Monday, May 30, 2016

OT DAY 492 - Solomon Wasting Effort to Please King Hiram (Please click here for English podcast)

Silence

1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace and feel His presence. Exhale your worries.

Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your day, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Open your heart to praise the Lord

       From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
          my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
                                     Psalm 22:25

Confession and Repentance (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html)

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in you:

     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sin to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gift to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."

The Word (1 Kings 9:10-28)


      10 At the end of twenty years, in which Solomon had built the two houses, the house of the Lord and the king's house, 11 and Hiram king of Tyre had supplied Solomon with cedar and cypress timber and gold, as much as he desired, King Solomon gave to Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee. 12 But when Hiram came from Tyre to see the cities that Solomon had given him, they did not please him. 13 Therefore he said, “What kind of cities are these that you have given me, my brother?” So they are called the land of Cabul to this day. 
                                         1 Kings 9:10-13

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"

    My Listening

         After God's preaching and warning to Solomon, a strange passage appears. Solomon gave twenty cities to Hiram king of Tyre. Why he did that to give away the cities in the promised land?
           And, what he did can not please king Hiram because king Hiram called those cities the Land of Cabul which means "good-for-nothing"! 

        Let's see how Professor John Goldingay tells us: 

            In turn the sermon gives way to some anecdotal accounts of Solomon's relations with Hiram king of Tyre, the other big player in the Levant in this period, and of Solomon's dealing with the indigenous peoples of Canaan. So what is Solomon doing giving away cities in the promised land, for goodness' sake? 

John Goldingay. 1 and 2 Kings for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, p.48.


             Solomon is supposed to be the wisest human being in the history of mankind. Well, he did, before he was swallowed by his own PRIDE. Step by step his wisdom left him and he became more and more disobedient and foolish. How sad! 

Dear Lord Jesus,
Open our eyes to see the pitfall of Solomon so that we won't step into the same foolishness as he was.   In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.


Reflect on these questions:
    1. Why did Solomon give the twenty cites to king Hiram? Any good reasons for him to do that?

2. What's wrong do you think he had done?

    3. What have you got from Jesus today?

10,000 Reasons
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