• William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 15, 2021

Daily Reading: I Kings 8-9

I Kings 9:2 That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon.

It has been years since the Lord first appeared to Solomon, perhaps as many as twenty years or as few as seven, some say eleven. The exact number is not as important as it is to know that it has been a number of years since Solomon heard from the Lord God. Now, the Lord appears to him again. Between the first appearance of the Lord to Solomon (I Kings 3:5) and this one, the king has been busy. He has been faithful to his calling and industrious in constructing the Lord's temple. He has been exemplary. From his testimony consider this.

Solomon was faithful even though for days, weeks, months, and years he had no word from God. Today individuals have God's Word, weekly church services, devotions, podcasts, and many other ways to hear from God; yet it seems so many have difficulty walking in His directions. What if you had nothing from Him for seven years, eleven years, or twenty years? Would you be faithful to the calling on your life (for all of His people have one)? Leaving this thought, think about another.

When the Lord did appear to Solomon the second time He set before the king a blessing or a curse (9:4-6). Walk before the Lord and do righteousness and keep His commands and be established, or turn from following Him, reject His commands and serve other gods and Israel would be rejected. This challenge, this choice, this chance was nothing new. The Lord told Israel the same thing about 440 years earlier through Moses in Deuteronomy 29:23-26.

Meaning, the Lord came to Solomon years after the first time with a 400-year-old message that was just as relevant in Solomon's day as it was in Moses' day. This message of the benefits of walking with God, versus the difficulties resulting from not walking with God are seen throughout the entire Bible. The New Testament especially invites all who have been grafted into Israel through the new birth of salvation through faith to walk with God. Give Him first place. Daily feast on His Word and obey His teachings. In doing these things there are blessings awaiting.

It was a new day for Israel upon the establishment of the Temple and the experience of Temple worship, but the Lord God was the same as He was in the Tabernacle times, and even before. This may be a new day, and we may be advanced beyond any civilization of any time period, but the Lord is the same. He invites individuals to walk before and with Him; He warns those who would do otherwise of the hardships of life resulting from their decision. Even as Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica, I leave you. Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more (I Thessalonians 4:1).

Until tomorrow, walk with Jesus today.

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