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#505
100 years ago, men did not do in the light what they did in the night, but today, they're doing it in the light.

1 KINGS 1, Verses 1-27

Today we go back to the Old Testament to look at more pictures! 1st and 2nd Kings are a continuation of 1st and 2nd Samuel. King David is a picture of Christ winning the wonderful victory over Satan and the power of evil; Solomon is a picture of Christ in peace, prosperity and wisdom, reigning over the earth in the millennium.

1 Kgs 1:1-4 Different efforts were made to keep King David alive; all human methods.

1 Kgs 1:5-10 Even after David dies, another of his sons, Adonijah, rebels and announces himself the new king. You may remember God said that the sword would never depart from David's family (because he had sinned -2 Sam. 12:10), so here it falls again. David was a good king but a poor father. He had never corrected this son. Adonijah did not want to have with him those who were devoted to God's king, David.

1 Kgs 1:11-27 Bathsheba and Nathan seem concerned about their own welfare as well as whether Solomon should be king.

#506

Satan has power against pretension; against knowledge; but not against obedience... if we are acting by the Word, with no will of our own.

1 KINGS 1, Verses 28-53

1 Kgs 1:28-40 King, priest, and prophet (verses 28 and 32) are all together. (In the millennium this will be Christ's place; He is all three - see Revelation 19:16; Hebrews 7:21-28). Solomon is proclaimed king of Israel. About the year 1015 B.C. He reigned for 40 years. God had chosen him to be a king who would be wise, make righteous decisions and rule over Israel at the time of its highest glory, prosperity, unity and peace.

1 Kgs 1:41-53 The news of God's choice brings fear to those who wanted Adonijah to be king. (He was Solomon's elder brother). He is another picture of the days which are yet to come in the tribulation, when the head of the revived Roman Empire (it is taking shape in Europe now with 12 nations forming an economic union) is called the "Beast" (Revelation 13:1). Then there will be another man, the "man of sin", the "antichrist" who will try to rule the world. The Lord Jesus will suddenly appear in the sky, (we believers with Him), and will overcome both these men (Rev. 19:19 to 21) and cast alive them alive into hell. Then the Lord Jesus will be the Ruler of the world for 1,000 years ("E" to "F" on chart). So in our chapter we see a picture of all this. Doesn't it thrill your heart to realize that the Lord Jesus will yet have His right place in this world?

#507

Today, Satan can, and will introduce himself, the moment that I fail to lean absolutely on God... (Easy to be seen!)

1 KINGS 2

1 Kgs 2:1-4 What wonderful words for us all to apply to our life. What God here promises to do to Solomon, He will do to you too, but it requires obedience to God. Let Him prove it!

1 Kgs 2:5-9 David had shown mercy to Joab and Shimei, but these two men did not repent, so their punishment is to be settled by wise Solomon. And as David remembered their bad acting, he also remembered the kindness of Barzillai (2 Samuel 19:31-38).

1 Kgs 2:13-25 No repentance - no blessing! Adonijah knew who God's choice was - verse 15, but instead of personally going to Solomon to humble himself in confession, he sends the king's mother to try to get a favour for himself.

1 Kgs 2:26-27 Abiathar's faithfulness to David is not forgotten. But Abiathar had not continued with God's choice, instead he had sided with Adonijah (chapter 1, verse 7), and now he loses his favoured place as priest.

1 Kgs 2:28-35 Joab had been the general of David's army, but he had not acted according to the desires of the king.

1 Kgs 2:36-46 A simple way to avoid death, but after three years Shimei no longer remembers the king's words. This cost him his life. (These two chapters are strong reminders that our life is going to be reviewed before God).

#508

My state makes me fall into the snare the enemy has spread for me.

1 KINGS 3

1 Kgs 3:1 "Made affinity" means he "joined himself" by marriage with the king of Egypt. This was Solomon's first step in the wrong course. "Brought her into the city of David" - she did not belong in the royal palace. "An end of building his own house". Solomon placed more importance on finishing his own house than on the Lord's house. "The wall of Jerusalem" should have had a more important place in his thoughts, and it would have kept Solomon from his first mistake.

