1 Kings Chapter 8

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1 Kings 8

1 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion.

And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month.

And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.

And they brought up the ark of the Lord, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, even those did the priests and the Levites bring up.

And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled unto him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor numbered for multitude.

And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of theLord unto his place, into the oracle of the house, to the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims.

For the cherubims spread forth their two wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above.

And they drew out the staves, that the ends of the staves were seen out in the holy place before the oracle, and they were not seen without: and there they are unto this day.

There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.

10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord,

11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord.

12 Then spake Solomon, The Lord said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

13 I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever.

14 And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood;)

15 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying,

16 Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build an house, that my name might be therein; but I chose David to be over my people Israel.

17 And it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel.

18 And the Lord said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine heart to build an house unto my name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart.

19 Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy son that shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house unto my name.

20 And the Lord hath performed his word that he spake, and I am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and have built an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel.

21 And I have set there a place for the ark, wherein is the covenant of the Lord, which he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.

22 And Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven:

23 And he said, Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart:

24 Who hast kept with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.

25 Therefore now, Lord God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me.

26 And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father.

27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

28 Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:

29 That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place.

30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.

31 If any man trespass against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to cause him to swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house:

32 Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.

33 When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again to thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee in this house:

34 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest unto their fathers.

35 When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them:

36 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.

37 If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be;

38 What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:

39 Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)

40 That they may fear thee all the days that they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.

41 Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name’s sake;

42 (For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray toward this house;

43 Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.

44 If thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever thou shalt send them, and shall pray unto theLord toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I have built for thy name:

45 Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.

46 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;

47 Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness;

48 And so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name:

49 Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause,

50 And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them:

51 For they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron:

52 That thine eyes may be open unto the supplication of thy servant, and unto the supplication of thy people Israel, to hearken unto them in all that they call for unto thee.

53 For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord God.

54 And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven.

55 And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying,

56 Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.

57 The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us:

58 That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers.

59 And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication before the Lord, be nigh unto the Lord our God day and night, that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel at all times, as the matter shall require:

60 That all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God, and that there is none else.

61 Let your heart therefore be perfect with the Lord our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.

62 And the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before the Lord.

63 And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered unto the Lord, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of theLord.

64 The same day did the king hallow the middle of the court that was before the house of the Lord: for there he offered burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings: because the brasen altar that was before the Lordwas too little to receive the burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings.

65 And at that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt, before the Lord our God, seven days and seven days, even fourteen days.

66 On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the Lord had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people.

26 thoughts on “1 Kings Chapter 8

  1. 36 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.

    36 Then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, when You teach them the good way in which they should walk. And give rain upon Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance. Amplified

    We need to forgive the ones that have done things to us and teach them the way they should go. We need to help the new babes in church how to walk and be there for them.

  2. v11 So the priest could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD

    The hand of GOD has rent the vail. It’s the hand of GOD that makes a way for you.
    We can learn to stand in the HOLY PLACE
    Pray,honor and respond to HIS Presence
    Glory and Power
    Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of JESUS.
    Heb.10:19

    GOD made a way for us
    Rev.3:8. I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strengh, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

    That’s why repentance of sins and remission is preached in HIS NAME ( they did not know this
    back then) Lk chp. 24… 46-48. Sick people are healed,the dead are raised, water walked on. JESUS opened there understanding that they might understand the scriptures
    Luke 24
    Talk about our FATHER’S BUSINESS
    Thank you Bro. Ward

    You’ll never live until you have the Power
    Of GOD
    “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name” Ps.29:2
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  3. ILove to eat breakfast with Jesus

    Thank you Lord for Hearing our Prayer

    And the Lord said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. (1 Kings 9:3 KJV)

    Our God is awesome and he hears our prayers

  4. If we will trust and obey God, he will bless us. We must walk in the newness of life that he has given us through the Holy Ghost and follow his Spirit where ever it may lead us.

  5. 10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord,

    11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord.

    Love this verse, can you imagine Pastor trying to preach and everything that comes out of his mouth is Holy Ghost, Fire Talking, Tongues!!!! Feeling the presence so very strong that you couldn’t speak English if you tried? Solomon’s prayer was beautiful, do not let them forget that You inhabit this temple Lord, no matter where they go have them face in this direction for their prayers. I wonder if that is the reason that so many still make a pilgrimage to the Wailing Wall to pray and make their request known. Thank God the Temple of the Lord dwell in us now by the Holy Ghost and all we have to do is open our mouth and have make our request known, but don’t forget to bring a sacrifice, and worship for He deserve the best of the best and ALL we got.

    Can think of anything else but as Bro. Ward so eloquently put it, what have you done for the Father’s Business?

