Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Our knowledge of the Holy One and wisdom can't save us from being faithless and unfaithful, it's only the LORD GOD who is faithful. II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believer III. OBJECTIVES: To show there's only One Faithful, that is GOD
Our knowledge of the Holy One and wisdom can't save us from being faithless and unfaithful, it's only the LORD GOD who is faithful.
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show there's only One Faithful, that is GOD, thru the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
1 Kings 2:4 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
If you do this, then the LORD will keep the promise he made to me. He told me, ‘If your descendants live as they should and follow me faithfully with all their heart and soul, one of them will always sit on the throne of Israel.’
GOD is faithful and we're faithless inspite of knowledge and wisdom combined, we can't help ourselves, only GOD can.
LORD is faithful were not
A. 1 Kings - second in a series of three double books: 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, and 1 & 2 Chronicles, originally they were single books Samuel, Kings and Chronicles, the Septuagint translators made the division
The Septuagint translators were the ones who made the divisions, and they did so more or less for the convenience of the reader.—Source:
J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
B. Traditional writer: Prophet Jeremiah
C. Common expression: "as David his father" occurred 9 times
D. Place in the Bible: History of the kings, reveals the decline and fall of the kingdom
1. first the kingdom was divided
2. each kingdom fell
E. Moral teaching: to show man his inability to rule himself and the world.
If King Saul symbolized the law and his son Jonathan symbolized knowledge.
King David symbolized grace and his son Solomon symbolized wisdom. (application of knowledge)
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. GOD fulfilled His promises to King David
"If you do this, then the LORD will keep the promise he made to me. He told me,"
B. All the terms of the covenant have been violated
"He told me, ‘If your descendants live as they should and follow me faithfully with all their heart and soul,"
Although King David is a man after GOD's own heart and in his time during the Old testament king, David practised the principles of grace in his life, and it's clear that his son King Solomon is replacing him and his kingship is under the principles of the law of Moses.
1 Kings 2:3 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
Observe the requirements of the Lord your God, and follow all his ways. Keep the decrees, commands, regulations, and laws written in the Law of Moses so that you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go.
and yet we find King Solomon violating every Guidelines for the king set forth by GOD thru Moses:
Deuteronomy 17:14-20 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
“You are about to enter the land the Lord your God is giving you. When you take it over and settle there, you may think, ‘We should select a king to rule over us like the other nations around us.’
If this happens, be sure to select as king the man the Lord your God chooses. You must appoint a fellow Israelite; he may not be a foreigner.
“The king must not build up a large stable of horses for himself or send his people to Egypt to buy horses, for the Lord has told you, ‘You must never return to Egypt.’
The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the Lord. And he must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself.
“When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests.
He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees.
This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.
1. Let's enumerate the violations of King Solomon:
a. "The king must not build up a large stable of horses for himself"
1 Kings 4:26 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
Solomon had 4,000 stalls for his chariot horses, and he had 12,000 horses.
b. "send his people to Egypt to buy horses, for the Lord has told you, ‘You must never return to Egypt.’ "
1 Kings 3:1 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and married one of his daughters. He brought her to live in the City of David until he could finish building his palace and the Temple of the Lord and the wall around the city.