Sorry, I have to apologize to you all, I have been slacking on my Bible study due to some other obligations, but mostly because I have been sick, but I am back on track and think I will take it a little easier, and maybe doing 2-3 a week instead of 5. We shall see.
Today we are going over 1 King's 3, 6-12 and you can click here to read the passage if you like.
First we read about Solomon asking for wisdom, something we all need to ask for. I like what it says here: 7 "Now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?"
I also like how God answers Solomon: 11 So God said to him, "Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both riches and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. 14 And if you walk in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life."
Next we read about how Solomon rules in the case of the two mother's who are arguing over a baby. Solomon is very wise in his ruling don't you think. Next we read how Solomon builds his temple and palace. How the ark is brought to the temple, Solomon's prayer of dedication, and the dedication of the temple.
Now this next part I really like...1 When Solomon had finished building the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and had achieved all he had desired to do, 2 the LORD appeared to him a second time, as he had appeared to him at Gibeon. 3 The LORD said to him: "I have heard the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.
We then read about the Queen of Sheba visiting Solomon, way cool. She was actually overwhelmed over Solomon's wealth, can you even imagine? We then read about Solomon's wives, wow he had a lot right! 700 wives of royal birth, and 300 concubines, and wouldn't you know it, they turned his heart away from God and the LORD became angry and raised up an adversary against him. Yet he does not destroy Solomon because the LORD had made a promise to Solomon. He did take the kingdom from Solomon's son as well as ten tribes. Next we read of Solomon's death and his buriel with his fathers in the city of David.
Finally we read of Israel rebelling against Rehoboam, and the golden calves at Bethel and Dan. Our next reading assignment is 1 King's 17-19, 21 you can click here to read this passage if you like. We will do this one on Wednesday!
Today's inspirational quote is...
Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you.