I Kings 2:1-3:2; Acts 5:1-42;
Psalm 125:1-5; Proverbs 16:25
But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the Lord,
and be sure your sins will find you out.
and be sure your sins will find you out.
As our story begins, David is nearing death. As he prepares to go the way of the earth, David admonishes Solomon to do the following:
- Take courage and be a man. Vs. 2
- Observe the requirements of the Lord and follow all of His ways. Vs. 3
- Keep each of the laws, commands, regulations and stipulations written in the law of Moses. Vs. 3
- Doing this and making sure that your descendants do this will insure that a descendant from our family line will remain on the throne of Israel forever. Vs. 4
Solomon exacts the judgment upon these people as his father requested. Adonijah, David's rebellious son, is killed after requesting to have David's virgin nurse and companion become his wife. Joab is killed after Adonijah's death. Finally, Shimei dies after breaking his agreement to never leave Jerusalem. These killings were done by Solomon's military commander, Benaiah.
After exacting judgment on these enemies of his father, David, the kingdom is firmly in Solomon's grip.
David's desire for his son was that he be obedient to the Lord. We will see that Solomon, although very wise, will never have the heart for God that David displayed. David admonishes Solomon to rule the kingdom by following God's laws and commands.
Do you run your life by following Biblical principles? What problems can be avoided by doing this?
Today, we see that judgment is exacted by God for actions against God's Holy Spirit. The early church is growing miraculously. People are sharing property, communing together, praying together, eating meals and fellowshiping with one another. But, Jesus warned that his Church on earth would be bread with leaven in it. In other words, there would always be sin and rebellion in the Church.
Why is God doing this in the early church? God is establishing the authority and holiness of God, the Holy Spirit. It is important for believers to understand that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are to be equally reverenced and obeyed. A sin against God's Holy Spirit is a sin against God. The early church is not able to see Christ in the flesh anymore. They must learn that the Holy Spirit is a person in the Trinity who is alive and active in the lives of believers. He is to be revered and obeyed.
The ministry of the Holy Spirit through the disciples is resulting in a ministry that mirrors Jesus' ministry on earth. It includes healing the sick, casting out demons and teaching the truth of the Scriptures. Peter and John are arrested and thrown in jail for their ministry. They are released by an angel of the Lord to resume their work.
They are eventually taken in front of the religious council again and rebuked to not teach about Jesus. Peter again refuses to obey men rather than God. A member of the council named Gamaliel convinces the council to let Peter and John go. He argues that if this movement is not of God, it will dissipate. He warns that if it IS a movement of God, the council will find themselves fighting against God, Himself.
The council is convinced to let Peter and John go, but first they have them flogged. Peter and John are elated to be counted worthy to suffer for Christ.
Notice that these men who earlier were cowering in the upper room and who fled from Jesus during his suffering are now transformed by the Holy Spirit into men who boldly speak the truth about Jesus at each opportunity. They have God's perspective on suffering. Rather than avoiding hardship and suffering, they now see it as a privileged way to identify with their Savior.
Do you have the Holy Spirit's perspective on suffering? Do you consider suffering an opportunity to relate to Jesus? Do you have unconfessed sin that you need to take to the Lord before your sin finds you out?
God's people are surrounded and protected by God, just as Jerusalem is surrounded and protected by the mountains. What a beautiful picture.
There is a way that seems right to a person, but that way leads to death. Ananias and Sapphira are a great example of the truth of this proverb!
What did you notice today?