Weekly Worship Meditation

September 2013

God uses men's sins and then judges men for them

September 22, 2013 (#2) “…therefore behold! I will bring disaster on the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam every male in Israel, bond and free; I will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as one takes away refuse until it is all gone.  The dogs shall eat whoever belongs to Jeroboam and dies in the city, and the birds of the air shall eat whoever dies in the field; for the LORD has spoken!" —1 Kings 14:10-11  Jeroboam was the...

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The Blame Game

September 22, 2013 (#1) Ahab was arguably the worst king in Israel (Israel in the north, not Judah in the south).  Not only was Ahab raised by a wicked father (Omri), he married one of history’s most wicked women, the idolatrous daughter of the pagan king of Sidon.  Ahab joined his iniquitous bride in worshipping the false god, Baal, and leading the nation to do the same. Meanwhile, God’s prophet Elijah was sent by God to speak to Ahab.  Ahab’s greeting is...

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Finding Christ in the Old Testament

September 15, 2013 “Now all the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.” —1 Kings 10:24  Solomon was the first of David’s sons to sit on the throne in Jerusalem.  He was greater than all the others who succeeded him.  Except for One. Jesus is the “Greater Son of David” of whom Solomon was merely a type.  The fact that people came from “all the earth” points to...

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Solomon a type of Christ

September 8, 2013 And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon. —1 Kings 4:34  The Wisdom of Solomon.  It is worthy of note that in 1 Kings, Solomon makes two rather foolish decisions in the first three verses of chapter three: an unwise marriage and unbiblical worship.  Then in verses 7-9 the young king asked God for wisdom.  God was pleased with his request and granted it...

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Safest in the hands of God

September 1, 2013 “I am in great distress. Please let us fall into the hand of the LORD, for His mercies are great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man.” —2 Samuel 24:14 Driven by pride, David made a big mistake.  He set out to count the people in Israel, presumably so that he could see how great His kingdom was.  God sent Gad, a prophet, to rebuke the king.  God determined to discipline David.  Yes, God disciplines those He loves...

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