1 Kgs 3:3 But there is hope for better things, because his heart was right. (The closer we get to the Lord, the more we will see things in our own lives as He sees them, whether good or bad.)

1 Kgs 3:4-9 In some things Solomon did what was right; here is one example. The Lord was pleased.

1 Kgs 3:10-15 Solomon received inner power from God, had understanding, and was given far more than he could imagine. He responds with praise and thanksgiving to God, with God's people in God's appointed place.

1 Kgs 3:16-28 God's wisdom works in a world of sin and selfishness! (If we walk with God each day, He will cause us to make right choices for His honour, and others will see the results).

#509

The more one is in the forefront of the battle the more he will be exposed to the fiery darts. The more you bear testimony to God's thoughts, God's mind, and the place the saints have in God's mind, the more you will be the object of Satan's attacks.

1 KINGS 4

1 Kgs 4:1-28 Everything was in godly order under God's king and all the people were happy. These chapters give us a little picture of the Kingdom of Christ in the millennium. In that future time Israel (all twelve tribes) will be happily gathered together around Christ, their King, and nothing will be lacking - verse 17!

1 Kgs 4:20 We can't pass this verse without a comment. It seems so much like a wild party or self-indulgence (as we find said by the foolish men in Luke 12:19). However, it is really a picture of the future millennium, when everyone will enjoy personal peace. But for today the believer is in a world where there is no peace. Instead we are to be witnesses for a rejected Christ. So the beautiful verse for us is Romans 14:17; think that over.

1 Kgs 4:29-34 From the greatest to the least, Solomon was above all and could speak with intelligence on any subject. Verse 34 reminds us of Zech. 14:16, for Christ is "the King".

#510

Satan has no kind of power while the soul is walking in obedience to God's Word.

1 KINGS 5

1 Kgs 5:1-11 Not only is all Israel rejoicing under their king, but here is a Gentile king happily doing what Solomon asks! In Christ's kingdom, the whole earth will obey Him. Luke 2:14 shall be fulfilled.

1 Kgs 5:12-18 Many hands busy at one building. Probably the most magnificent and costly building ever erected on this earth. God Himself spoke about it. Read what He said in chapter 9:3. These words make us realize that the temple is a picture of the great and glorious reign of Christ during the 1,000 years known as the millennium. Though this building was later destroyed, then rebuilt and destroyed once more, it will again be rebuilt. But Scripture always speaks of it as one house. Read Haggai 2:9. When the Lord Jesus was on earth, He called it "my Father's house" - John 2:16.

1 Kgs 5:17 Interesting verse. The stones have three descriptions. Remembering these words, now turn to Eph. 2:19-22 to see that you (each believer) are a stone in the temple God is now building. Does that fill your heart with joy?

#511

It is not the strength of the enemy which I have to dread, but my own iniquity which enfeebles me.

1 KINGS 6

1 Kgs 6:1-10 This building was more than twelve times the size of the tabernacle building. The tabernacle had been made of boards which could be taken down and moved (necessary for traveling through the wilderness), but this temple was built of stone, as a permanent building in the promised land. This temple went up without a sound from man's tools - verse 7.

1 Kgs 6:11-13 Further blessing for Israel depended upon Solomon's faithfulness.

1 Kgs 6:14-22 The cedar tree represents the glory of man at his best. It is all hidden in this temple by being entirely covered with gold, (divine righteousness). The "oracle" was the room for the ark - verse 19, and there was also the alter - verse 22, just as in the tabernacle, though everything was in larger scale except the ark.

1 Kgs 6:23-28 Cherubim for the ark are connected with this room too. In the millennium there will be the government of the Lord to rule everything perfectly and judging sins every day. Cherubim (heavenly beings) carry out God's punishment for sins.

1 Kgs 6:29-36 The tabernacle had a veil of linen in front of the room in which the ark stood, but in this temple there are folding doors of wood covered with gold. In Christianity we believers have no "doors" keeping us from the presence of God - Hebrews 10:19-22; but Israel did not and will not have such a favoured place of liberty.

1 Kgs 6:37-38 The temple is finished.

#512

Satan's devices... God's absolute remedy... our responsibility to learn both.

1 KINGS 7, Verses 1-22

1 Kgs 7:1-12 The house of the king was over 4 times bigger than the temple and took Solomon almost twice as long to build it. (Do we learn something from this? But in the day when all this is fulfilled on earth, we believers will be with Christ, sharing not only heavenly blessings, but His rule over the earth, as "the bride, the Lamb's wife". Rev. 21:9-27).

1 Kgs 7:7 Here also Solomon gave decisions on all matters concerning the kingdom. It is all a picture of the reign of Christ during the millennium, when the Lord shall rule the world through Israel.

1 Kgs 7:15-22 Two pillars - "Jachin" (meaning "He will establish") and "Boaz" (meaning "in Him is strength"), both beautifully decorated. Christ will fulfill both in His own blessed Person in the millennium. (He alone can be the same for us Christians now).

#513

Satan ever seeks to use that which is good to displace Christ.

1 KINGS 7, Verses 23-51

1 Kgs 7:23-46 One huge bowl about 15 feet across its brim (it held almost 13 thousand gallons of water) resting on twelve brass oxen.

1 Kgs 7:47 "Found out" means that the weight was so great that Solomon could not measure it! Brass, in Scripture, is a picture of endurance, or testing. (This verse enables us to understand a little, but never fully, what Christ endured on the cross. It was only known to God. See Hebrews 12:1-4).

1 Kgs 7:48-5l What David had prepared, Solomon brings in, and all is complete. Christ will do the work of repentance in Israel's heart (Zech. 12:10) and He will also establish them in His land of promise in peace (Psalm 29:10-11; Isaiah 32:15-18).

#514

It is not knowing Satan that enables us to discern his "wiles", but in keeping in God's presence. It was always so with Christ.

1 KINGS 8, Verses 1-32

1 Kgs 8:2 This was the Feast of Tabernacles (see your notes on Leviticus 23).

1 Kgs 8:3-4 All was godly order here, according to Numbers 4.

1 Kgs 8:5 They willingly offered more than they could count.

1 Kgs 8:6 The only piece of furniture from the tabernacle which went into the temple.

1 Kgs 8:8 The priests could go into "the holy place" but not into "the oracle" (the "holiest of all"), where the ark was. They could see the end of the staves only, but that was enough to remind them that God was with them. The rest of the people of Israel who were "without" (outside the building) did not see any of this. (Today we who are Christians are priests and it is our happy privilegeto be able to go through the veil into the very presence of God - Hebrews 10:19-22).

1 Kgs 8:10-11 God proved that He was pleased, by having a cloud (the glory of the Lord) fill the temple. (So it was with the beginning of the church - Acts 4:31-33).

1 Kgs 8:12-21 The voice of praise and thanksgiving to God out of a full heart!

1 Kgs 8:22-30 The voice of prayer and supplication to God out of a dependent heart! Notice the importance of "the place" where the Lord said His Name would be. There was only one such place in all Israel and for all Israel. (Compare Matthew 18:20 and see what "the place" is for believers today.)

1 Kgs 8:31-32 Individual sins were to be settled "in the house" (the Temple), if they could not be settled privately between neighbours - compare Matthew 18:15-17.

#515

Satan knows no more, or less, of the future than we do, as revealed in God's Word.

1 KINGS 8, Verses 33-66

1 Kgs 8:33-40 Sins of which the people as a whole were guilty, were also to be forgiven if there was confession "toward this house". (In 2 Corinthians 7:8-12, the assembly at Corinth had learned to forgive when there was confession of the evil done).

1 Kgs 8:46-53 This later happened to Israel. Daniel chapter 9:4 shows us a man who remembered these verses about 400 years after Solomon's prayer.

1 Kgs 8:55-61 How dependent Solomon was! (That is the only safe attitude for us, too).

1 Kgs 8:62-66 If you and I are living with a good conscious toward God we would be happy just as these people were! The Lord wants us to be happy every day and He has told us how we may be happy... by obedience to His Word.

#516

What a mystery of iniquity it is, that the church should have been made the nest where Satan has brought forth the fullness of iniquity of man!

