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EASY RELIGION The king…made two calves of gold, and said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up from the land of Egypt!” And he set up one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan. Now this thing became a sin… —1 Kings 12:28-30 King Jeroboam sought to create an easy religion for the people. His reasoning was, “It is too hard for you to go up to Jerusalem to worship the Lord. That takes too much of a sacrifice. So we…

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More than we ask

MORE THAN WE ASK And the Lord said to him: “I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.” —1 Kings 9:3 The God who created this universe loves me. He thinks about me, and He hears me when I pray. Not only does He hear me, but amazingly, God answers me. He doesn’t always answer when I want Him to, however. And I get impatient. I want God to…

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The Promises of God

THE PROMISES OF GOD Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses. —1 Kings 8:56 In Leviticus 26, God promised Moses He would give the people the land and peace within it. In Leviticus 26:11, God also said, “And I will establish My tabernacle in the midst of the people.” Here, in 1 Kings, Solomon is dedicating that very temple, and he takes the opportunity to remind the people of God’s promise….

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Just Rest

JUST REST Then the king said to Zadok, “Carry the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the eyes of the Lord, He will bring me back and show me both it and His dwelling place. But if He says thus: ‘I have no delight in you,’ here I am, let Him do to me as seems good to Him.” —2 Samuel 15:25-26 David is fleeing Jerusalem from Absalom and his army. As David’s loyal friends are gathering with him, Zadok, the high priest, comes out of the city gates with some of the Levites…

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Total? Commitment

COMMITMENT But Ittai answered the king and said, “As the Lord lives, and as my Lord the king lives, surely in whatever place my Lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also your servant will be.” —2 Samuel 15:21 Ittai made a total commitment to David, although he had just arrived from Gath the day before. Many of David’s loyal friends were jumping ship and joining Absalom, yet here comes this stranger pledging undying loyalty to David. David wasn’t making any kind of enticing offers to Ittai, but this fellow figured that the worst David…

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No Longer Banished

NO LONGER BANISHED For we will surely die and become like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away a life; but He devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him. —2 Samuel 14:14 The woman speaking to David has come to beg the king to reconcile with his son, Absalom, whom he had banished. And through this word picture, she reminds David of the finality of death. We all must die. When we do, we are as water that has been spilled on the ground and…

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Confession and Forgiveness

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.” —2 Samuel 12:13 David’s confession of sin was a true confession. He had indeed sinned against the Lord. His endeavor to hide his sin had only compounded things. But notice that with David’s confession came immediate forgiveness. Oh, that we would cease trying to cover or justify our sins! Forgiveness can only come with confession. It is not until you acknowledge and confess your guilt before God that you…

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The God Who Seeks

THE GOD WHO SEEKS So David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.” —2 Samuel 9:7 Several years earlier, David made a covenant with Jonathan, Saul’s son. David promised, for Jonathan’s sake, that when he came to the throne, he would treat the family of Saul with great kindness. So once David was on the throne and had been blessed and prospered by God, David sought to find…

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Who Am I?

WHO AM I? Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said: “Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?” —2 Samuel 7:18 It was Nathan the prophet who brought God’s word to David. “David, you can’t build a house for Me, but I will build a house for you. Your son who will sit upon the throne after you will build the house for Me. And I will establish your throne forever.” David rightly understood this to mean that the Messiah would be his descendant….

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