1 Kings 10-11, Luke 23
1 Kings 10:8 “Happy are your men! Happy are your servants, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!” This verse really stuck out to me today. I always find that when God is at the center of my life I feel this undeniable joy that I cannot get from anyone else but Him! I pray that people see God’s light through me just as the Queen of Sheba saw it through Solomon and his men.
That is beautiful
I see so much love in what Joseph of Arimathea did for Jesus. He was a member of the Sanhedrin but didn’t agree with their decision to beat and murder an innocent man. Yet, he asks for the body, takes him off the cross (this couldn’t have been easy and was probably bloody given circumstances), and prepares him to be placed in his own tomb, perhaps uncertain in his own thoughts of who this man really was (yet having the respect and love to care for him with dignity). Just made me ponder.
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ”. – what kind of faith does it take to say this to a man DYING on a CROSS! The thief believed that God’s kingdom was coming even then!! Faith is being certain of what is not yet seen. Even when it looks absolutely impossible. Lord keep helping me develop this kind of faith in you!!
Ha – so true! I never thought of that.
How amazing of a way to put it!!
“34. And Jesus said, Father forgive them for they know not what they do. And they cast lots for his garments.” — even in his hour of need, our savior prayed forgiveness FOR US, for the very ones who crucified him and for those of us who weren’t there in physical sense but whose sins hung him there in our place. I am in awe of Jesus — Who takes the sin of the world on his shoulders and then prays forgiveness for his persecutors?! There is no one like you Jesus!
its crazy how amazing he is.
1 Kings 10:6-7 “She said to the king, “The report was true that I heard in my own land of your words and of your wisdom, but I did not believe the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it”. We hear the truth … but so often require additional proof before believing. “It’s not enough to hear someone else say it’s true. Unless I see it myself, I will not believe”. Though I often say, “I cannot believe”. Is it a matter of “cannot” or “will not”?
the passage about Solomon really speaks to me about the favor of God. when Solomon was pursuing God, worshipping Him, bringing glory to Him, God blessed Solomon so abundantly, but when Solomon started to stray, he departed from the umbrella of Gods favor and blessing. the same happens for us. there is nothing we can ever do to escape God’s love for us, but God will not bless what doesn’t glorify Him. It’s not necessarily that God sends bad things out way, but when we are sinning and turning away from God, we are willingly removing ourselves from the shelter of His favor and will. is this true for every bad thing that happens to us? no, I don’t think so, because bad things still happen to those following Christ. but God is a faithful and just God. he won’t bless a sinful lifestyle nearly as much as he will bless a life seeking Him.
I read all that Solomon acquired and the magnificent things he built to the glory of himself and his family instead of sharing the wealth with each and every member of God’s people and I think he was loosing his wisdom for along time before he became so obsessed with “things” (greed) and lust ( wives and concubines) and idolizations of pagan women and pagan gods. If he had stayed true to the path God meant for his wisdom to take the people he would not have fallen into greed, lust and idol worship. All the beauty of Solomon is overshadowed by the loss of his soul.
It’s like Jesus says in the New Testament, what does a main stand to profit if he gains the world but loses his soul (paraphrase)? May we keep our eyes on God, turning not to the left or the right when successes and riches knock on our door. May we stay focused on Him and keep our souls!
Great reference verse! Salomon is a perfect example of this! Every time I read about the ending of his life, I feel physically ill!
Can anyone shed light on the number of tribes Ahijah is talking about? He refers to giving Jeroboam 10, and Solomon having one. Where is the other tribe to add up,to 12?
I noticed that too. I think that it totals 11 because the Levites didn’t technically hAve and inheritance since they were tasked with temple work. Therefore, they shouldn’t be counted.
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