1 KINGS 9

1 Kgs 9:1-9 The reason why Israel has had terrible trouble for the last 2500 years! (Hosea 3:4).

1 Kgs 9:10-14 In chapter 5, Solomon had given Hiram all that was agreed upon. These 20 cities were an additional gift, but Hiram called the gift "Cabul" which means "of no value". Hiram apparently did not appreciate receiving some of the promised land of Israel, thinking more highly of his own city of Tyre.

1 Kgs 9:15-23 There was a difference between the Israelites and those of the nations who had previously controlled the land. In Matthew 17:24-27, the Lord Jesus points out this difference to Peter. But then He had Peter pay the tribute money, because at that time the Gentiles were in control.

1 Kgs 9:25 In the millennium, the sacrifices will be carried on again under the direction of Christ, Israel's King. (The church will never participate in them, for we, the church, will be in heaven at that time).

1 Kgs 9:26-28 Solomon's fame is beginning to spread further through his servants.

#517

If I am walking as born of God... and as having on the whole armour of God... the flesh being kept in the place of death... then Satan can have no effect on me. 1 John 5:18

1 KINGS 10

1 Kgs 10:1-3 His fame reaches the ears of a queen over 1400 miles away in Southern Arabia. His fame is in connection with the Name of the Lord. Even though a queen, she must take the learner's place before king Solomon. (What a picture of Christ Who will be King of kings and Lord of lords!)

1 Kgs 10:4-9 She not only paid attention to Solomon's words and works, but she carefully watched every move of his servants and how they were dressed!

1 Kgs 10:10-13 She gave to him. (Believers have the privilege of giving to the Lord, as well as giving ourselves, and what we possess). But then he gave to her. (The Lord will be the "Giver" and we the receivers).

1 Kgs 10:14-22 Solomon's wealth was so great that silver was not even thought about - verse 21!

1 Kgs 10:23-29 This is what will be true of Christ in His kingdom on earth during the millennium.

#518

Christendom and Israel, both have refused the true Christ... both are to receive the false one... the Antichrist.

1 KINGS 11

1 Kgs 11:1-8 But... what a sad word! Could it be that this man would depart from following the Lord Who had blessed him so greatly? Yes. (And so may we if we are not on guard.) "Strange women" means that they were not Israelites. (If we keep company with unbelievers, that is what they will do to us - verse 4).

1 Kgs 11:9-13 Solomon did not stop being a believer, but he is now a disobedient believer, and so the Lord takes away the honour Solomon had as God's leader among His people. This is what is called the "government" of God. See also Gal. 6:7.

1 Kgs 11:14-25 Two trouble makers now appear. (The believer's failures are what give strength and opportunity to our enemies.) Hadad was related to Israel. Rezon was a Gentile.

1 Kgs 11:26-40 We will be reading quite a bit about this young man. He had some good ways - verse 28, and some bad ways - verse 26.

1 Kgs 11:41-43 Only 3 kings, Saul, David and Solomon reigned over the united kingdom of Israel through their adult life. Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel for forty years. The next King Who shall reign over a united Israel is the Lord Jesus Himself! (Read Psalm 48:2). And He will be King for 1,000 years!

#519

It is well to remember that the spreading of what is evil is natural; whereas the spreading of the truth requires the power of God.

1 KINGS 12, Verses 1-20

1 Kgs 12:1-5 Rehoboam, Solomon's son, had a good beginning with "all Israel".

1 Kgs 12:6-11 But he soon begins to slip, by not listening to those older and wiser than he. "Scorpions" - verse 11, (a kind of whip with knotted points).

1 Kgs 12:12-15 Rehoboam used rough, harsh talk, and we shall see the results. But the Lord was using all this to bring about what He had planned and written in chapter 11:26 to 32 and because of verse 33.

1 Kgs 12:20 The promise of chapter 11, verse 37, was said privately to Jeroboam. The ten tribes did not hear that, but here they fulfill it and rebel against God's king.

#520

Discerning false doctrine is very difficult; it requires the distinguishing the substance from the artifices with which it is sought to justify it... to hide it under the appearance of truth.

