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Blogging thru the Bible/ I Kings/Judgment

I just finished the book of I Kings and here are some of my observations:

12:32,33  Yarov’am (Jereboam) sets up his OWN festival in the month and place HE chooses rather than encourage the people to observe what YHWH had commanded.

I’m sure  no one would think of doing that today….right??

11:1-10 “King Shlomo loved many foreign women…..he didn’t obey Adonai’s orders.”  Solomon was supposed to be the wisest man who ever lived, yet he disobeyed YHWH’s instructions NOT to marry pagan women.  Sure enough, they led him astray after false gods.

If that could happen to the wisest man who ever lived, do we think it won’t happen to us if we marry people who do not keep His commandments?

20:43; 21:4 refers to Ach’av (Ahab) being resentful and depressed, resentful and depressed.  If you read the story, he was resentful and depressed because he was bringing on God’s judgment by his disobedience and he was coveting something (a vineyard) that did not belong to him.  In 21:27  He finally shows some sign of remorse (instead of just being resentful and depressed) and God postpones some of the judgment that is due him.

The next time we are resentful and depressed, perhaps we need to ask ourselves why.

11:14;  11:23;  14:15; 20:20  All indicate  YHWH has brought disaster, raised up adversaries and, scattered, and given Israel over into the hands of her enemies for their refusal to obey His commandments and walk in His ways.

Could it be that He has raised up adversaries against us, brought disaster on us and given us over into the hands of our enemies for the same reason?   Or are we somehow exempt from His judgment?

 

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The 1st Commandment

Realizing that so many of us “raised in the church” may have (through our ignorance) really believed in and kept only 9 of the commandments, I thought it important to help my grandchildren learn all 10 and what they meant.  They could both easily recite all 10 by age three and shortly thereafter give a brief explanation of each one.  (We did have to instruct my granddaughter that the 9th commandment did not have to do with “bearing false sweatness”:)  Imagine my surprise, when someone recently informed me that the  1st Commandment wasn’t “Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods before Me”!  According to Hebrew interpretation, it is Exodus 20:2:  “I am the Lord (YHWH) your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”  (The next two are combined into the 2nd commandment).  The idea being that our Father is establishing His authority and reminding us who He is, distinguished from all the false gods of the surrounding nations.  If you read through the Torah, He constantly repeats this first commandment to recognize Him as the one true God.  Just a reminder (to me) that we are all still learning, unless we have come to the place where we think we know it all.  As one of my Bible college professors so aptly put it, “We’re all wrong somewhere.”  Father, continue to show me where.

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