N_SPECT_R's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=N%5FSPECT%5FR N_SPECT_R's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ August 24, 1 Kings 22:13-28 God's real prophet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223510 August 24, 1 Kings 22:13-28 God's real prophet <BR> <BR> After all of the false prophets speak great victory to Ahab they bring in Micaiah. He is forewarned to speak what the rest have said yet stands on his ground and commits to speak only what God has revealed. I find the discourse interesting. I picture Ahab sitting on a throne and Jehoshaphat sitting on his left. He's on an elevated dias, the image I have is of Yul Brenner in the Ten Commandments when Moses comes in. There are lot... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:11:57 EST August 23, 1 Kings 22:1-12 False prophets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222914 August 23, 1 Kings 22:1-12 False prophets <BR> <BR> The first verse in this chapter deserves some consideration. For three years there was no war with Syria, it's as if to say that for three years nothing significant happened. That's most of our lives, we live large chuncks of time and nothing significant happens. With all of the millions of people that exist or have eisted only a handful are remembered past their own lives, and those who are remembered the fondest didn't try. Something... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:16:21 EST August 22, 1 Kings 21:17-29 Ahab is guilty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222297 August 22, 1 Kings 21:17-29 Ahab is guilty <BR> <BR> Picture this, Ahab has taken the vineyard and he's walking through it. He's happy and smiling, he has a large cluster of grapes in one hand and he's eating them. Right now life is good. Then he hears a voice, it's a familiar voice, it's Elijah. Suddenly Ahab feels this heavyness in his chest. Do you remember a time as a child you were doing something wrong and in the middle of it your mom or dad simply said your name? I think that's ... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 05:12:42 EST August 21, 1 Kings 21:1-16 Naboth's vinyard 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221761 August 21, 1 Kings 21:1-16 Naboth's vinyard 3 <BR> <BR> Now we look at the third person in this story, Jezebel. Jezebel conspires for Naboth to die. This woman was truly evil, lusting only for personal gain, and pleasure. First she throws an insult at Ahab, asking him if he or Naboth governs Israel. It's kind of a joke to her as the real ruler is Jezebel. <BR> Like so many others who form conspiracies and seek power she has followers, people who will do anytihing for the right price. U... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 05:44:12 EST August 20, 1 Kings 21:1-16 Naboth's vinyard 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221284 August 20, 1 Kings 21:1-16 Naboth's vinyard 2 <BR> <BR> Today we'll look at the second character in this story, Ahab. Ahab was a bad king, an evil and selfish man. We don't know enough of his history if he was always like this or if the office helped corrupt him. The adage that power corrupts. The king, or any government office for that matter, is to be a servant to the people. In most cases the people who seek these positions do so not to serve but to have power. I don't believe too... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 07:45:22 EST August 19, 1 Kings 21:1-16 Naboth's vinyard 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220696 August 19, 1 Kings 21:1-16 <BR> <BR> The story of Ahab and Naboth's vineyard is probably the most fameous in the life of Ahab and Jezebel. It's really a complex story not only looking at what is right, but also looking at what is legal and what is practical. I want to look at each player seperately. So lets set the stage. Ahab is in his palace and daily he walks the grounds, he sees Naboth's vineyard and has this idea that he'd like to have that land. Maybe oneday Ahab sees Naboth workin... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 05:05:47 EST August 18, 1 Kings 20:26-43 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220090 August 18, 1 Kings 20:26-43 <BR> <BR> Just as the prophet foretold Ahab, Ben Hadad has indeed returned to do battle with Israel. We don't know the size of Israel's army, they are compared to two little flocks of goats and the Syrians filled the countryside. Later in the chapter we're told that Israel slaughtred more than 100,000 soldiers. Consider that most professional football stadiums hold between 80 and 100 thousand people, that's how many this small force killed in one day. Now Ben... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:08:34 EST August 17, 1 Kings 20:13-23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219446 August 17, 1 Kings 20:13-23 <BR> <BR> It's unfortunate that the scripture doesn't tell us how many soldiers Ben Hadad had with him, we know only that it was greater than 7000. From the context I would say significantly greater just in infantry without counting the horse or chariots. We know that Ahab was not a good king, nearly every reference to him says that he did evil in the sight of the lord. None the less God will show Himself powerful and preserve Israel. <BR> And so a prophet of... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 05:04:07 EST August 16, 1 Kings 20:1-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218790 August 16, 1 Kings 20:1-12 <BR> <BR> Ben Hadad is king of Syria and he's brought kings or clan chiefs from 32 surrounding areas to besiege Samaria. <BR> It seems to be an overwhelming force against the city. As was custom when confronted with such a situation the leader of the greater force may make certain demands and the conflict may be avoided. The problem here is the demands are never really satisfied. It's the same situation with terrorists, they will never be satisfied in any negoti... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:52:41 EST August 15, I Kings 19:19-21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218164 August 15, I Kings 19:19-21 <BR> <BR> I'd like to paint an image here but find it a bit difficult. While I remember as a small child actually seeing a neighbor plowing with two mules I doubt many people today know what it looks like. But let's try anyway, Elisha is plowing with 12 yoke of oxen, that actually means he has 24 oxen pulling 12 plows. Obviously he can't be doing all of the plowing so we have an image of a vast farmstead, most sources indicate that one yoke could plow between o... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:07:25 EST August 14, I Kings 19:9-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217602 August 14, I Kings 19:9-18 <BR> <BR> Here we see Elijah climbing Mt Horeb, he’s spent 40 days traveling, he’s tired and dirty but the destination is here. Elijah finds a cave to camp in. We don’t know the weather, maybe he’s going in to get out of the sun or other elements. God comes and asks a profound question, do you get it? What are you doing here? Elijah doesn't actually answer, maybe he just doesn’t understand. I was at a weight loss support group last month and the question was ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 05:39:56 EST August 13, I Kings 19:1-8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217093 August 13, I Kings 19:1-8 <BR> <BR> Ahab has gone home to Jezebel and she’s not happy with Elijah at all. Unfortunately Elijah usually takes some ridicule here. Just yesterday he was so bold to face 450 false prophets but today this one woman has him frightened for his life. Give credit where it’s due, in his trouble Elijah runs to God but let’s look deeper at what’s happened. Soldiers today returning from battle are forever changed. Years ago the term was shell shock, today we use PTSD... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 04:43:03 EST August 12, I Kings 18:41-46 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216519 August 12, I Kings 18:41-46 <BR> <BR> Elijah dismisses Ahab, think about this a moment, Ahab is the king. What’s going through Ahab’s mind right now? He’s been an idolater, worshiping Baal yet for God’s purpose he’s been spared. Elijah shows him no specific respect, simply tells him to go, it’s about to rain. Now Elijah is on the mountain praying, God said that when Elijah speaks it He will send rain but not yet. I don’t know if there’s any connection to the seven times his servant look... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 04:46:34 EST August 11, I Kings 18:38-40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215938 August 11, I Kings 18:38-40 <BR> <BR> This could be the opening scene of a movie, the camera comes in across a range of mountains. It zooms in on one peak where we see a crowd of perhaps 1000 people. It's quiet, no-one is moving. The camera pans around and everything seems to be in slow or stop-motion, we've stopped time for just a moment. We see an older man with long gray hair and beard, he's kneeling down and in front of him, perhaps 20 feet there's a spot of blackened sand, a rough c... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 04:58:32 EST August 10, I Kings 18:30-40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215327 August 10, I Kings 18:30-40 <BR> <BR> Elijah has had enough, the prophets of Baal have spent most of the day and nothing has happened so now it’s God’s turn. Elijah first calls the people then he repairs the altar of God that Jezebel tore down. Think about this, the text just gives us a couple of sentences, he used 12 stones but how big was it? How did they put it together? How long did this take and how many people were involved? Not a simple task and it certainly took more than just ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 04:51:33 EST August 9, I Kings 18:23-29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214704 August 9, I Kings 18:23-29 <BR> <BR> Again Elijah gives the perceived advantage to the prophets of Baal, he allows them to choose first. The rules are simple, whoever answers with fire will be god. Now scripture doesn’t say this but we have evidence throughout that demons can influence physical things. Perhaps these prophets at times contact a demon which could at times start a fire. Now today they have a certain confidence because of things that happened before. It’s a danger with occu... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 04:41:13 EST August 8, I Kings 18:20-22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214085 August 8, I Kings 18:20-22 <BR> <BR> This story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal is one of the most famous about Elijah. Yet there is so much here that I’ll take at least three days looking at this. In the last chapter Elijah says to gather the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah along with all of Israel. <BR> All of Israel would probably mean representatives from each tribe. But what we see here are the prophets of Baal, none of Asherah and an unknown number of Israel.... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 04:56:42 EST August 7, I Kings 18:7-19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213559 August 7, I Kings 18:7-19 <BR> <BR> Imagine how Obidiah would feel, Ahab has spent the last three years or so looking for Elijah. Now Obidiah has found him and Elijah sends him back to Ahab. Ahab is not a nice man, and Jezebel even worse so there must be a certain level of fear in Obidiah. But he trusted this man at his word when he said that he would see Ahab today. It’s a testimony of character when someone can take you at your word. Jesus told His disciples be careful what you promis... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 06:08:27 EST August 6, I Kings 18:1-6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213059 August 6, I Kings 18:1-6 <BR> <BR> A lot happens in these 6 verses, God tells Elijah to go see Ahab. We are told the drought and famine has laster more than 3 years. The prophets of God, meaning the priests or perhaps even Levites were cut off and had to hide. We know that Obidiah was a good man and provided food for the prophets. Obidiah and Ahab are looking for water around the area, the drought was localized in the region around Samaria, the place where Ahab made his home. <BR> And ev... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 04:21:22 EST August 5, I Kings 17:17-24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212525 August 5, I Kings 17:17-24 <BR> <BR> There are some different items I see in this section, first Elijah has been living with this woman for some time and just as he said they haven’t run out of food. Yet still she’s uncertain that he’s a prophet of God. Next her son dies from what we don’t know and she makes this conclusion that it’s because of her sin. That’s neurotic and has no basis in scripture. It’s a common concept though, even amongst pagans that if something bad happens I must ha... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 04:51:36 EST August 4, I Kings 17:8-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211936 August 4, I Kings 17:8-16 <BR> <BR> Have you ever been at a place of despair in your life that you just cant find any hope? I have, more than once. This widow is there, I can sympathize with her, all of her dreams and hopes for a future are gone, she's down to the last thing she has. This story is preached a lot telling people that if they give God their last, as a sacrifice, that He will provide. But I know that it doesn't always work that way. Not every promise is universal for everyo... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 04:51:41 EST August 3, I Kings 17:1-7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211340 August 3, I Kings 17:1-7 <BR> <BR> We'll back up just a bit to chapter 16 vs 34 and look at Hiel. We know little about the man but that he rebuilt Jericho. Joshua cursed the city and the exact meaning is obscure, some believe that Hiel's sons died in the building and some believe that the curse was for a lifetime of labor. That a man who tries to rebuild will begin when his first son is born but will not finish until his last. And the meaning of the word last is the last that is possible... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 04:52:11 EST August 2, I Kings 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210769 August 2, I Kings 16 <BR> <BR> In this chapter we see five different kings in Israel, and each of them were evil. Baasha was so bad that God wiped out his entire line, he would have no offspring. We know little about Elah, just that he reigned two years before a member of his court killed him and took the throne. Zimri reigned and completed what was prophesied against Baasha's family. Zimri was king for only a week and took his own life and caused a civil war between Omri and Tibni. <BR>... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 05:13:58 EST August 1, I Kings 15:25-34 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210130 August 1, I Kings 15:25-34 <BR> <BR> As I've said many times, the modern so called reality shows can't compare to the intrigue and plots in the bible. Nadab becomes king of Israel and he is such an evil king that people conspire against him lead by Baasha. Baasha not only killed Nadab but all of his relatives so there could be no other claim to the throne. Baasha is the third king in Israel, Asa the third in Judah, (If we count Solomon). So far all of the northern kings have done evil an... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 04:53:30 EST July 31, I Kings 15:9-24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209565 July 31, I Kings 15:9-24 <BR> <BR> Asa was a good king, note that he reigned 40 years which means that an entire generation knew no other king or way of life. Asa walked right before God and as a result of this had a long reign. There are two items I do wonder about, he never took down the high places, temples to false gods. And he made a treaty with Ben-Hadad in order to fight against Baasha. I wonder why he didn't go to God first. Maybe the same reasons that we don't go to God first. Bu... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 04:26:40 EST July 30, I Kings 15:1-8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209077 July 30, I Kings 15:1-8 <BR> <BR> Most politicians and a lot of people in general want to do something in their lives to be remembered through history. The fact is that history really doesn't care much, it's a long time and our lives are just a speck on the page but it would be nice that if by chance history does say something about you it's better than this. Abijam walked in the sins of his father, he warred constantly with his brothers in Israel and he died. The world may not remember t... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 04:49:52 EST July 29, I Kings 14:17-31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208538 July 29, I Kings 14:17-31 <BR> <BR> We see the death of Jeroboam and his son and we'll see more about him in Chronicles. Now we look at the kingdom of Judah. Solomon's son Rehoboam is king and he too is a bad king. <BR> Solomon reigned 40 years, in those years Israel went from a moderate force to the dominating force in that region. Neighboring kings brought tribute to Solomon but somewhere along the way he and the people turned to idols and the nation suffered. Now just 5 years after So... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:08:21 EST July 28, I Kings 14:1-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207982 July 28, I Kings 14:1-17 <BR> <BR> Jeroboam knows what he should do but won't do it. He knows that he's sinned against God, but won't go to God. He himself won't even go to the prophet that anointed him king so he sends his wife. Now doesn't this seem foolish? This man is a prophet of God, can anyone really fool a true prophet? The pronouncement on Jeroboam's family seems harsh but God has given him so many chances. This is a man who was raised up to be king, whose hand was lamed and h... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:13:24 EST July 27, I Kings 13:11-34 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207414 July 27, I Kings 13:11-34 <BR> <BR> The story of these two prophets has several lessons but I'll look at simply obedience. For the purpose of a little clarity I'll call the two men Mike and Ike. Mike is the prophet sent from Jerusalem with a message for Jeroboam. We don't know exactly how God spoke to Mike, <BR> it may have been through a different prophet but I believe that God spoke directly to him. <BR> Now we have Ike, a man who was also a prophet, perhaps God spoke to him some time ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:11:05 EST July 26, I Kings 13:1-10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206799 July 26, I Kings 13:1-10 <BR> <BR> History shows a lot of self centered political leaders with the same flaws, they try to be everything and think they know what's best for the people. Jeroboam not only made idols and false gods, he made temples, he attributed the works of God to the idols and set himself up as priest. One may wonder why God didn't kill him outright. This un-named prophet does however prophecy a coming king by name, Josiah. Josiah comes about 340 years after this prophecy... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:16:54 EST July 25, I Kings 12:25-33 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206184 July 25, I Kings 12:25-33 <BR> <BR> Jeroboam is a typical political leader, he thinks that he is in charge and that he can solve all social problems. He does some very foolish things. This is a man who received a word from God with specific instructions and a promise, walk in my ways and I will take care of everything else. But like most men he decided to do it himself. Israel has three pilgrimage feasts where all men are to go to the temple. During these times there is a lot of money c... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:07:56 EST July 24, I Kings 12:16-25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205667 July 24, I Kings 12:16-25 <BR> <BR> The kingdom is divided just as God said it would. The division is because of years of idolatry but I wonder, had Rehoboam repented, turned to God with his whole heart and listened to the people would that make a difference? But we see that's not his nature, he's a proud arrogant king who wants his way even to the point of civil war. The parallels of this man and so many others in history are amazing. Political leaders welcome fighting amongst the peopl... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 05:31:42 EST July 23, I Kings 12:1-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205189 July 23, I Kings 12:1-15 <BR> <BR> We need a little background on Rehoboam. Many commentaries believe that he was Solomon's only son and that Solomon spent little time with him. We can see from his character an example of how a father is important in a child's development. The scripture tells us that God used Rehoboam for His purpose to divide Israel. This doesn't mean that God gave this man a selfish and foolish attitude, his family and social influences did that. God simply used Rehob... