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kjv@1Kings:1-2 @ @ RandyP comments: So we see the type of behind the scene alliances and confederacies that go into the making of a king. Transitions of such power rarely are smooth. Not only is there old blood but new blood that must be settled. The juvenile Solomon must make some king like decisions from the start. Remember that it was the people who wanted a king over them in the first place. Here they have it.

kjv@1Kings:1-2 @ @ RandyP comments: The life and reign of David now comes to an end. It is not all that we will learn about him however, David penned a great many of the Psalms and had an influence in Solomon's collection of Proverbs. There we will hear his inner thoughts from his perspective and find why he is called a man after God's heart. David had many great strengths and a few serious faults. He is portrayed in both as being human. Judging him is like judging ourselves in some respects but, we too easily forget that he also was under the pressures of being king. The history of Israel/Judah is overwhelmed with unrighteous kings. David like no other stands out as good.

kjv@1Kings:3:9 @ @ RandyP comments: Solomon is asking for a very specific form of wisdom; the understanding toward judgment and discernment. It is one thing to know everything that there is to know and another to know how to discern right from wrong, especially when you are king.

kjv@1Kings:3:27 @ @ RandyP comments: This exhibits a situational or adaptive wisdom, it would not work in all situations, it sought a particular character flaw from one of the women. There is a good part of wisdom that changes to the situation as well as a part the does not. There is a discernment needed between the two.

kjv@1Kings:4:33 @ @ RandyP comments: Knowledge of the natural sciences differs from the discerning wisdom that he had asked for. It may result as a offshoot or it may coexist along with. The two would have some use of each other.

kjv@1Kings:5:7 @ @ RandyP comments: David's other sons as leaders would not have had such a discerning approach. Solomon has kept and honored the long time acquaintances and established networks of his father.

kjv@1Kings:5 @ @ RandyP comments: On thing to consider is the depth and width of the peace that existed for Israel at this time to conduct the building of the temple in this way. To commit this many men and resources to this one project that otherwise would be fighting wars or protecting borders. Compare this effort to the second temple in Ezra and Nehemiah time.

kjv@1Kings:6:12 @ @ RandyP comments: It is much easier to do what is right In a purely academic setting where nothing has to be acted on. Once put into motion however with every decision comes opportunity for right and wrong, obedience. Or disobedience.

kjv@1Kings:6:12 @ @ RandyP comments: It is much easier to do what is right In a purely academic setting where nothing has to be acted on. Once put into motion however with every decision comes opportunity for right and wrong, obedience. Or disobedience.

kjv@1Kings:6-7 @ @ RandyP comments: The Temple is not just a symbol of the nation, not just the hopeful dwelling place of the presence of God, not just a place for worship and ritual and ceremony and sacrifice, it is also a target for the Lord's enemies. It is almost as an extra burden and responsibility for it's devout. If this place is going to be called by the name of God it's attendants better well represent the God for which it represents. The poor overall historical context of Israel's attempt to do this is a warning and ensample for us today with our "Temple of the Holy Spirit" kjv@1Corinthians:3:16-17.

kjv@1Kings:8:9 @ @ RandyP comments: If memory serves me, at one time there were the rod of Moses and something else kept in the Ark also. I will have to go back and look. I wonder if this point here is being made because now these items are not there?

kjv@1Kings:8:46 @ @ RandyP comments: The doctrine of the universal depravity of sin is by no means exclusive to the New Testament. Here we see Solomon declaring essentially what the Apostle Paul declared "that all have sinned and fall short of the glory...". It also states here that certain times all men are delivered into the hands of their enemies.

kjv@1Kings:8:58 @ @ RandyP comments: We can easily get caught in the evangelical trap that our words must be convincing, our actions conveying. Don't get me wrong, these things do have an importance but, perhaps not in the ways we would think matter. The Lord will surely use our words and actions in conjunction with everything else He has implemented to incline hearts unto Himself. We are told in the NT "where He is lifted up, He will draw others unto Himself".

kjv@1Kings:8 @ @ RandyP comments: The Temple cannot house God, that is not it's purpose, but, it can be a place for His name to reside and His glory to show forth. Prayers are made to it concerning the return of His people from their sins, the furtherance of justice and judgment, and it's testimony to the rest of the world and the to stranger from afar. God did use it on several occasions for these purposes. The Temple is a symbolic type, Jesus Christ is the true Temple being the person of it's fulfillment and not just the place.

kjv@1Kings:9:6 @ @ RandyP comments: Notice that it is the serving of other gods that God is primarily concerned with. People often say "I haven't sinned". I'd ask what other gods have you served. The trick is not to "believe in a god" it is to "believe the God" and to serve Him alone.

kjv@1Kings:10-11 @ @ RandyP comments: Within two chapters we see both the wisdom God tangibly gave Solomon to rule Israel and the spiritual stupidity and disobedience Solomon used in his own life to apply it. The lesson is that wisdom does not always know enough to see through the deceptions of entanglements. Wisdom often out smarts it's own good.

kjv@1Kings:10-11 @ @ RandyP comments: There are many today who believe that faith is blind and misleading, that intellect is the purer of the two human forms. If one could suppress the defilements of faith they say, the truer intellect would shine through. The lesson learned from Solomon is that while the two together are important, the truest wisdom is of not doing what you were directly told not to do; purer faith and intellect is to obey God in both. The proof is what then happened to the unified nation of Israel.

kjv@1Kings:11 @ @ RandyP comments: It should be noted here before passing on the importance given to Solomon by the black arts and satanic cults. These gods and goddesses his wives were ensnaring him with were not just unknown idols of antiquity. Even Free Masonry holds Solomon and a "secret knowledge" supposedly found later in his Temple as central to their beliefs.

kjv@1Kings:12-13 @ @ RandyP comments: Jeroboam didn't use cunning words to pursue his people, he used the familiar forms of a counterfeit religion. It seems to have been a fairly easy sell. Words and debate seem highly over rated. Revolution takes on massive currents of it's own. Pinning his cause to a familiar and disapproved symbol of the past worked brilliantly.

kjv@1Kings:12-13 @ @ RandyP comments: No doubt that prophets are held to a higher standard for having been a representative of the name of God. This prophet did as he was told in the first instance but, was tricked into disobeying in the second. He could withstand the request of a king but not the request of another lying prophet. Familiarity and similarity can breed disobedience.

kjv@1Kings:14:17 @ @ RandyP comments: I think that I would have taken the long way home if I was her!

kjv@1Kings:15:5 @ @ RandyP comments: Let's not let this testimony for David go unnoticed. This is perhaps the best explanation of what it means to be a man after God's heart; especially for a ruler.

kjv@1Kings:15:11 @ @ RandyP comments: Mark one up for Judah. The first since David to do right.

kjv@1Kings:14-15 @ @ RandyP comments: The first point to be made here is that this is all happening so soon after the building of the Temple. You would think that for some time at least that Israel (now Israel and Judah) would be committed to and blessed by the presence of the Temple. It is like the Temple wasn't even there. Suddenly a rush of groves and high places and alters and golden cows pop up; and the Temple has already been raided by Egypt. I had mentioned previously that the Temple would be a target? Now we are seeing whom would be targeting the Temple.

kjv@1Kings:16-18 @ @ RandyP comments: Made Israel to sin? With all sin that is going on amongst the people now it seems odd that one leader could make the nation to sin all the more, but, that is the importance of a leader. We tend to think of sin in individualistic terms based largely on whether it hurts anybody else. We also tend to think of religion as something personal and private (what harm is to anybody if I sacrifice in the evening to Baal rather than Jehovah?). Sin should be thought of as a fluid pool all around us, the water you swim in is the water I swim in. That the nation can sin, that the leaders of a nation can make us to sin more, these are the things of sin that should be considered fully.

kjv@1Kings:16-18 @ @ RandyP comments: One hundred prophets hidden for protection strategically in two groups of fifty; do we grasp how hostile and desperate this situation is? So there are good and godly people remaining, even prophets. Many are on the run, many are silent, some stand up, a few of the most effective and public are pursued and therefore exiled to shelter. The stage is set for one major prophet Elijah. I guess living the godly life isn't always as easy going and peaceful as we'd like to think it.

kjv@1Kings:16-18 @ @ RandyP comments: What about a leader enables us the people to make more sin? Is it the brute strength of his sinful conviction? Is it the deeds his tight-fisted rulings and decisions impose upon us? Is it that we are suddenly subject to his over powering will? Rarely! Often it is his own ineffectiveness in dealing with the forces at work around him. It is the momentums that grow quiet organically against him that he does not stand to oppose. The factions that press against him that he seeks to appease and quiet, the idolatrous wives that force their own agendas, the decisions not made, the ideals compromised, the groundwork never laid or surrendered, the stabbing of the backs of his close allies for the sake of calming his distant enemies. Sin is not always caused by his strength or conceit but, more often by his weakness. Political strength is often determined by the perceived weaknesses in leadership that other factions intend to exploit. His sin enables a great many more to sin as well.

kjv@2Kings:23:17 @ @ RandyP comments: kjv@1Kings:13

kjv@2Chronicles:10-11 @ @ RandyP comments: While Jeroboam was well aware of why God was choosing to divide the nation because of a particular false worship by Solomon kjv@1Kings:11:31-39, it is of interest that he used the occasion to set up a false worship of his own.