Posts Tagged ‘King Solomon’

The Road to Destruction

October 14, 2013

Here  are the sermon notes from 10/13/13.

Introduction:  Solomon was the son of David and Bathsheba.  You might recall that Bathsheba was the woman with whom David had committed adultery.  She had become pregnant and David had her husband killed in battle so that he could marry her in an attempt to cover up the sinful act.  That baby did not live, but she had another child, Solomon, whom David appointed to be his successor.

Solomon, at the beginning of his reign asked God for wisdom to be able to rule the people.  God blessed him with wisdom, wealth, and a long life.

Solomon also built the first temple dedicated to God.  It was a magnificent temple.  It is as the dedication ceremony that we join in the story.

I.  The Glory of the Lord:  I Kings 8:10-13

And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, 11 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.

12 Then Solomon spoke:

“The Lord said He would dwell in the dark cloud.
13 I have surely built You an exalted house,
And a place for You to dwell in forever.”

This was probably the highlight of Solomon’s  religious life.  Can you even imagine the experience of the cloud filling the house of the Lord?  After this,  Solomon offers a prayer of dedication that is absolutely beautiful.  What a day that must have been!

I am sorry to say, that from this point.  Solomon’s religious fervor begins to go downhill.

II.  Wrong Emphasis:  I Kings 6:38 & 7:1

And in the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished in all its details and according to all its plans. So he was seven years in building it.

It took seven years to build the temple.  That is a long time.  It was a magnificent building.

 But Solomon took thirteen years to build his own house; so he finished all his house.

The word “but” is a small word with a large meaning.  It took thirteen years to build his own house.  Even for a king, that is extravagant  I believe that it shows a wrong emphasis on the part of Solomon.

We are told in Matthew 6:33:

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

God should always be our top priority.  For Solomon, early in his life, he begins to go off track.

We are told in Colossians 3:2:

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

I suspect that Solomon had his mind set too much on the things of this earth.

We are told in James 4:3-5

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?

God is meant to be our top priority.  It is easy to get caught up in the affairs of this world.  We should regularly examine our own hearts and lives to see if we are keeping the right emphasis in our lives.

How can we tell if we have the right emphasis?

First, are we taking the time for our daily devotions?  By that I mean, are we spending time each day in the Word of God, and in prayer?  Life can get busy and things can get squeezed out of our schedule.  We should be taking the time to be in the Word and in prayer.

Second, and these are not necessarily in any specific order, we should be taking the time for corporate worship.  Are we going to church?  We are not meant to serve God in isolation, but as part of a community of believers.

Third, are we honoring God with our finances?  Does the portion that we give to God in tithes and offerings come off the top, or does God get what is left over after we have satisfied our own needs and desires?

Fourth,  are we willing to serve God?  Do our lives reflect that service.  Are we honoring God in our jobs?  Do we use any of our free time to serve God, or others?  Or are we simply building our own lives?  Do we pray about how we use the resources that God has given us of time, talent, and money?

III.  The Road to Destruction: I KIngs 11:1-4

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. 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.

Solomon knew what the Word said about marriage.  He knew, but he ignored it.  If we get to a point in our lives that we are saying “I know the Bible says, but…”  then we are in serious trouble.  That is the road that leads to destruction.  We should never be in a place where we are consciously choosing sin, relying on God’s grace.  We are to rely on God’s grace to enable us to make the right choices, not the wrong ones.

Solomon slowly drifted away.

Let us guard our hearts and our lives, zealously following after the Lord our God.

 

 

 

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Unity in Worship

July 31, 2012

Here are the sermon notes from Sunday, July 22nd, 2012.

The scriptures that are used today are from the dedication of the temple that was built by King Solomon.

I.  Worship is Offered: II Chronicles 5:11-14

11 And it came to pass when the priests came out of the Most Holy Place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without keeping to their divisions), 12 and the Levites who were the singers, all those of Asaph and Heman and Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, stood at the east end of the altar, clothed in white linen, having cymbals, stringed instruments and harps, and with them one hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets— 13 indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying:

“For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever,”

that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.