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 05:08:12 EST July 22, I Kings 11:23-43 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204682 July 22, I Kings 11:23-43 <BR> <BR> Finishing this chapter we see that God raised up other adversaries against Solomon. And we have the prophecy of how God will divide the kingdom to ten tribes and one tribe, the tribe of Levi is not included as they were the priests of all Israel and will go wherever the ark and the temple is. We know just a little of Jeroboam, that he was a hard worker and able to lead others, Solomon made him a foreman in the construction of millo. Other than that we k... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 04:58:57 EST July 21, I Kings 11:9-22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204136 July 21, I Kings 11:9-22 <BR> <BR> Some of the stories in the Old Testament of what God did seem a bit peculiar to me and this is one of them. We begin with the fact that God is not happy with Solomon for his disobedience. The text actually says that God was angry, I know some pharisees who try to say it's a sin to get angry, apparently not. Then we're told that God spoke to Solomon concerning his disobedience. How did He speak? Was it directly as with Moses and Samuel or was it through ... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 04:44:06 EST July 20, I Kings 11:1-8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203548 July 20, I Kings 11:1-8 <BR> <BR> The end of Solomon's kingdom and of Israel's prosperity began with Solomon's lusts. How can a man have any form of piety to God with more than one wife? Here is Solomon with 1000. Certainly he did not have relations with all of them and some were perhaps a formality. It was a custom to give princesses as brides in trade and peace agreements. Still we know that Solomon did have intimate relations with several as they turned his heart from God to their ow... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:26:16 EST July 19, I Kings 10:14-29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202966 July 19, I Kings 10:14-29 <BR> <BR> Much or the remainder in this chapter deals with the wealth that Israel enjoyed while Solomon was king. Gold, silver and precious stones flowed into the country from surrounding nations. There are two distinct aspects to this, first God promised to Solomon that He would bless Israel as long as they kept His commands, and secondly the reign of Solomon can be a picture of the reign of Christ when He comes to establish His permanent kingdom. In that day al... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:34:36 EST July 18, I Kings 10:1-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202349 July 18, I Kings 10:1-13 <BR> <BR> Another famous story of Solomon's wisdom, the news of which spread and the queen of Sheba came to see. There is a principle here in that as Jesus said; “If I be lifted up I will draw all men to me”. At this time in Solomon's rein he is still expressing great piety and revering God. So God is being lifted up, exalted above men and the holy spirit is drawing others to Himself. The meeting and discourse with Solomon and the queen is a fairly common story, ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 05:53:05 EST July 17, I Kings 9:12-28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201818 July 17, I Kings 9:12-28 <BR> <BR> Finishing off this chapter the main topic seems to be how Solomon built Israel. He began right by building for God first, finishing His temple before building his own house. And as he continued to build up Israel he maintained his piety to God. Two items of discord though that I see are the cities Solomon gave to Hiram, they did not please him but we're not told why. And the building of a house for Pharaoh's daughter with special terraces. Knowing a li... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 05:46:28 EST July 16, I Kings 9:1-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201296 July 16, I Kings 9:1-12 <BR> <BR> God speaks to Solomon and things seem pretty straight forward. If you and the people do what they are supposed to do then Israel will remain powerful forever. God even defines what it will take for Him to cut off Israel, if you worship idols. I can almost understand for someone who has never known God to worship idols but for any person who has acknowledged and seen the works and wonders of God to turn back to idols boggles the mind. All of creation scre... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 06:10:06 EST July 15, I Kings 8:54-66 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200752 July 15, I Kings 8:54-66 <BR> <BR> Solomon finishes his prayer and note his position, he knelt humbly before God's altar with his hands raised. The king of Israel humbled himself before God and in view of the people. I think that's significant, I can't imagine any current political leader who would humble themselves in front of any audience. Pride and arrogance are the greatest sins, they are what keep us from God. Steve Brown said on several broadcasts that it's not our sin that separat... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:07:55 EST July 14, I Kings 8:31-53 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200212 July 14, I Kings 8:31-53 <BR> <BR> Solomon's prayers and pleas to God are prophetic. He acknowledges that all men will sin and that the only way to forgiveness is through the temple of God (remember that the ultimate temple of God is Christ). He also prophecies about Israel sinning and how God will punish them through famine, drought, captivity. He speaks of a day when people from all over the world will hear of the mighty arm of God and come to Him. All of what Solomon prayed came to pas... