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June 12, 2019

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

Text: Job 38-39
Audio: Job 38-39

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1 Kings 5 (ESV)

Now Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon when he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father, for Hiram always loved David. And Solomon sent word to Hiram, “You know that David my father could not build a house for the name of the Lord his God because of the warfare with which his enemies surrounded him, until the Lord put them under the soles of his feet. But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side. There is neither adversary nor misfortune. And so I intend to build a house for the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord said to David my father, ‘Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, shall build the house for my name.’ Now therefore command that cedars of Lebanon be cut for me. And my servants will join your servants, and I will pay you for your servants such wages as you set, for you know that there is no one among us who knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians.”

As soon as Hiram heard the words of Solomon, he rejoiced greatly and said, “Blessed be the Lord this day, who has given to David a wise son to be over this great people.” And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, “I have heard the message that you have sent to me. I am ready to do all you desire in the matter of cedar and cypress timber. My servants shall bring it down to the sea from Lebanon, and I will make it into rafts to go by sea to the place you direct. And I will have them broken up there, and you shall receive it. And you shall meet my wishes by providing food for my household.” 10 So Hiram supplied Solomon with all the timber of cedar and cypress that he desired, 11 while Solomon gave Hiram 20,000 cors of wheat as food for his household, and 20,000 cors of beaten oil. Solomon gave this to Hiram year by year. 12 And the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him. And there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty.

13 King Solomon drafted forced labor out of all Israel, and the draft numbered 30,000 men.14 And he sent them to Lebanon, 10,000 a month in shifts. They would be a month in Lebanon and two months at home. Adoniram was in charge of the draft. 15 Solomon also had 70,000 burden-bearers and 80,000 stonecutters in the hill country, 16 besides Solomon’s 3,300 chief officers who were over the work, who had charge of the people who carried on the work. 17 At the king’s command they quarried out great, costly stones in order to lay the foundation of the house with dressed stones. 18 So Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders and the men of Gebal did the cutting and prepared the timber and the stone to build the house.

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  1. And so I intend to build a house for the name of the Lord my God. (1 Kings 5:5)

    Name of the Lord

    The first time the phrase "name of the Lord" is used in Scripture is Genesis 4:26 which says, "To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord."

    In Genesis 12:8 it says, "From there he [Abram] moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord."

    When someone calls on the name of the Lord, they are publicly thanking God, praising His name, seeking Him and proclaiming Him as God. 

    Calling on the name of the Lord is essential for salvation. Romans 10:13 says, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:21 says, "And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

    And finally Acts 4:12 says, "And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." We call upon the name of the Lord when we recognize our need for Him as our hearts are regenerated and we recognize we have sinned before a holy God. We call out to Him for mercy and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

    But we also continue to call upon the name of the Lord throughout our lives in Christ. In humility we call out to Him. In desperation we call out to Him. When we surrender to His will, we call upon His name. 

    When Solomon says he intended to build a house for the name of the Lord his God, he is actually building is a temple – a place of worship where intimacy and fellowship with God will take place. 

    In the New Covenant, we do not meet God in a temple (although we can). God is not only all around us, His Spirit is in us; leading us and guiding us into greater communion and fellowship with the living God as we become more like Christ. 

    Let our hearts beat as the Psalmist's heart beat for God in Psalm 116:1-4 . . .

    "I love the Lord, because he has heard
        my voice and my pleas for mercy.
    2 Because he inclined his ear to me,
        therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
    3 The snares of death encompassed me;
        the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
        I suffered distress and anguish.
    4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:
        'O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!'"

  2. Calling upon the Lord, surrendering to him, and asking Him to save me, was of course the most important thing I have ever done.

    My old life literally felt like death, and now, I see everything in a whole new way. I see beauty all around, in the scenery, in others, and even in myself. 

    It truly is a miracle, the way your life changes when you are saved. Now that I am, I can't believe I ever thought I was alive before. 

  3. The forced labor Solomon drafted to build the temple — who were these people? Did they experience the joy of the Lord as they worked to build the temple? Or were they embittered against Solomon (and maybe even God) for being taken away from their families and livelihoods for a month at a time? Did they see their work as God's work or Solomon's work?

    I’m about to head off to work for the day, and am convicted about how I see my work as “forced labor.” I long to have the freedom and flexibility of time in each day to be able to enjoy these precious years as I get older and time runs shorter and shorter. I don’t want to spend the majority of each day in an office working for someone else while my heart yearns to be elsewhere.

    I need to see my work not as “I have to go to work,” but as God’s work. I know my job is a provision from God — there is no doubt. He has given me an incredible place to work and I’m so grateful! But I need prayer to see my work as God’s work. I need to be grateful for the provision and the opportunity to serve God, rather than feeling like I’ve been “drafted into forced labor.”

    The truth is, I would be lazy and never work if I could get away with it…and I know that’s not honoring to God at all. Scripture is so clear about that! My personality is such that if I were able, I would stay in bed all day, eat junk food, surf the internet, be a “busybody” on social media, and watch Netflix. But God has created me for His glory, and the life I would end up with would not honor God at all. I should be so glad God has not allowed me the freedom to be lazy, and has even given me a place to work that is about as close to perfect as you can get this side of heaven! Thank You, Father!!

    “Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:22-24

    “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12

    “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.” Philippians 2:14-16

    “Go to the ant, O sluggard;
    consider her ways, and be wise.
    Without having any chief,
    officer, or ruler,
    she prepares her bread in summer
    and gathers her food in harvest.
    How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
    When will you arise from your sleep?
    A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest,
    and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
    and want like an armed man.” Proverbs 6:6-11

     

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