When they were as one in praising and thanking the Lord, then the glory of the Lord filled the house.  Who knows what would happen, if the whole congregation were in unity as we worshiped?  I would encourage you all to seek the Lord with all of your hearts during our times of worship and prayer.  Who knows what God might do in our midst?

II.   Solomon Prays:  II Chronicles 6:12ff

A.  Hear and Judge:  vv22-23

22 “If anyone sins against his neighbor, and is forced to take an oath, and comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this temple, 23 then hear from heaven, and act, and judge Your servants, bringing retribution on the wicked by bringing his way on his own head, and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.

We should be aware that God does indeed reward the righteous, and punish the wicked.  We should seek in our lives to cease to do evil, and to learn to do good. Sometimes it may seem as though the wicked prosper, but we should know that the judgement of God will come upon all those who have rejected His ways.

B.  Hear and Forgive:  vv26-27

26 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them, 27 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.

When we repent and turn to God, He does indeed hear our prayers and forgive our sins.

    C.  Hear and Act: vv32-33

32 “Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, but has come from a far country for the sake of Your great name and Your mighty hand and Your outstretched arm, when they come and pray in this temple; 33 then hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, that all peoples of the earth may know Your name and fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this temple which I have built is called by Your name.

We can trust that God hears us when we pray, and that He is able to intervene on our behalf.  We can trust Him to help in times of need.  That help may not be in the way that we hope, but help will come.  God’s grace is sufficient for us.

III.  God Responds:  II Chronicles 7: 1-3

When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.[a] And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying:

“For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever.”

When people worship and pray in unity, God responds.  We cannot predict how God will respond, but we can trust that God hears us and is able and willing to respond to our worship and our prayers.

IV.  Everyone Gives:  II Chronicles 7:4

 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the Lord.

The people worshiped, Solomon prayed, God responded, and the people gave.  It is appropriate for us to give back to God a portion of what He has given us.  All good gifts come from God.  It is good for us to give back to God a portion of  our money, our time and our talents.  Actually, our whole lives and all that we have, should be dedicated to God.

V.  Gladness Filled Their Hearts: II Chronicles: 7:10

On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people away to their tents, joyful and glad of heart for the good that the Lord had done for David, for Solomon, and for His people Israel.

When we come together to worship, pray and give to God; as God responds and touches our hearts, we can be filled with the joy and gladness that comes from being in the presence of the Lord.  The joy of the Lord is our strength.  It does not come from worldly things, but from the presence of the Holy Spirit in our hearts.

 

 

 

 

 

A Father’s Advice

June 19, 2012

Here are the sermon notes from Sunday, June 17th, which was Fathers’ Day.

I.  A Father’s Advice : I Kings 2:1-4

2 Now the days of David drew near that he should die, and he charged Solomon his son, saying: “I go the way of all the earth; be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man. And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn; that the Lord may fulfill His word which He spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons take heed to their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul,’ He said, ‘you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’

Be Strong:  This is not referring to physical strength, but the strength to live by your convictions; to do the right thing when everyone else is doing the wrong thing, to do the right thing when everyone is watching you, or when no one is watching you.

Prove Yourself A Man:  Our society has a lot of wrong ideas of what it is to be a man.  To be a man from a Biblical perspective is to be able to lead the way spiritually.

Keep the Charge of the Lord:  We are all called to live according to the teaching of scripture.  In addition, each of us has a calling on our lives.  There is something that God has planned for us.  We are to live according to the Word, and to fulfill God’s plan for our lives.

That You May Prosper:  Prosperity comes in many forms.  It is not just money, but includes many things that we might not think of at first.

II.  A Prayer For Wisdom  I Kings 3:7-9

Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”

Before we can do what is right, we need to know what is right.  We read the Bible, interpret the Bible and apply the Bible.  There is plenty of room for error.  We need God’s help to correctly complete the process.

So, David’s advice to his son is good advise for us today.  We are to be strong morally, to know what is right, and do it.