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 06:49:26 EST July 13, I Kings 8:22-30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199627 July 13, I Kings 8:22-30 <BR> <BR> After the temple is dedicated Solomon prays a prayer over the people, and a praise to God. He acknowledges God's sovereignty, that God is bigger than any house, that the heavens above can't contain God. He praises God for fulfilling the promise to David and also notes that's dependent on obedience. And his plea that God will listen and hear the prayers when men pray towards this place. Some compare the temple to a type of Christ, so in essence then Solom... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:49:30 EST July 12, I Kings 8:1-21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199026 July 12, I Kings 8:1-21 <BR> <BR> Solomon finished the temple and at it's dedication he brings up the critical piece, the ark of the covenant. Note where it's been, in the city of David. Does that phrase ring a bell somewhere else? Jesus was born in the city of David. I find it curious that the man made ark was brought to Jerusalem from the city of David and the God made ark, the final symbol of the eternal covenant also came from there. And God honored His promise to Solomon, at the de... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 04:03:39 EST July 11, I Kings 7:12-51 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198431 July 11, I Kings 7:12-51 <BR> <BR> Solomon hired Hiram of Tyre to make the temple items. Hiram was apparently the most skilled artist working in metals and Solomon spared no expense. Items to note, all of the pieces that were outside the temple are made of bronze and all inside the temple are gold. <BR> That shows how man, being outside and separated from God is un-pure and corruptible, but God, represented by gold is pure and incorruptible. To get an idea of the sizes, the sea as it's ca... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 05:07:26 EST July 10, I Kings 7:1-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197868 July 10, I Kings 7:1-11 <BR> <BR> Solomon built for himself at least two houses and one for his wife, Pharaoh's daughter. His first house took 13 years to build, nearly twice as long as the temple but we don't know how many people were involved. It was considerably bigger than the temple though. The second house, the Forest Of Lebanon, was built with materials from that forest, primarily cedars. He furnished and adored the houses with costly items. This was a time of great prosperity fo... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 04:53:24 EST July 9, I Kings 6:8-38 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197346 July 9, I Kings 6:8-38 <BR> <BR> It took a little over 7 years to build the temple, the description lists all sorts of ornate designs and expensive materials. Details that while interesting aren't what I want to focus on. It comes in verses 11-13; “ Now the word of the Lord came to Solomon, 12 “Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and obey my rules and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you, which I spoke to... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 05:28:59 EST July 8, I Kings 6:1-7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196801 July 8, I Kings 6:1-7 <BR> <BR> Solomon builds the temple which was very big, with a lot of pieces. Something I find intriguing is that all of the pieces were made off site yet the went together without more tooling. As a precision machinist I'm impressed by this. I make a lot of parts with very close tolerances, all it takes is for a few parts to be out just a little and the whole part doesn't fit together. All of these stones and boards needed to be worked to fairly precise measuremen... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 05:35:46 EST July 7, I Kings 5:13-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196259 July 7, I Kings 5:13-17 <BR> <BR> Solomon conscripts and commissions a workforce to cut the parts of the temple, from the unskilled to the very skilled. He had 70000 unskilled laborers, called burden bearers and 80000 stonecutters, semiskilled, cutting raw stones. All of these along with Hiram's builders, Solomon's, and the men of Gebal who were among the best stone shapers around. Looking at this as a public works project, Solomon employed over 200000 men to make the pieces and build the... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 04:58:03 EST July 6, I Kings 5:1-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195645 July 6, I Kings 5:1-13 <BR> <BR> Israel enjoys a time of peace and prosperity, the new young king is forming treaties with his neighbors. They trade in goods and services and for at least a short time all is well in the world. This is the only time in their history when Israel enjoyed this type of peace. All 12 tribes are united under one king, and both the king and nation are respected by their neighbors. Some scholars say that God allowed this time of peace so that Solomon could complet... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 04:49:55 EST