Kings Week 5: Day 4
Pray and read
Pray that God would open our eyes to his splendour, majesty, holiness and faithfulness, and that we would live every day for his glory, not our own. Read 1 Kings 11:9-42.
What has Solomon done wrong, and what are the consequences for his actions?
Why does God not remove the entire kingdom from Solomon? (see 2 Samuel 7:11-16.)
What elements of hope are found in these verses? What does this tell you about God?
In a single generation, Solomon enjoyed the fruit of David’s labour and also undid everything David worked so hard for: defeating Israel’s enemies, becoming king, and uniting Israel.
What do we have in common with Solomon?
How do we benefit from God’s mercy?
What hope do we have? How certain is it?
What has God’s Spirit done for me? When have I seen his work in me recently? How can I continue living this way?
Thank God for his mercy, kindness and love in saving us through Jesus, so that we’re born again and renewed.
Ask that God will continue to grow you to be like Jesus, and to be less like Solomon, for God’s glory.
Bonus for Baroque Music-Lovers
Read the synopsis of ‘Solomon’ – an oratorio by Handel. Where has the librettist stopped Solomon’s story? What affect does that have on how an audience would view Solomon’s kingship?