1 KINGS 12, Verses 21-33

1 Kgs 12:21-24 These two tribes had to submit to the Lord in the sorrowful split that had taken place, for all the people were guilty.

1 Kgs 12:24 There is a remarkable statement in the middle of this verse... "this thing is from Me" (Has something happened in your Christian life that has been a real sorrow to you? Remember, you have not been placed where you are by chance. He has allowed it so that you might learn that the best friend is Jesus. When we are in difficulties or trials, the closer we get to the Lord, the more we will understand that the Lord is saying to us, "this thing is from Me").

1 Kgs 12:25-33 He knew very well where God's centre still was (11:27 and 38), but his own self-importance was getting in the way of obedience to the Lord. The results? He made false centers of worship and his own arrangements in those places. What does the Scripture say of this human division - verse 30? Christ is God's Centre, and His Name alone. The Word of God is the only source of true teaching as to worship and Christian order in the assembly.

#521

It is only when we can say that every other child of God belongs to the same church that we do, that we are on the ground (foundation) of the church of God.

1 KINGS 13, verses 1-10

1 Kgs 13:1-3 The Lord sends His messenger with a serious warning to those who were gathering in a false centre at Bethel. (When you have read these 3 verses, turn to 2 Kings 23:16-18, to see that what is said here was carried out there about 350 years later!)

1 Kgs 13:4 The king was out of his place in being at an altar. (Those who are in a wrong place of worship today also lose their discernment of what God requires). The king is angry, and immediately God causes his arm to be withered.

1 Kgs 13:6 Godly kindness to one who did not deserve this mercy.

1 Kgs 13:7-10 A real test for the man of God after he had performed this miracle on the disobedient and rebellious king.

#522

Clericalism is Judaism adapted by human devices to a faith from which it is essentially different and to which it is radically opposed.

1 KINGS 13, Verses 11-34

1 Kgs 13:11-19 The man of God cannot rest on his past faithfulness. He had the Word of God, and God Himself could not have given the angel opposite directions. The man of God disobeys through a deceiving prophet (religious teacher).

1 Kgs 13:20-22 (If we know the will of God but do not put it into practice (obey) we will lose out in our soul.

1 Kgs 13:23-32 The prophet mourned his death. But he made no move to get out of that false centre at Bethel. (Do you say, yes, I know that denominations and divisions among God's people are wrong and that all Christians should be gathered only to the name of the Lord Jesus? If yes... are you carrying this out?) This is the real way to bringing glory to the Lord.

1 Kgs 13:33-34 Even after all this, Jeroboam goes on with his own planning.

#523

God sanctifies the disappointments of our life if we have an ungrieved spirit about them at the time.

1 KINGS 14

1 Kgs 14:1-5 He continues his schemes, but the Lord is not fooled and neither is the Lord's servant who stayed in the right place.

1 Kgs 14:6-16 God tells Ahijah who the woman really is! God told him a lot more as well. Awful message, but who did Jeroboam have to blame? What a mercy is verse 13. The child was not old enough to be personally guilty of his father's bad ways, so the Lord takes the child to Himself out of that sinful house (see Matthew 18:10-11, 14.)

1 Kgs 14:17-20 Two deaths.

1 Kgs 14:21 The Lord tells us again where His one centre was.

1 Kgs 14:22-24 But it is important to notice that those who were at the place where the Lord had put His Name, were also unfaithful.

1 Kgs 14:25-31 The Lord allowed the king of Egypt to attack Jerusalem and even to break into the house of the Lord and take away its treasures. Notice that the king makes more shields, but to defend whose house? (When we do not value Christ as our one gathering Centre, the Lord sometimes allows the enemy to rob us of our treasures).

#524

In general, when we think that we are judging circumstances, it is God Who is judging us... judging our state.

1 KINGS 15

1 Kgs 15:1-8 Rehoboam's son now becomes king of Judah. He follows in his father's steps and has no heart to please or obey the Lord. Notice the length of his reign.

1 Kgs 15:9-15 Faithful king, especially in his own house with his unfaithful parents. A real encouragement to any whose parents are not saved.

