask Jesus what needs to be dealt with. Does your life bring him glory? Take stock of your life and establish your kingdom.🙏🏻🤲📑💝📊👸🙏🏻
Read 1 Kings 1 – We are rejoining the great King David today.
David is in the sunset years, old, but still king and capable of calling the shots. His son, Adonijah, overrides his father’s position and makes himself the self appointed king… Just as his brother, Absalom, attempted in 2 Samuel 15.
We get some insight into this audacious behavior as we learn that David never disciplined his son(1:6). Dads – you matter so much! Your presence in you little children’s lives will affect them for all of theirs – for better or worse.
Nathan… remember Nathan? He was the prophet who confronted David on his sin with Bathsheba (2 Sam 12). He now teams with Bathsheba to remind David of his vow to make Solomon the next king. David makes Solomon king, he is anointed, the rams horn is blown, and Solomon takes the throne. Adonijah’s ruse is fully exposed, his guest flee the banquet, and he pleads with King Solomon not to kill him.
Life is busy! Good things and not so good things are happening all around us. David declared, “As surely as the Lord lives, who has rescued me from every danger,”(1:29). Beloved, may you look in your past and see God’s rescue throughout, and use that to light the way into your fearless future.