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June 17, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Psalm 21-25
Audio: Psalm 21-25

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

1 Kings 10 (ESV)

Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions. She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones. And when she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind. And Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing hidden from the king that he could not explain to her.And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, their clothing, his cupbearers, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the Lord, there was no more breath in her.

And she said to the king, “The report was true that I heard in my own land of your words and of your wisdom, but I did not believe the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it. And behold, the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity surpass the report that I heard. Happy are your men! Happy are your servants, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Blessed be the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel! Because the Lord loved Israel forever, he has made you king, that you may execute justice and righteousness.” 10 Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold, and a very great quantity of spices and precious stones. Never again came such an abundance of spices as these that the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

11 Moreover, the fleet of Hiram, which brought gold from Ophir, brought from Ophir a very great amount of almug wood and precious stones. 12 And the king made of the almug wood supports for the house of the Lord and for the king’s house, also lyres and harps for the singers. No such almug wood has come or been seen to this day.

13 And King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all that she desired, whatever she asked besides what was given her by the bounty of King Solomon. So she turned and went back to her own land with her servants.

14 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold,15 besides that which came from the explorers and from the business of the merchants, and from all the kings of the west and from the governors of the land. 16 King Solomon made 200 large shields of beaten gold; 600 shekels of gold went into each shield. 17 And he made 300 shields of beaten gold; three minas of gold went into each shield. And the king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon. 18 The king also made a great ivory throne and overlaid it with the finest gold. 19 The throne had six steps, and the throne had a round top, and on each side of the seat were armrests and two lions standing beside the armrests, 20 while twelve lions stood there, one on each end of a step on the six steps. The like of it was never made in any kingdom. 21 All King Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were of pure gold. None were of silver; silver was not considered as anything in the days of Solomon. 22 For the king had a fleet of ships of Tarshish at sea with the fleet of Hiram. Once every three years the fleet of ships of Tarshish used to come bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.

23 Thus King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. 24 And the whole earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put into his mind. 25 Every one of them brought his present, articles of silver and gold, garments, myrrh, spices, horses, and mules, so much year by year.

26 And Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen. He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem. 27 And the king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stone, and he made cedar as plentiful as the sycamore of the Shephelah. 28 And Solomon’s import of horses was from Egypt and Kue, and the king’s traders received them from Kue at a price. 29 A chariot could be imported from Egypt for 600 shekels of silver and a horse for 150, and so through the king’s traders they were exported to all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Syria.

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  1. Thus King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. (1 Kings 10:23).

    Riches

    In the Old Testament, when God "blessed" someone, it was typically with land, wealth and power. What we know about Solomon is he was blessed with both wealth and wisdom. 

    There is a growing movement in churches known as the "Word of Faith" movement or the "health and wealth gospel" or "prosperity gospel" which distorts the gospel of Jesus Christ by claiming God rewards faith with health and/or wealth. 

    One of the reasons for their popularity is due to Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN). Their mission statement says, "To use every available means to reach as many individuals and families as possible with the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ."

    The problem is, the gospel proclaimed by many programs on this network is a perversion of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    One example is in a DVD set titled "Breaking the Jewish Code" to "unlock Old Testament Secrets to your health, wealth and family life!"

    The advertisement starts with: "Claim Health and Abundance for You and Your Family" followed by:
     
    "Perry Stone reveals the secrets of “the Jewish DNA of success” that God’s chosen people have known for over 3,500 years. Learn how the Hebrew covenant of God, feasts, Sabbath, and more can be used to claim health and abundance for you and your family."

    Did you catch that? These "secrets . . . can be used to claim health and abundance for you and your family."

    This is not the gospel of Jesus Christ. It's a twisted, perversion of what the abundant life is for followers of Jesus Christ and a corrupt way of leading people with poor health and no wealth into a self-serving counterfeit faith. 

    What makes this a false gospel?

    David W. Jones outlined five errors of prosperity gospel teaching:

    1. The Abrahamic covenant is a means to material entitlement.

    2. Jesus’s atonement extends to the “sin” of material poverty.

    3. Christians give in order to gain material compensation from God.

    4. Faith is a self-generated spiritual force that leads to prosperity.

    5. Prayer is a tool to force God to grant prosperity.

    “In light of Scripture, the prosperity gospel is fundamentally flawed,” Jones says. “At bottom, it is a false gospel because of its faulty view of the relationship between God and man. Simply put, if the prosperity gospel is true, grace is obsolete, God is irrelevant, and man is the measure of all things. Whether they’re talking about the Abrahamic covenant, the atonement, giving, faith, or prayer, prosperity teachers turn the relationship between God and man into a quid pro quo transaction.”

    John Piper outlined six keys to detecting the prosperity gospel:

    1. The absence of a serious doctrine of the biblical necessity and normalcy of suffering, the absence of a doctrine of suffering.

    2. The absence of a clear and prominent doctrine of self-denial is a tip off that something is amiss.

    3. The absence of serious exposition of Scripture. 

    4. The absence of dealing with tensions in Scripture. 

    5. Church leaders who have exorbitant lifestyles.

    6. A prominence of self and a marginalization of the greatness of God.

    He said of the prosperity gospel, "It is not the gospel, and it’s being exported from this country to Africa and Asia, selling a bill of goods to the poorest of the poor: 'Believe this message, and your pigs won’t die and your wife won’t have miscarriages, and you’ll have rings on your fingers and coats on your back.' That’s coming out of America — the people that ought to be giving our money and our time and our lives, instead selling them a bunch of crap called 'gospel.'"

    Read more here: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/story-behind-john-pipers-most-famous-attack-on-the-prosperity-gospel/

    It is true that God blessed Solomon with great wealth and wisdom. But it's not a "secret" that we are to use "to claim health and abundance."

    Jesus said in Matthew 16:24-26, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?"

    Where is self-denial in the health and wealth gospel? It's not there because it's a false gospel. 

    Not only does this false gospel leave out self-denial, they also ignore Jesus' clear warning, "what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?"

    Jesus said in Luke 12:15,“Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

    Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

    Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."

    1 Timothy 6:10 says, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs."

    Hebrews 13:5 says, "Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

    The riches we should seek are the glorious riches of Christ!

    Philippians 4:19 says, "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus."

    Jesus said the great command is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 22:37-40).

    The great commission, our mission to the world as believers is: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20).

    Galatians 1:8 says, "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed."

    That is why we need to not only read God's Word but we need to study it. We need to know it. It's the only way we will be able to discern false teachers from those who have been called by God to preach the gospel according to Jesus and the Apostles. 

    Jesus said in Mark 4:19 "But the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful."

    Fake healers and counterfeit teachers become obvious when you know God's Word.

    Can you detect the wolves in sheep's clothing? 

  2. WOW! Amazing! 

    This morning I was thinking about how to improve upon my fitness and eating habits, and I really laid it at God's feet. 

    Self-denial is probably the toughest thing for me because I am one who has lived a life of excess for so long, but the words, "in my weakness I am strong" kept resounding over and over in my head. 

    I decided to look up the full verse and put it in my "Verses to Memorize" notes. 

    In your comment, when I read Matthew 16:24-26, I actually cried, lifted my hand and thanked Him, because this was the other verse that God had put into my mind this morning, before the reading. 

    He always, always, always gives me what I need, including affirmation.

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