  6. NO LIGHTS AND SMOKE MACHINE REQUIRED

    9 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.
    10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord,
    11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord.

    The Temple was simply an empty house without the Ark of the LORD. We are simply gathering at a house when we fail to bring the presence of the LORD into the house.

    Worship is what creates the atmosphere for GOD’s presence! Not only did the worship produce the atmosphere it brought an approval for the Temple built unto the LORD.

    The only item left in the Ark was the two tables of stone. The WORD is all that is required along with WORSHIP for GOD to move in the midst of HIS Temple. The rod of Aaron and the bowl of Manna were seasonal miracles and the WORD was kept for the Miraculous power and glory of GOD.

    Keep the WORD

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  7. I see Solomon’s prayer as a pastor’s prayer crying out for the people that is under his command or for lost. praying and asking if that temple is what the Lord wanted.

  8. What a wonderful word this morning. A form of praise unto the Lord of God.
    When a servant listens and obeys the King of Kings. Went to an altar and called unto God and He heard him with all his oxen and peace offerings ect. The message is very clear …the offerings and prayers and supplications was a very closeness that a servant should have to serving the Almighty One and His name is JESUS

    Hope I can be the servant that the Lord has called to serve Him and to hear His voice when He calls.

  9. This chapter illustrates devotion. Solomon was devoted to fulfilling that which his father’s heart desired; “And the Lord said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine heart to build an house unto my name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart.” God sees our heart when no one else does for good or for evil, as such God will either be pleased with our devotion to him or displeased with our lack thereof, just as he was with David. God (Jesus) will be the Judge in the end, all the more why each of us must choose what our heart will be devoted to. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  10. ILove to eat lunch with Jesus

    A DRY WITHERED PLACE

    35 When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them:

    Sin in ones life causes drought in the spirit.

    These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; (Jude 1:12 KJV)

    Sin must be removed in order for the rain of God to fall.

    And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. (Zechariah 14:18 KJV)

  11. 10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord,

    11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord.

    12 Then spake Solomon, The Lord said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

    13 I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever.

    A house for the Lord to dwell in…

    Solomon went through such care to prepare the house of Lord. How much care do we put into our temple (body)? Do we prepare it daily for the inhabitation of the Spirit of God? Is it clean on the surface but cobwebs are in the dark places? Just food for thought… I want to be about my father’s business with a clean temple, holy and seperate for him.

  12. 66 On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the Lord had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people.

    The story of Solomon is a continual reminder of the blessings that a parent can bring upon their child.

  13. NLT 52 “May your eyes be open to my requests and to the requests of your people Israel. May you hear and answer them whenever they cry out to you.

    The temple a place of worship and praise. I’m glad that POFW has the presence of the Lord (the cloud) at every service. We all can cry out to the Lord, and know he hears our prayers at church!

  14. 15. And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying,

    20. “And the Lord hath performed his word that he spake…”

    24. Who hast kept with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.

    56. Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.

    God Always does what He has promised he will do…we just have to wait and let Him do it in His own time. I’m eager to experience that which God has promised POFW!

  15. 43 Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.

    Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. -Psalms 127:1

    And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
    In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
    In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. -Ephesians 2:20-22

    Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? -1 Corinthians 3:16

    We are the Temple of the Holy Ghost a people that are called by his name.

  16. Solomon makes sacrifices in the temple to honor God. He makes sure everyone hears him pray, he’s the King of Israel but he kneels and prays to the LORD OF LORD, KING OF KINGS. Solomon knows God kept the promises he made to his father David. He will too love him, he shows emotion and doesn’t care who sees him worship and honor God.

    Lord may the City of Fort Worth’s lost souls seek you and bow to you forever.

  17. The following verses caught my attention in this chapter. Verse 38 in the CEV reads….”Listen when anyone in Israel truly feels sorry and sincerely prays with arms lifted toward your temple.” God still listens to our prayers. He knows what we have need of and see’s the sincerity of our hearts.

    Verses 57-61 read….”The Lord our God was with our ancestors to help them, and I pray that he will be with us and never abandon us. May the Lord help us obey him and follow all the laws and teachings he gave our ancestors. I pray that the Lord our God will remember my prayer day and night. May he help everyone in Israel each day, in whatever way we need it. Then every nation will know that the Lord is the only true God. Obey the Lord our God and follow his commands with all your heart, just as you are doing today.”

  18. The atmosphere was created for the glory of God to fill the house. The ark was brought in which contained the word Of God. The sacrifices were made, and praise was offered.

    We are the temple of the Holy Ghost. To experience the glory of God personally we must apply the same principles. Our lives must be patterned after heavenly things. We must keep the word of God in our hearts, and present our bodies a living sacrifice. Finally we must be praises. He still inhabits the praises of his people.