1 Kgs 15:16-24 But he did not continue faithfully when outsiders threatened him. (Be careful about how far you go in your relationship with unsaved neighbours, school-mates or business people).

1 Kgs 15:25-34 Those who followed Jeroboam. God never forgot what Jeroboam had done in leading Israel away from God's centre - verses 26-34. And not one king of those 10 tribes ever did "what was right in the sight of the Lord", because they always opposed that one centre and encouraged the division of God's people.

#525

We can know what to do in circumstances, but we shouldn't be guided by them.

1 KINGS 16

1 Kgs 16:1-7 Basha reaps his own punishment because of his bad example before the 10 tribes.

1 Kgs 16:8-14 Sorrow through strong drink (it is a sin against God to get drunk - Gal. 5:21).

1 Kgs 16:15-20 He was the king for just 7 days, and then lost his life, because he plotted the death of another - compare 1 John 3:14.

1 Kgs 16:21-28 What a reputation this fellow had - verse 25. He did better than all before him - he was a success - but it was all evil in God's eyes!

1 Kgs 16:29-34 But Ahab went even further, deliberately marrying a wicked woman of the Gentiles, worshipping heathen gods, and then setting up a heathen idol ("grove" - verse 33).

#526

Every believer has to learn what he is through the circumstances in which he is placed.

1 KINGS 17

1 Kgs 17:1 "Elijah" means "Whose God is Jehovah". The ten tribes had been led further and further from the Lord by their kings, until Ahab actually turned them to open idolatry. So Elijah is a rebuke to Ahab and the 10 tribes, and he suddenly speaks up.

1 Kgs 17:2-6 He was not popular and had to hide himself, but the Lord took care of him.

1 Kgs 17:7-16 It was humbling for him to be fed by a widow woman, off in a corner outside the land of Israel. But he is obedient, and blessing comes to this Gentile home as a result.

1 Kgs 17:17-24 God, in Whom is the power of resurrection, shows this power in a Jew for a Gentile. (So is God's way today in giving eternal life to us Gentiles, who were dead in trespasses and sins).

#527

May we know the joy of having Jesus wipe away the tears from our eyes, and know that it is more blessed to have Him wipe away our tears than to have no tears to wipe away.

1 KINGS 18

1 Kgs 18:1-6 "Obadiah" means "Servant of Jehovah". He risked his job to save some of the Lord's servants from his master's wife. These 100 prophets are a picture of the remnant of Israel (after we believers are in heaven) who will be preserved in the awful persecutions by the Antichrist.

1 Kgs 18:7-8 Obadiah may have feared the Lord, but he was serving a wicked, idolatrous king. Therefore he had no courage to tell the truth to king Ahab. Obadiah knew the good things of this earth, Elijah knew the good things of heaven.

1 Kgs 18:17-20 How hardened was Ahab! How courageous was Elijah! (verse 15 tells why).

1 Kgs 18:21-24 Elijah asks a good question - verse 21. The disobedient people, following a sinful leader, are silent and then answer insincerely.

1 Kgs 18:25-29 The false teachers have no power, and only make fools of themselves in the presence of God's servant.

1 Kgs 18:30-39 The false prophets had made their own altar - verse 26, but Elijah restores and uses the altar of the Lord. This altar and the sacrifice represent Christ in His death on the cross, suffering under the fire of God's judgment against sin, and alone bringing glory to the Name of Jehovah on behalf of all 12 tribes of Israel (the whole nation - 12 stones).

1 Kgs 18:40 All the false teachers die.

1 Kgs 18:41-46 Showers of blessing through God's servant - so will it be in the millennium; punishment first, then blessing (see Psalm 72, especially verse 6).

#528

There is no bitterness, even in the deepest sorrow, unless the will is at work. It is the working of the will that brings the bitterness.

1 KINGS 19

1 Kgs 19:1-9 Every picture of Christ in the Scriptures, falls short. Poor Elijah runs for his life from this wicked woman, instead of leaning on the Lord's power. But the Lord graciously cares for His failing servant, strengthening him for what he could not do himself.

1 Kgs 19:10-12 Now it is the Lord's turn to ask a question. Elijah's answer showed that he had become proud of his faithfulness. The Lord's answer - a still (soft) small (gentle) voice.

