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June 10, 2019

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Read 2 Chronicles 9

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+9&version=NLT

 

Scripture- 2 Chronicles 9:8- "Praise the Lord your God, who delights in you and has placed you on the throne as king to rule for him. Because God loves Israel and desires this kingdom to last forever, he has made you king over them so you can rule with justice and righteousness.”


Observations- The Queen of Sheba was deeply impressed by the wisdom and wealth of Solomon. She equated that with having the full blessing of God, which is often affirmed in Scripture. It is also, however, not a given that great wealth or power automatically equals the blessing of God. Poverty and a lack of power aren't automatically signs of a lack of blessing in someone's life either. 

 

Application- When things go our way in this life, we give thanks to God for our rich blessings. When things don't go our way in this life, we still give thanks to God for our rich blessings. Our gratitude to God must not merely be related to favorable circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 reminds us to "Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful (when???) in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."

 

Prayer- (by Thomas Cranmer- 1489-1556) Lord God, You have taught us that anything we do without love is worth nothing, for whoever lives without love is counted dead before you; send your Holy Spirit, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues; grant this for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who is alive with with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. Amen.

 

"For He gives His sunlight to both the evil and the good, and He sends rain on the just and the unjust alike." (Matthew 5:45b), 

 

Pastor Jamie

 

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June 9, 2019

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Read 2 Chronicles 8

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+8&version=NLT

 

Scripture- 2 Chronicles 8:11- Solomon moved his wife, Pharaoh’s daughter, from the City of David to the new palace he had built for her. He said, “My wife must not live in King David’s palace, for the Ark of the Lord has been there, and it is holy ground.”


Observations- Solomon made what he thought was a wise and politically expedient decision to marry the daughter of a foreign leader to form a military alliance or at least truce, even though he knew this was contrary to what God had commanded. The problem wasn't that she was "foreign;" rather it's that she brought the worship of her foreign gods with her. Ruth, for instance, serves as a model of how an Old Testament Israelite could marry a foreigner faithfully.  

 

Application- This small and seemingly innocuous verse points to what would become one of Solomon's biggest problems- intermarrying many different wives with no regard to the practice of their faith. God had given Solomon the gift of wisdom, but here he did what seemed right in his own eyes by following a common practice of other pagan countries. The best way to not fall down a slippery slope is to not get on one in the first place. Not everything is a slippery slope, but in this case it turned out to be true for Solomon and the nation of Israel. Have you ever been on a slippery slope that led you further and further down the wrong path? What changed?

 

Prayer- Lord, thank You for Your Word that serves us in so many ways- to lead us in the paths of righteousness, to help prevent us from going down the wrong paths, and to pay attention to how You help produce more and more fruit in our lives. We want to be careful to give You the glory and honor that You deserve through our one and only lives. Lead us and guide us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

 

"But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere." (James 3:17), 

 

Pastor Jamie

 

​​​​​​​To contact me: reply to this email...it only comes to me.

 

To connect with the New Hope website: www.findnewhope.com

 

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