2 Chronicles 8:11-10:9; Romans 8:9-25;
Psalm 18:16-36; Proverbs 19:26
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
You will remember that after consulting the Lord and offering sacrifices upon becoming the king of Israel, Solomon asks the Lord for wisdom to govern his people. God is pleased and tells Solomon that He will also make Solomon rich and famous. Today, we see the fulfillment of that promise. This portion of Scripture opens with Solomon building a separate palace for his Egyptian wife, who is the daughter of Pharaoh. We are told that he does this so that she is not in the same palace where the Ark of the Lord has been. This is our reminder that Solomon has married pagan women. Although forbidden by God in the Mosaic Law, Solomon secures peace for Israel through these strategic alliances. No king would attack the country if his daughter was a queen of the country. We can see some of the motivation behind Solomon's many wives.
In 2 Chronicles 9:23, we are told that kings from every nation on earth came to visit Solomon and learn from the wisdom that God had given him. Every nation on earth! Now that is called witnessing. I would like to point out that as a witness to the world, Israel pointed itself inward. People were to be drawn to Israel and come to her to meet God. The Church of Jesus Christ is commanded to go out into the world to give the Good News about Jesus. We are not to face inward, but run outward to the world as God's witnesses in this day of grace. Solomon's witness and the fact that every nation came to him to see how God had blessed him is a picture of a future reality. One day, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Every nation will be represented in the Kingdom of Christ.
Rehoboam is Solomon's son, who is named to be the next king of Israel. Rather than being wise like his father, Rehoboam is young and brash. He takes the advice of his young counselors, rather than the older elders, and pronounces that rather than cut back on the high taxes that his father Solomon levied in order to carry out his massive building programs, Rehoboam is going to be an even harsher master. This leads to a revolt in which 10 of the 12 tribes of Israel split from Rehoboam and form their own nation. Will earthly leaders never learn to not repeat this cycle? I think not.
Remember that in the books of 1 and 2 Chronicles, we are getting God's perspective on the period of the kings of Israel. You will note that we are focusing on the kings in David's line. As a result, we will not hear about the kings in the Northern Kingdom, after this split. These books focus on the kings in the Southern Kingdom, which has its capital in Jerusalem and includes the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.
Solomon asked God for wisdom. What do you ask God to give you?
Today, Paul tells us the benefits of living in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is a key to not living a life of constantly being overcome by your own sinful tendencies. Paul reminds us that the Holy Spirit that we have been given is the same Spirit that was powerful enough to raise Jesus from the dead. This is an interesting concept. The third aspect of the Trinity is the person who raised the dead part of the Trinity back to life.
Here is a list of benefits of having the Spirit of God in you, according to Paul:
- Having the Spirit makes you a child of God. You are now part of His family through adoption. Vs. 15-16
- Since we are family, we share in His treasure/wealth. The Holy Spirit is part of that wealth. Vs. 16
- Since we are family, we share in His suffering. Vs. 16-18
- Since we are family, we will share in His glory. Vs. 16-18
- Because we are on this fallen earth, we are groaning under sin and suffering, like the whole creation is groaning for redemption. Vs. 19-23
- The Holy Spirit is a foretaste of future glory. Vs. 23
- We will get our full rights as God's children, when we receive our new, perfect bodies. Vs. 23
- One benefit of having the Holy Spirit is that we can look forward to these perfect bodies with patience and confidence. The Holy Spirit is proof that we will be completely redeemed physically, one day. Vs. 24-25
In this psalm, notice the work of the Lord and the results of His work in David's life. Some of these passages are prophetic and picture the Lord Jesus.
It is bad to not honor your parents. It is really a disgrace and an embarrassment.
What did you notice today as you read?