Saturday, August 30, 2014

2 Kings 1

Instead of seeking YHWH whether he shall still recover from this injury through prayers and worship, Ahaziah sought Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, an offensive act against our Lord. That's why those that do not inquire of the word of God for their security shall hear of it to their terror. The Bible is clear that there is time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to harvest. Our eternal security in always in the sovereign hand of the Almighty, Jesus Christ our Redeemer... Reading: 2 Kings 1. God bless. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

1 Kings 22

If there are true prophets, there are also counterfeit. The false prophets cannot so mimic the true, and one faithful servant of JHWH was worth them all. Worldly men in all ages, like Ahab, have the same absurd view of religion. They would rather have this so called 'servant of God' fit his doctrine to their fashion and evil desires. They will use the name of God for their own purpose with deceitful intent. Jesus said, beware of false one...  Reading: 1 Kings 22, God bless. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

1 Kings 20

Benhadad sent Ahab a very impolite demand, and Ahab submitted disgracefully. It shows that if God do not rule us, our enemies shall rule over us, sin. Our God is not only reigning in the plains and hills, but He is the sovereign King over all the earth. The Syrians were so ignorant of YHWH that it is Him, not the armies of Israel that beat them. They supposed that Israel had many gods to whom they ascribed limited power within a certain locality... Reading: 1 Kings 20, God bless. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

1 Kings 19

Jezebel sent Elijah a threatening message, so he ran for his life and went to Beersheba by foot (110 m. away). Great faith is not always similar to strong faith. In time of trials and disappointment, Elijah shows that we don't have to wait for signs of fire, earthquake, wind but we can hear the still small voice of God. Then God asked him, "What do you do here?" It means that this question concerns us whether we are in the right place of our duty to God. Am I where I should be? Reading: 1 Kings 19, God bless. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

1 Kings 18

Elijah called upon the Israelites to determine whether Jehovah or Baal was the supreme God and Judge of the world, and to follow Him alone. It is dangerous to serve God at the same time serving the worldly things, or the dominion of Christ and the dominion of our Satan. If Yahweh (Yeshua) be the only Savior, let us cleave to Him alone, and if the Bible be the word of God, let us reverence the whole of it, and submit our understanding to its divine authority... Reading: 1 Kings 18, God bless. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

1 Kings 15

1 Kings 15
Jeroboam sent his wife in disguise that the prophet might only answer her question concerning her sick son. Many people are like Jeroboam, they limit the ministry on what they see, and care not for having the whole things under God's hand. Prophets and ministers are ordained by God, and should be understood that without God, they would not be in their place. God will judge men according to what they are, not by what they seem to be... Reading: 1 Kings 15, God bless.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

1 Kings 14

Jeroboam sent his wife in disguise that the prophet might only answer her question concerning her sick son. Many people are like Jeroboam, they limit the ministry on what they see, and care not for having the whole things under God's hand. Prophets and ministers are ordained by God, and should be understood that without God, they would not be in their place. God will judge men according to what they are, not by what they seem to be... Reading: 1 Kings 14, God bless. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

1 Kings 13

The example of Jeroboam and the disobedient prophet show that there were many dishonest and unfaithful servants in the ancient time, and for that reason, the nation of Israel continued to struggle against their God. The prophet's prediction about Josiah who would destroy the altar was fulfilled 300 years later (2 Kings 23:15). Jesus said that we cannot be His disciple if we can't deny ourselves, in which this prophet had failed to maintain... Reading: 1 Kings 14, God bless. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

1 Kings 12

Rehoboam rejected the elder's recommendation to keep the 10 tribes part of his kingdom. Instead, he followed his friends' that resulted to its division. It is important for ourselves to surround us with godly people to avoid all forms of mistakes. On the other hand, Jeroboam distrusted the providence of God by disobeying God's law and worshipping images. A disbelief in God's all-sufficiency is at the bottom of our departures from Him... Reading: 1 Kings 12, God bless. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

1 Kings 10

The queen of Sheba came to Solomon to hear his wisdom, thereby to improve her own. She was so impressed, declaring that only half had been told her. Similar to our experience in Christianity, we only understand its meaning when we enter God's kingdom. The queen made a noble present to the king. What we present to Christ, he needs not, but our heart and commitment. Indeed, blessed are they that dwell in the house of the Lord... Reading: 1 Kings 10, God bless. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

