Saturday, December 28, 2013

Journal Through the Bible: Week 47 Saturday

I Kings chapter 11

We have read of Solomon's greatest triumphs. Now we will read of his greatest tragedy.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God made it clear that Solomon did not keep the commands that were previously given.
  • God make it clear that Jeroboam was to keep God's commands as he reigned over the 10 tribes that were to be given to him.

Does God make any promises?

  • God had appeared twice to Solomon in the past and had abundantly blessed him. But because Solomon did not remain faithful to God but had allowed his many foreign wives to turn his heart toward false gods God promised a curse upon Solomon. The kingdom would be torn in two in the days of Solomon's son's reign.
  • God promised not to remove the whole kingdom from the dynasty of David. He would allow Solomon's son to reign over the tribes of Judah and Benjamin for the sake of David and for the sake of Jerusalem.
  • God made Jeroboam the same promise that He had made to Saul, David, and Solomon. If Jeroboam would serve God and follow His commandments Jeroboam's dynasty would be established in Israel although not forever. 
  • God promised that David's lineage would be punished for a season but not forever. David's dynasty would be restored.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • When Adam and Eve plunged the whole world into sin and set everyone on the course toward hell God reserved a remnant that the Seed of David would govern.
  • Jesus is the fulfillment of the restoration of David's eternal dynasty.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • God reserved two of the tribes for the sake of David's dynasty and because of His love for Jerusalem. One day David's dynasty will be restored to the throne and He will reign in the Jerusalem which God has reserved for Himself. The New Jerusalem will descend from Heaven and be placed upon the earth.

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