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1 Kings 2-3:2

Boy O Boy, the bible is great reading. The charge to Solomon by his father is better than a scene out of the Godfather. First, the conditional promise of God is passed down. Then the drama unfolds. I can picture David near the end of his life weak and frail speaking in a hushed tone so that Solomon would have to listen intently, rehearsing the crimes committed by his nephew Joab and the curses Shimei called down on David as he fled Jerusalem. However, there was also a blessing to be bequeathed upon Barzillai who took care of David during that awful time.

Everyone was about to reap what they had sown, for better or worse. And in a short time Joab and Shimei would reap the whirlwind for their deeds. Solomon wrote in Proverbs, There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death (14:12; 16:25, clearly no one sets out in life to cause their own death by the choices they make, yet bad choices lead to unintended ends.

There is a saying, or at least there use to be, said by the young, “Are you stuck on stupid?” Adonijah could be asked that question. After having his first plot to become king foiled, he attempts to go through the back door like a stealth bomber flying under the radar, he uses Solomon’s mother to attempt access to the kingdom. He even states in his justification for asking to marry Abishag, that as the oldest son, he had rights to the throne; however, God had other plans. So in his statement he lets us know that he is fighting against God’s choice of leadership.

Why do we fight against what God wants? In doing so we are in a loosing battle. Even if we run to the “Temple” and grab hold of the horns of the alter pleading our case and begging for our life, God’s will “trumps” any plan, desire or manipulative plot we can think of.

In today’s reading, we also get a glimpse of Solomon’s slow slide down the slippery slope of following God half-heartedly. He marries the daughter of Pharaoh. Solomon did not follow his own wisdom, “When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him. (Proverbs 16:7)”, or did Solomon write this Proverb after experiencing the fruit of trying to make his own alliances.

Acts 5:1-42

Just a little humorous side note to the story of Ananias and Sapphira, has anyone caught on that it was the “Youth” ministry that buried both him and his wife? Try building your Youth ministry today on that job. Well young folks we have been assigned to bury the folks that drop dead in our midst because they have sinned against the Holy Spirit. Yikes!

Psalm 125:1-5

The first verse of this Psalm gives a big clue that there is another reality, eternity:
1 Those who trust in the LORD are as secure as Mount Zion;
they will not be defeated but will endure forever.

Enduring forever is impossible if one considers life on this earth as all there clearly this writer saw past what he could sense with his senses. The Psalmist who wrote this absolutely believed there is an eternity that exists in the spiritual realm, and that realm is more real that what we can perceive with our five senses.

Proverbs 16:25

Oops didn’t realize I referenced this Proverb in the Old Testament reading. The ability to do that is proof to me that the Bible confirms its own words.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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