1 Kgs 19:13-14 He is not humbled, but keeps on with his pride.

1 Kgs 19:15-18 So he loses his place as the Lord's prophet. (Serious words for any who would be servants of the Lord today).

1 Kgs 19:19-21 (Singleness of heart is needed to be a follower of Christ). Elisha was learning faithfulness in his work at home, but he almost let his parents come between him and following God's servant. (Christ must have the first place in our hearts).

#529

God never leaves the conscience of His children in the enemy's hands.

1 KINGS 20

1 Kgs 20:1-6 Ahab had no power over enemies because he had turned away from the Lord (first step downward) and gave himself over to the Gentiles (second step). This lead to the encouraging of the ungodly to try to go further in taking everything of value (third step).

1 Kgs 20:7-21 Ahab tries to bluff his way out of the difficulty - Verse 11, but he only makes things worse. An unnamed servant of the Lord delivers the Lord's message of mercy. Would this humble Ahab?

1 Kgs 20:26-34 Israel's power was in the Lord - verse 28, not in their own abilities. Does the victory produce obedience? Is making a covenant (agreement) with the Gentile king honouring the Lord?

1 Kgs 20:35-43 Ahab is exposed by a man who understands God's thoughts. God insists on the separation of His people from the ungodly. Those who treat this lightly will bring on themselves the heavy hand of the Lord. Ahab will not even now admit his wrong, but goes home heavy (sullen) and displeased (vexed).

#530

Redemption from Egypt brings us into the desert. If we have not God there... we have nothing.

1 KINGS 21

1 Kgs 21:1-3 Another faithful man in Israel. Naboth would not give up his inheritance from the Lord. How could money or some other piece of ground replace what God had chosen for him?

1 Kgs 21:4 Same words said of Ahab here as the last verse of chapter 20. Worse to come.

1 Kgs 21:5-16 Terrible act by Ahab's wicked wife. The leaders of that city were under the power of this woman. But God recorded it all.

1 Kgs 21:17-26 And God will punish evil doers according to what He has seen.

1 Kgs 21:27-29 Ahab finally humbles himself, and the Lord shows that He sees this too. The punishment must come, but in mercy the Lord says He will give a little relief in his own lifetime.

#531

There is nothing in the wide world, or of it, which can refresh the new man, any more than there is in heaven to satisfy the old.

1 KINGS 22, Verses 1-28

1 Kgs 22:1-4 If the words of Ahab, king of the 10 tribes, were bad in chapter 20:4 (with a Gentile), these words (in verse 4) of the king of Judah to Ahab are worse!

1 Kgs 22:5-8 Jehoshaphat, in a wrong association, has a troubled conscience. Ahab is satisfied with the advice of those who told him what he wanted to hear. But there is another faithful man whose advice is not wanted.

1 Kgs 22:9-12 Can 400 men be anything but right? Is it true that "in numbers there is strength"? These were the reasonings of the mind, but not God's thoughts.

1 Kgs 22:13-18 Is the truth of God ever "evil" - verse 18? To the person unwilling to follow God, it is.

1 Kgs 22:19-28 The servant of God knows what kind of a spirit is behind the 400, and he plainly tells them all. He is like the Lord Jesus Who suffered such terrible treatment from His own people, without being delivered by God (see Lamentations 3:30 and Matthew 26:67-68).

#532

The marks of Egypt appear in Abraham's family, when they were no longer seen in him. What marks are we leaving on our children?

1 KINGS 22, Verses 29-53

1 Kgs 22:29-33 Jehoshaphat almost loses his life because of his wrong association.

1 Kgs 22:34-40 It looked like an "accidental" shot, but God will see to it that His Word is fulfilled in every way.

1 Kgs 22:41-50 There were some things Jehoshaphat failed to do (God does not miss anything in our lives), but at least he seems to have learned his lesson with Ahab - verse 49. And he did do some good things which are also written down - verse 46. God is writing up His people - Psalm 87:6 - (what is He writing down about us?)

1 Kgs 22:51-53 Another king of the 10 tribes - another sad story of "like father, like son".

 

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