    What would our lives be like if everyday we pursued God in this way?

  19. 63 And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered unto the Lord, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of theLord.

    64 The same day did the king hallow the middle of the court that was before the house of the Lord: for there he offered burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings: because the brasen altar that was before the Lordwas too little to receive the burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings.

    65 And at that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt, before the Lord our God, seven days and seven days, even fourteen days.

    66 On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the Lord had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people.

    After the house was built there was a feast. After all the work was done, after all that was to be accomplished, there was a party.

    We must take a chapter from this to say that the time for the party is not yet. We must first give of ourselves as did the Children of Isreal. The children of Isreal gave of there things, and of there city. This was so big that the alter was not big enough for all that Solomon wanted to do as the sacrifices kept coming in. What will happen when our church gets so blessed that we will not turn it away, but use it even more for the Kingdom of God. We must first get in a place that we are able to be used by God for His perpose and not for our own. We must have the right attitude and being submitted to the authority in our lives. We might even miss the blessings of God because we were not submitted to or authority. God is just to forgive us, and yet we take that for granted. I pray that we stay under the authority that God has placed in our lives ,so that we can be blessed by God, for God’s kingdom!

  20. 22 And Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven:

    Stood: H5975

    1) to stand, remain, endure, take one’s stand
    a) (Qal)
    1) to stand, take one’s stand, be in a standing attitude, stand forth, take a stand, present oneself, attend upon, be or become servant of
    2) to stand still, stop (moving or doing), cease
    3) to tarry, delay, remain, continue, abide, endure, persist, be steadfast
    4) to make a stand, hold one’s ground
    5) to stand upright, remain standing, stand up, rise, be erect, be upright
    6) to arise, appear, come on the scene, stand forth, appear, rise up or against
    7) to stand with, take one’s stand, be appointed, grow flat, grow insipid
    b) (Hiphil)
    1) to station, set
    2) to cause to stand firm, maintain
    3) to cause to stand up, cause to set up, erect
    4) to present (one) before (king)
    5) to appoint, ordain, establish
    c) (Hophal) to be presented, be caused to stand, be stood before

    54 And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven.

    Kneeling: H3766

    1) to bend, kneel, bow, bow down, sink down to one’s knees, kneel down to rest (of animals), kneel in reverence
    a) (Qal)
    1) to bow
    2) to bow down, crouch
    3) to bow down over
    4) to tilt, lean
    b) (Hiphil) to cause to bow

    When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. (Psalm 27:8 KJV)

    An attitude of standing or tarrying in the presence of God will lead us to the place of reverence and worship. Sometimes we must come to the place of desperation where having the presence or face of God consumes us to the point of pushing us into a worship that flows from the deep *need* for God we have.

    And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. (Matthew 21:9 KJV)

    Hosanna, meaning “save, I pray” or “save us”; bowing in need, in reverence, in worship.

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  21. 9 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.

    10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord,

    Only God’s word was in the ark and still his presence filled the house of the Lord. It was not just around the ark and under the cherubims, but the whole house. The reading of the word Brings God.

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1 KJV)

  22. 18 And the Lord said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine heart to build an house unto my name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart.

    19 Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy son that shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house unto my name.

    20 And the Lord hath performed his word that he spake, and I am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and have built an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel.

    We find in this chapter the fulfillment of a promise given to David, yet unfulfilled, and now his son Solomon carrying out the plan.

    There are many unfulfilled promises and prophecies spoken over the city of Fort Worth to past generations that are yet to come to pass.

    Lord help us as the called out people to walk in your ways, keep your commandments, so that we can receive the prophecies of past generations. Accept our offerings of time, talent and treasure that your glory will fill the house, and it will be noised abroad so that many come from far and wide to your Sanctuary.

  23. 10 When the priests had come out of the Holy Place, the cloud filled the Lord’s house,

    11 So the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. AMP

    This is the atmosphere we should create as we come out of the prayer room before services. We are a royal priesthood!

    1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. AMP

  24. An Enigma

    To the contemporary reader of 1 Kings, Solomon can be expressed as an enigma. Consider, how he marries an Egyptian (worldly) wife who worships pagan gods. On the other hand, he offers praises to the Lord and prayers of dedication before the people of Israel when the temple is dedicated. We cannot see Solomon’s heart like God can to discover where his true loyalties lie. We may be just as much an enigma to others as Solomon may be to us. We, too, can appear simultaneoulsy devoted to the wolrd and too the Lord. I ask to the Lord prayerfully to help us line up our hearts and lives so that others can clearly see that our loyalties lie only with the God and Saviour we follow.

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