Disobedience and Obedience

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How is the welfare of Israel related to her righteousness?

1 Kings 4

Solomon's fame spreads throughout the world.

INSIGHT

To understand the significance of Solomon's wealth, power, and wisdom, we must go back to Deuteronomy 28, where God outlined the consequences for Israel's obedience and disobedience. During the latter part of David's reign and the early part of Solomon's reign, Israel follows the Lord in righteousness for a longer period of time than any other. The results are a greater blessing than at any other time in Israel's history. It is a glaring and tragic reality that Israel follows her kings in unrighteousness, and the curses in Deuteronomy begin to come about. The welfare of Israel is always related to her righteousness.

PRAYER

Offer your praise to the Lord who is holy and in whose holiness we can share:

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33).

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).

Pray this confession as you seek to keep your life free from sin:

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit (Psalm 32:1-2).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.

Now pray this affirmation to the Lord:
I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me (Psalm 13:5-6).

As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:

  • Greater love for fellow Christians
  • Mission work in Europe and Asia
  • Whatever else is on your heart

Offer this closing prayer to the Lord:

Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord (Psalm 31:24).

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