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August 23, 2019

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

Text: Jeremiah 38-41
Audio: Jeremiah 38-41

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2 Chronicles 1 (ESV)

Solomon the son of David established himself in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.

Solomon spoke to all Israel, to the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, to the judges, and to all the leaders in all Israel, the heads of fathers’ houses. And Solomon, and all the assembly with him, went to the high place that was at Gibeon, for the tent of meeting of God, which Moses the servant of the Lord had made in the wilderness, was there. (But David had brought up the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim to the place that David had prepared for it, for he had pitched a tent for it in Jerusalem.) Moreover, the bronze altar that Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, had made, was there before the tabernacle of the Lord. And Solomon and the assembly sought it out. And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the Lord, which was at the tent of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.

In that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.” And Solomon said to God, “You have shown great and steadfast love to David my father, and have made me king in his place. Lord God, let your word to David my father be now fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” 11 God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.” 13 So Solomon came from the high place at Gibeon, from before the tent of meeting, to Jerusalem. And he reigned over Israel.

14 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. 15 And the king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stone, and he made cedar as plentiful as the sycamore of the Shephelah. 16 And Solomon’s import of horses was from Egypt and Kue, and the king’s traders would buy them from Kue for a price. 17 They imported a chariot from Egypt for 600 shekels of silver, and a horse for 150. Likewise through them these were exported to all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Syria.

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  1. It's Not How You Start 

    In this open chapter of 2 Chronicles, all is looking up for Solomon. He asked God for wisdom and knowledge and God granted it to him. Because he didn't ask for riches, wealth, honor or the life of those who hated him (and not even that his own life would be long), God granted him these things as well.

    But Solomon will soon trade his new found wisdom and understanding for foolishness and idolatry.

    Ben Dunson wrote an article at Ligonier Ministries titled "Solomon's Sin and Our Sin" which says, "How, then, does Solomon function as an example for believers? While there are positive lessons to learn from Solomon’s life, there are also many negatives. Solomon, as a king, is very different from us, but as a sinner with divided loyalties and a propensity to turn away from God, he is all too like us today. In fact, we can see in his life many of the most pressing temptations that all believers face in every age, namely, the temptations that come along with money, power, and love, as well as the idolatry that so easily takes root in our hearts. Solomon’s devotion to the Lord was primarily weakened because he “clung to [his wives] in love” (1 Kings 11:2) and allowed their pagan idolatry to turn his heart from God. Love is a powerful emotion, one that must be carefully guarded. The history of the world, and of the church, gives us story after story where the power of loving desire has led many to their ruin. God is love. That is why human love is such a powerful (and dangerous) thing: it easily becomes a false substitute for God’s love. If our hearts are not fixed on our Lord, love for others will become all consuming, and as with Solomon, will easily lead our hearts away from God so that we too become “not wholly true to the Lord [our] God” (1 Kings 11:4). Similar things could be said of Solomon’s trusting in his own wealth and military power."

    As the Chronicler reviews the life of Solomon, may we learn from this tragic life that started off so promising. May it be said of us that we not only ran the race to win the prize but also that we finished strong!
     

  2. The Wandering Heart

    Thank you for sharing the piece from Ligonier Ministries, Scott. I certainly relate to the propensity for the heart to wander, to be turned from a desire to love and serve God and neighbor to a self-serving desire for earthly pleasures and personal freedom. 

    The older I get, the more I long for more time, while being keenly aware that my time is growing shorter and shorter. Soon I will be out of time, and I have so much more I want to do and taste and enjoy. It’s easy for me to see how Solomon, who had everything a man could want, would still want more and never be satisfied.

    While scholars disagree about his having written Ecclesiastes, the book is clearly written by someone who has enjoyed everything fame and fortune provides, only to discover in his old age that “all is vanity” except to fear God and keep His commandments:

    Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might,  for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going….The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 9:9-10,12:13-14

    I need to learn once again to be content, just as the apostle Paul was despite having lost his freedom and knowing time was growing short for him: “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” Philippians 4:11

  3. I'll be turning 50 in one week. 50. Yikes. 

    Just yesterday I was looking back at my life, remembering things that seemed like they happened in a different lifetime, while other memories seemed like yesterday. 

    My parents are getting older, and today Mom has a bone marrow biopsy to get to the cause of her anemia. While watching my parents age and have more health problems can be difficult, I'm also incredibly grateful that I am here with them. I want to spend this time with them, be able to take care of them, and make new memories. 

    It's scary to think that I will be taking over one day, and I'll be responsible for everything, including Michael. But I do feel that God is blessing me with this "training time" before that time comes. 

    I get scared sometimes, thinking about the future. I have no children to take care of me, and I wonder where I'll end up. 

    But of course, the answer to that is, "with God." I know He's got me, and I know it's all going to be okay. 

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