1 Kings 9

God warned Solomon that he and his people should not be high-minded but fear Him. It warns that after the achievements and services we can accomplish before God, we stand upon the same terms as before, for there is no favoritism, and no one is above the law with God. Here, God prospered all his projects, but Solomon raised forced labor and imposed heavy taxes. Solomon begins with piety, then prosperity, lastly, pleasure... Reading: 1 Kings 9, God bless. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

1 Kings 8

The final work in the temple was the bringing of the ark in its proper place, the holy of holies, and was done with great solemnity. It is a place where they expected God to speak to them when they pray, offer sacrifices, and seek direction. The glory of God that appears in the cloud signifies His presence and approval of this temple. In his prayer, it says that God's promises must be the guide of our desires and the ground of our hopes... Reading: 1 Kings 8, God bless.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

1 Kings 7

Solomon began with the temple; he built for God first, for seven years, perfect number in Jewish numerology. Then he also built buildings for himself, thirteen years. It shows that we ought to prefer God's honor before our own desires and satisfaction. His temple had two pillars named Jachin means established, and Boaz means strength; which mean it is God who is the Source of all things. He is the sure foundation that gives us strength... Reading: 1 Kings 6, God bless. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

1 Kings 6

480 years after Exodus, the children of Israel built the temple in the promised land, and it was called the house of the Lord, for it would be a dwelling place of God among His people. As it was constructed, no iron tool was heard because it must be a place of peace, symbolizing the inner peace that the Holy Spirit brought in every believer's life. We are the temple of God under construction, and must be fitted and made ready for Christ's return... Reading: 1 Kings 6, God bless. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

1 Kings 5

The temple in Jerusalem was built by both Jews and Gentile, which typified their being called into one community. There was no opposition, as the skills and wisdom were made available for the interest of Solomon's kingdom. In serving the Lord, we should lay our foundation firm, and bestow most of our labor and sacrifice for Him who called us. And happy are those who are built up a spiritual house as a dwelling place of God through the Spirit... Reading: 1 Kings 5. God bless. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

1 Kings 4

Using God's given wisdom, Solomon ruled with passion and largeness of heart. He had peace on all sides, that the surrounding nations come to listen and praise his greatness. He had the gift of utterance that he used for the good of others. Solomon is a type of Christ, in whom all treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden. Christ's fame spread through all the earth so that all nations learn of Him and receive God's Spirit for their salvation... Reading: 1 Kings 4. God bless.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

1 King 3

Solomon's dream was not a common one; he was able to receive the Divine vision, and to make a suitable choice. With humble heart, he pleads the Lord like a little child and beg to give him wisdom. So God honored him and blessed his heart with assurance of wealth and victory as well. As God's people, we must pray for wisdom, because the way to get spiritual blessing is to wrestle with God in prayer. Solomon has wisdom because he did ask it, and wealth because he did not... Reading: 1 Kings 3, God bless. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

1 Kings 2

David's charge to Solomon concerning several people did not come from personal anger, but for the security of the nation & his throne. His message were delivered under the influence of the Holy Spirit, in the exercise of faith and hope. Solomon destroyed these people because the old malignity remains in their hearts, no evidence of repentance had found in them. God knows the hearts of men, His eyes is over us, so let us strive to walk in His presence always... Reading: 1 Kings 2, God bless. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

1 Kings 1

David is old, and the people began to think of who would be the next to sit on his throne. Politics and power struggle can be felt, but God is in control over His people. Adonijah had made self-proclamation, but Nathan and Bathsheba were wise to go straight to the king. Lesson: If we want ourselves to be saved, go directly to King Jesus. With this wise ruling, God blessed the ordinance, and the people rejoice to accept Solomon as their new king... Reading: 1 Kings 1, God bless. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

2 Samuel 24

God is sovereign over all the earth, and the pride of David's heart was his sin in numbering of the people. It shows that what appears to us harmless or a small offense, may be a great sin in the eyes of God, who discerns the intents of the heart. David chose a judgment which came straight from God's hand, whose mercies he knew to be very great rather than men. At the end, he purchased the land to build the altar in honor of his God... Reading: 2 Sam. 24, God bless. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

2 Samuel 22

This chapter is psalm of praises to the Lord; the fruits of David's lip while giving  thanks unto Him. It tells that those who trust God in the way of duty shall find Him a present help in their greatest dangers. We shall never be delivered from the enemies, because He is the strong Rock of our salvation. That's why since we received mercies from God, we ought to give Him the glory, and bring the offering of adoration with the fire of affection... Reading: 2 Sam. 22, God bless.