April 7

1 Kings 11-13, Psalm 97

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:33, “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits”. I’ve heard Chuck Swindoll say whenever you wear white gloves and play in the mud. 100% of the time the gloves get muddy, the mud never gets “glovey” (a paraphrase). We read in the One Year Bible Challenge the books of the law(Exodus to Deuteronomy). In them God gave 613 laws over many things, but many were to set His people apart, to make them Holy. God chose the location of Israel which was at the crossroads of civilization for 3 continents. He wanted His people to be in the world but not of the world. They were to be a light to the surrounding nations but never become like them. As Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”.

In our reading we see Solomon acquire 700 wives, 300 concubines, most of them foreign. We read in 1 Kings 11:1-2, “But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharoah: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites- from the nation’s of whom the Lord had said to the children of Israel, “You shall not inter-marry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods.” Though he directly heard from God not to follow other gods these foreign wives proved a snare to him. We next see this man of God, building shrines to a host of foreign gods with devastating consequences. We next see Rehoboam, the son of Solomon and next king, reject the sound counsel of the elders and accept the counsel of his inexperienced buddies who lack wisdom. Again with disastrous results. Lastly, despite having a message from God’s prophet, in 1 Kings 12:28, King Jeroboam ( the first king of the northern kingdom) seeks worldly advice and erects golden calves for worship. Again with terrible consequences.

As we walk through life we should always know the source of our advice. Is it backed by the Word of God? Does the person giving the advice submit to the Word of God? Worldly wisdom may sound good, but if it is not aligned with God’s will, reject it.

Lastly, amazing piece of prophecy in 1 Kings 13:2, “Then he cried out against the altar by the word of the Lord, and said, “O altar, altar! Thu says the Lord: ‘Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and men’s bones shall be burned on you.” This prophecy was fulfilled 325 years later in 2 Kings 23:16, “As Josiah turned, he saw the tombs that were on the mountain. And he sent and took the bones out of the tombs and burned them on the altar, and defiled it according to the word of the Lord which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words.”

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato