GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April 10 Bible Reading: 1 Kings Chapters 10-12

COMPROMISE – a PATH to DESTRUCTION: "For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David" (1 Kings 11:4). "Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not fully follow the Lord, as did his father David" (v. 6). "So the Lord became angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned from the Lord God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice" (v. 9).

Solomon's extraordinary gift of wisdom was not sufficient to preserve him from falling into grievous and fatal errors. His love for the world and a ceaseless quest for pleasure (Eccl. 2:1-11) had corrupted his heart and had produced in him a state of mental darkness away from God’s truth. The grace of God then deserted him and the son of the pious David, the religiously trained child of Bathsheba and pupil of Nathan, instead of showing the stability of sound principle and mature experience became an old and foolish king (Eccl. 4:13).
Solomon’s fall from grace can be traced to his "love for many foreign women" (1 Kings 11:1). In fact, we can see that compromise to godly principles led Solomon on the path to destruction. In fact, Solomon broke every principle of restraint that the king of Israel was commanded by God to follow:
  1. The king should NOT multiply horses: LAW: When you come to the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, 'I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,' you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the Lord has said to you, 'You shall not return that way again.' (Deut 17:14-16). SOLOMON’S DISOBEDIENCE: Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots and twelve thousand horsemen. (1 Kings 4:26) And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen; he had one thousand four hundred chariots and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem. Also Solomon had horses imported from Egypt and Keveh; the king's merchants bought them in Keveh at the current price. (1 Kings 10:26, 28)
  2. The king shall NOT multiply wives: LAW: "Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away" (Deut 17:17a). SOLOMON’S DISOBEDIENCE: But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites-- from the nations of whom the Lord had said to the children of Israel, "You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods." Solomon clung to these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. (1 Kings 11:1-3). In fact, Solomon’s compromise started early when he made a treaty with Pharaoh, king of Egypt and married his daughter. "Now Solomon made a treaty with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and married Pharaoh's daughter..." (1 Kings 3:1a). He built a house for her that took 13 years. "Solomon also made a house like this hall for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had taken as wife" (1 Kings 7:8)
  3. The king shall NOT multiply silver or gold: LAW: "...nor shall he (King of Israel) greatly multiply silver and gold for himself" (Deut 17:17b). SOLOMON’S DISOBEDIENCE: "The weight of gold that came to Solomon yearly was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold. All King Solomon's drinking vessels were gold and all the vessels of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Not one was silver, for this was accounted as nothing in the days of Solomon."  (1 Kings 10:14, 21)
Thus, Solomon went on a path of compromise to destruction. To Solomon may be applied the words of Apostle Paul (Gal. 3:3), of Apostle John (Rev. 3:17) and of Prophet Isaiah (Isa 14:21). Let this be a lesson for us as well. If our sinful passions are not crucified and mortified by the grace of God, they never will die of themselves. Let him that thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall. We see how weak we are of ourselves, without the grace of God; let us therefore live in constant dependence on that grace. Let us watch and be sober: ours is a dangerous warfare, and in an enemy's country, while our worst enemies are the sins lurking in our own hearts. Let the following words of Apostle Paul be true in our lives as well: "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." (Gal 2:20)

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