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I Kings 2:2-4:34

I am rather troubled by this line in verse three of chapter three:
“…except that Solomon, too, offered sacrifices and burned incense at the local altars”
Aaron’s descendents were the only priests allowed to handle sacrifices and I believe the offering was to be on one alter alone and that place would be designated by God.

In the seventeenth chapter of Deuteronomy God gave instructions for Israel’s kings to follow,

14 When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, "Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us," 15 be sure to appoint over you the king the LORD your God chooses. He must be from among your own brothers. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not a brother Israelite. 16 The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the LORD has told you, "You are not to go back that way again." 17 He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.
18 When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. 19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees 20 and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom.

Solomon begins to deviate slightly from these instructions and we may tend to overlook some things when all is going well, the subjects stomachs are full and every family has their own property, yet one can be off just slightly at the beginning of one’s journey and end up miles off course as time goes by. We can be so “pumped up” by the blessings that have come upon us and overtaken us we become careless in handling the Word of God.

The Wisdom Solomon had was not his but God’s. The wisdom Solomon had was not because Solomon was so great and righteous but it was because he recognized his own inadequacy to rule God’s people and asked for Wisdom. It is the ask, seek, and knock principal Jesus spoke about. (Matthew 7:7)

My prayer is that I don’t become foolish in my use of what God has given me and that I recognize that there is nothing in and of myself that distinguishes me from any other person. Everything I have has been given to me by God I am just a steward over what he has placed in my hands. My job is to remember that fact.

Acts 6:1-15

In reading through this passage again, I recognize a pattern of behavior begun with Cain back in Genesis. If Stephen’s face is shinning in the midst of false accusations, it would seem that the crowd would understand that they are not dealing with an ordinary event. This is clearly a “sign,” yet instead of allowing their hearts to be convicted, they try to quench the Light they all have seen in Stephen’s face.

Cain is told by God after bringing the wrong kind of offering,

6 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it."

Instead of correcting his behavior, repenting and doing what is acceptable, he kills his brother. It seems that this pattern continues today though murder and character assassination. We feel it is better to remove the other person then to repent. How sad.

Psalm 126:1-6
5 Those who plant in tears
will harvest with shouts of joy.

6 They weep as they go to plant their seed,
but they sing as they return with the harvest

What Christians have been called to do is not easy; however, the benefits far outweigh the pain.

Proverbs 16:26-27

I believe the hunger talked about in verse twenty-six is not just the hunger of our natural stomach, but a hunger in our bellies for the things of God. That emptiness can drive us to acquire “junk food” which will satiate the hunger pains but have no nutritional value, or it can drive us to seek the true nourishment that only the Bread of Life, Jesus, can bring.

Mike,

Your explanation of Acts 6:2 ""We apostles should spend our time preaching and teaching the word of God, not administering a food program," is right on the money, in my humble opinion. Too often, we think the Pastor’s job is to do everything and be everywhere to help me, myself and I. His job is to feed the sheep, milk the goats and kick out the wolves.

God made the family first then the church. So the pastor’s responsibility is to meet the needs of his family then as his vocation tend to the sheep. One of the things your Blog is doing is helping Christians to mature in the faith so we will become mature in the faith and be a help to the ministry. The more “Word” we know the more we “Grow” and the more we become accountable for what we know.

In the King James that 2nd verse reads “waiting on tables,” instead of administering a food program. I’ve come to understand “waiting on tales” as meaning doing what one has not been called to do. In the natural world when a tool or machine is not used according to its design, it will be useless, ineffective and inefficient, and just break down. Iif you use an item that comes with a warranty wrongly the manufacture will not honor the service contract.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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