1 Kings 11:29-38. 29 About that time Jeroboam was going out of Jerusalem, and Ahijah the prophet of Shiloh met him on the way, wearing a new cloak. The two of them were alone out in the country, 30 and Ahijah took hold of the new cloak he was wearing and tore it into twelve pieces. .
29 About that time Jeroboam was going out of Jerusalem, and Ahijah the prophet of Shiloh met him on the way, wearing a new cloak. The two of them were alone out in the country, 30 and Ahijah took hold of the new cloak he was wearing and tore it into twelve pieces.
31 Then he said to Jeroboam, “Take ten pieces for yourself, for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘See, I am going to tear the kingdom out of Solomon’s hand and give you ten tribes. 32 But for the sake of my servant David and the city of Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, he will have one tribe.
33I will do this because they have forsaken me and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Molech the god of the Ammonites, and have not walked in my ways, nor done what is right in my eyes, nor kept my statutes and laws as David, Solomon’s father, did.
34 “ ‘But I will not take the whole kingdom out of Solomon’s hand; I have made him ruler all the days of his life for the sake of David my servant, whom I chose and who observed my commands and statutes. 35 I will take the kingdom from his son’s hands and give you ten tribes.
36 I will give one tribe to his son so that David my servant may always have a lamp before me in Jerusalem, the city where I chose to put my Name. 37 However, as for you, I will take you, and you will rule over all that your heart desires; you will be king over Israel.
38 If you do whatever I command you and walk in my ways and do what is right in my eyes by keeping my statutes and commands, as David my servant did, I will be with you. I will build you a dynasty as enduring as the one I built for David and will give Israel to you. 39 I will humble David’s descendants because of this, but not forever.’ ”
Even in the Old Testament
Faith was the key
Commitment and loyalty
The more you have the more you will probably have
Because God is faithful we can look for the good news
4 “As for you, if you walk before me in integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws, 5 I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father ...’
If you are not faithful
This beautiful and imposing temple will become rubble
8 …‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’ 9 People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the Lord their God, who brought their fathers out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why the Lord brought all this disaster on them.’ ”
The king honors his obligations
25 Three times a year Solomon sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings on the altar he had built for the Lord, burning incense before the Lord along with them, and so fulfilled the temple obligations.
She is one of many who come to see the king
Are the stories true?
Wisdom and wealth
Don’t come empty handed
10 And she gave the king 120 talents of gold, large quantities of spices, and precious stones. Never again were so many spices brought in as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
13 King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for, besides what he had given her out of his royal bounty.
The king who has so much
Is showered with gifts
There more you have the more you get
The less you have the less you entrusted with
23 King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. 24 The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart. 25 Year after year, everyone who came brought a gift—articles of silver and gold, robes, weapons and spices, and horses and mules.
King Solomon was wise and yet his downfall was his desire to love his many wives
That they were foreign is one problem – not the biggest
That he worshiped their gods is the real problem for the king
King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. 2 They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, becausethey will surely turn your hearts after their gods.”.
4 As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.
7 On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. 8 He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods.
6 So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.
Unlike his father King David
The Lord became angry with Solomon
And there were consequences
Faith, worship and service
9 The Lord became angry with Solomon becausehis heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel…
11 So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates.
The kingdom will fall out of his hands
Because of Solomon’s lack of faith
Because of his worship of other God’s
Rezon gathered an army in Damascus
Rehaboam is promised ten tribes
The tribes of Israel will be yours IF…
There is a nugget of good news
David’s kingdom is not gone forever
Because of David’s faithfulness
His linage will play a significant role in Israel yet
39 I will humble David’s descendants because of this, but not forever.’ ”
Because of David’s faithfulness…
The Lord will bring the messiah through the line of David
Faithfulness is rewarded
Faith in our Lord, in both the Old and New Testament, trumps everything
Our actions are important
Faith is the guiding principle of who we are and who we believe in
Actions can be changed, forgiven or removed
We tend to attract people who we are like us
When we have something, more is added to what we have
To be entrusted with more we must demonstrate wisdom
Pray for and seek wisdom
There is always a nugget of good news even in the toughest of times
When things are tough, our fault or someone else’s, it is not forever
Look for the good news, no matter how small
God does not walk away from us
God always has something good stored for us
Our Mission is to…
Seek Christ, Serve Christ andShare Christ.