1 KINGS 8-11

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I read through 1 Kings 8-11 and SO MANY things stuck out to me. I’m going to try to briefly highlight 3 of them:

GOD’S NAME IS SUPREME

so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD (8:11).

this house, the place of which you have said, “My name shall be there”( 8:29).

in order that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your people Israel, and that they may know that this house that I have built is called by your name (8:43).

the city that you have chose, and the house that I have built for your name (8:48).

Throughout chapter 8 Solomon is putting on the finishing touches to the temple he has built, the ark is put inside of it, and he prays over it with the Israelites. This is one of the greatest moments in their history.

And what is it all for? It is for all the earth to know God and fear him. His glory dwells there and his name is thus tied to it. This is a big deal! The name of God is no small thing and this is why sin is taken seriously… because it makes his name to be small and unfeared.

GOD’S WISDOM IS UNPARALLELED

Thus King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. And the whole earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put into his mind (9:23-24).

This amazing wisdom that everyone wants access to that exists in Solomon finds is source from God. He gave it to Solomon. This is incredible! This is the God in whom we have been united by faith in Christ. We have access now to this wisdom!!

Through prayer I can tap into this same wisdom. How quick I am to forget this. How proud I am to search elsewhere for answers and guidance.

SOLOMON’S HEART GOES ASTRAY

For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly try to the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father (11:4).

And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other god (11:9-10).

The word that stuck out to me so much was “heart”. God was after Solomon’s heart. There were many bad things that would result from Solomon marrying foreign women, but they would stem from the fact that his heart would be turned.

God is primarily after our heart. After our affections and joy. Everything is a byproduct of this. We will stumble and fall but as long as we keep turning out heart to God as our true treasure, we will continue in him.

There are so many peripheral things Christians get upset over. We need to narrow in and focus on our hearts primarily. The exterior still matters no doubt and should be addressed. But the heart cannot be overlooked or missed.

“Lord, your name is great! You are worthy of all praise and sacrifice. And in you is the source of all wisdom and understanding. Help me to fear you. Help me to remember you. Keep my heart in tune with your Spirit that I may walk deeply with you. I plead with you what Solomon says in 8:58… Do not leave or forsake me, so that my heart will be inclined to you and to walk in all your commands and obey you with my whole heart, mind, body. Amen.”

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