1 Kings 9 Commentary

First Kings 9 Commentary

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The LORD appears to Solomon again. The message is simple: obedience.

Solomon has just completed a mega-church project. He has also achieved his dreams. Palaces have been built. He is sitting on the throne with everything around him at his command. It is at this point that the LORD appears to Solomon with the simple message: obey me. Simply put, obey the Ten Commandments.

Then the LORD repeats the words had spoken to David. The great promises of first Samuel 7 are hinged on obedience, both now and in the future. The LORD warns Solomon that his mega-church project would be reduced to nothing should sin prevail. The good times in the Promised Land would come to an end. Israel would be scattered once again.

We are reminded of the scattering at Babel. When man comes together to sin, the LORD moves in to scatter. As the first couple was scattered out of the Garden of tranquility, so sinful man will always experience the scattering of the LORD.

The saint is called upon to reflect. It is the right way to react when you discover your life has become a byword and an object of ridicule. What has happened? Disobedience has happened. Yes. It has happened right in the midst of your mega-church projects and great physical blessings. Fewer people are in more danger of disobedience than the ones that swim in endless blessings.

It is impossible to read these lines without thinking of a fallen Solomon. The reader is warned. This man continued to attend church meetings. He met temple obligations. His popularity continued to increase. His power and wisdom remained unmatched, yet there was an area that was constantly rotting.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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