June 9 1 Kings 13-14 (ESV) A Man of God Confronts Jeroboam 13:1 And behold, a man of God came out of Judah by the word of the Lord to Bethel. Jeroboam was standing by the altar to make offerings. 2 And the man cried against the altar by the word of the Lord and said, “O altar, altar, thus says the Lord: … More June 9 1 Kings 13-14
June 8 1 Kings 12 (ESV) Rehoboam’s Folly 12:1 Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king. 2 And as soon as Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it (for he was still in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), then Jeroboam returned from  Egypt. 3 And they sent and called … More June 8 1 Kings 12
We come to a sad tale in 1 Kings 11, a tragic tale of the downfall of King Solomon. God had warned him not to marry foreign women, for they were bound to turn his heart away from the Lord. But, not only did Solomon take a foreign wife or two, he married “700 wives, … More A sad tale
June 7 1 Kings 11 (ESV) Solomon Turns from the Lord 11:1 Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, 2 from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for … More June 7 1 Kings 11
How rich was Solomon? 1 Kings 10:14&15 – “The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 25 tons, not including the revenues from merchants and traders and from all the Arabian kings and the governors of the land.” 1 Kings 9:27&28 – “And Hiram sent his men – sailors who knew the sea … More How rich was Solomon?
June 6 1 Kings 9-10 (ESV) The Lord Appears to Solomon 9:1 As soon as Solomon had finished building the house of the Lord and the king’s house and all that Solomon desired to build, 2 the Lordappeared to Solomon a second time, as he had appeared to him at Gibeon. 3 And the Lord said to him, “I have heard your prayer and your plea, which … More June 6 1 Kings 9-10
1 Kings 8:27 “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!” Solomon makes this amazing statement as he is dedicating a house he built to be a place where God’s presence would dwell in Israel. Even though … More Uncontainable God!
June 5 1 Kings 8 (ESV) The Ark Brought into the Temple 8:1 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ houses of the people of Israel, before King Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city … More June 5 1 Kings 8
As we read in 1 Kings about Solomon’s construction of the Temple, we need to be reminded that it was a shadow. John Piper comments on this in an introduction to a message, “Jesus: Mediator of a Better Covenant” The tabernacle and temple were a shadow; the official priesthood was a shadow; the animal sacrifices … More These shadows will fall away
June 4 1 Kings 6-7 (ESV) Solomon Builds the Temple 6:1 In the four hundred and eightieth year after the people of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of … More June 4 1 Kings 6-7