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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. .

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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.


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.’ ”

faith is the key 1 kings 9 11
Faith Is The Key1 Kings 9 - 11

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


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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 ...’


Solomon is also reminded

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.’ ”


At first all seems to be good

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.


We are introduced to queen Sheba

She is one of many who come to see the king

Are the stories true?

Wisdom and wealth

Don’t come empty handed


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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.


It seems strange

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


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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.


Solomon worshipped other God’s

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 promises are removed

The kingdom will fall out of his hands

Because of Solomon’s lack of faith

Because of his worship of other God’s


Hadad the Edomite returns to fight against Israel

Rezon gathered an army in Damascus

Rehaboam is promised ten tribes

The tribes of Israel will be yours IF…


There is a lot of bad news

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


This is a prophetic word

Because of David’s faithfulness…

The Lord will bring the messiah through the line of David

Faithfulness is rewarded


Putting it all together

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


Putting it all together

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


Putting it all together

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


Be faithful

Seek wisdom

God always has something good stored for us


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