January 16, 2020
Last night we got back into our study on the “the story of the Bible.” We spent a good portion of our time recapping all that we’ve learned from Genesis 1 to 2 Samuel 7. I’m trying hard to keep helping the students to recap, that way we can really trace the story of what’s happening in scripture. We keep coming back to the fact that were looking for the promised snake crusher… and we still haven’t seen him yet. Everyone that the scriptures have put forward so far as possible candidates for that position have failed: Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David (and more). Last night, we looked at the first son of King David, Solomon who seems to be the most promising one yet!
We read snippets of 1 Kings 3-11 in order to find out more about who Solomon was. In first Kings 3:9 we learn that Solomon asks for wisdom to govern the people instead of for riches or long life. God is pleased with this, and grants him not only wisdom, but the blessing of wealth, power, and influence unlike any other king in history. We also see in 1 Kings 6:11-32 that King Solomon builds God’s temple, and constructs it in such a way that it resembles the Garden of Eden! So, Solomon is on the right track! BUT, before we go too far… we also read some things that show that Solomon is not wholly for God. In 1 Kings 5:13-17, we read that Solomon enslaves his own people, just like they were enslaved in Egypt. In 1 Kings 7:1 we learn that Solomon spent twice as long building his own house as he did the temple. Finally, in ! Kings 11:1-6, we learn that Solomon’s heart is turned toward the worship of other God’s because of his love for his many wives.
We took some time to reflect on Solomon. It was not one decision that ultimately lead Solomon down a road toward the worship of other God’s, it was many small compromises. Solomon, it seems, drifted off the path as his heart was split toward the love of women, and the love for stuff. This lead us to talking about how sin that is not dealt with ALWAYS leads to more sin. We can see the rippling down effect in the rest of the story of Kings, as Israel and Judah split as a nation, and almost every single king from Solomon on was evil in the sight of the Lord.
Here’s some questions to help you follow up with your students:
- Imagine a boat setting out from New York trying to get to Spain. How does that boat make sure that they don’t drift off and end up somewhere in Africa?
- If you were on that boat, and you changed direction slightly from your original course, do you think you’d notice? Why or why not?
- The Christian life is a little bit like that. Small compromises can set our course off target. Instead of aiming after God, we can start aiming toward other things, and before we know it, we end up at a completely different destination. What do we need in order to stay going straight in the waters of life?
- Are there things that you feel have caused you to drift? Have you made compromises that have taken you off course? If so, what are they?
- What are your strategies for helping to correct those things?
- Spend some time in prayer together that the Lord would be your compass, your rudder, your anchor, and your guide.